Take a drive down to Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard Saturday to enjoy the Mezze Day Delights, an afternoon of relaxing on the patio at the ranch with a glass of wine and a plate of chef-prepared mezze. Mezze are Mediterranean-style appetizers, like tapas. The hours are noon-3 p.m.
Chef Cathy Tarasovic will put on a spread of treats that will, of course, include olives and olive oil-garnished dishes. The patio area is a nice place to enjoy the peaceful country ambiance, while the gift shop offers everything from olive oil, herbal salves, lotions and handmade olive oil soaps. Dishes, Provençal-design tablecloths and aprons, olive wood serving- and cookware, books on olives and olive tree growing, flavored balsamic vinegars and other food items prepared by the chef are also for sale.
Also, check out the new construction at the ranch, near Elmendorf, by taking the 11 a.m. tour of the orchard, ranch grounds and nursery. Many varieties of olive trees are offered for sale as well.
The price is $10 per person. Sandy Oaks is at 25195 Mathis Road, in Elmendorf. Call for more information at 210-621-0044 or click here for a map and calendar of upcoming events.