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Venice Bites Food Tours: Off The Eaten Path – Venice, Italy

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By visiting our local family-owned and operated businesses, our mission is to honor and celebrate their work and their perseverance in preserving what is left of the fabric of Venice, which is gravely endangered.  We have a dual purpose:  Yes, we want to get travelers “off the eaten path,” away from the tourist zones and help find great places to eat.  But we also want to support the families who work tirelessly, day after day, to serve the city and the people they love.  It is often a thankless job.  We want to bring them recognition.  We want to introduce travelers to their crafts, and hopefully, people will return and tell their friends.  But most importantly, we want to help financially support them to help them stem the tide from the foreign investors and international chains that are plaguing our city.  Every day we do a tour, it’s another day they can stay in business.  We know that each and every meal counts, and with your help, we accomplish this together.  We are thankful every day that like-minded travelers like you are there to help in this effort.

Every location we go on our tours has been chosen by us for exactly this purpose.  We pay full price for everything.  We have not, nor will we ever ask for a discount from them.  We do not accept kickbacks or commissions.  To that end, we also do not offer discounts for our tours.  All of these things pull against the nature of our main goal, which is to support Venetians in their efforts to save themselves and our beloved city.

  • Enjoy a day in the life of a Venetian!
  • 7+ stops in neighborhood eateries, which includes all food and five alcoholic drinks.
  • Taste authentic Venetian specialties including cicchetti, tramezzini, and risotto.
  • Get “Off the Eaten Path” — home cooked food and a chance to support local businesses!
  • Eat and drink like the locals do, and we do it good!
  • DEPARTURE TIME: 11:00am
  • DURATION and DISTANCE: 3.5+ hours covering 2 miles (3 km)

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Venice Bites also operates a Progressive Dinner Through Cannaregio tour

 

 

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UnTour Shanghai: Oodles of Noodles – Shanghai, China

Description:

A foodie’s dream, this tasting tour shows you Shanghai’s culinary underworld of noodle joints that have a cult-like following. Each stop showcases the city’s best mom and pop noodle shops – from homemade wheat noodles smothered in a delicious sesame sauce to knife-cut noodles in a simmered beef broth. Watch freshly made noodles pulled out of a lump of dough and sample the best pasta this side of Italy. Trust us, you’ve never tasted anything like this before!

When: Every Monday at 2 PM
Price: RMB 350 per person

Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
Ground Covered: 5 km (3.1 miles)
Private Groups: For more information about group bookings at any other time of the week, please contact us!

Your food tour includes:
– UnTour Shanghai Welcome Pack
– All food and transportation during the UnTour
– Post-Oodles of Noodles UnTour details emailed to you, including recipes & digital photos

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Yummy Walks: Boston North End Little Italy Food Tour

In the North End, the streets are narrow and compact, and there is history – Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, burial grounds – seemingly around every corner. The neighborhood is packed with restaurants, virtually all of them Italian, and the locals carefully maintain their deeply-rooted ties to Italian culture.

This is the oldest urban neighborhood in America. The air is fragrant with the fresh ocean breeze and scents of coffee houses, bakeries, and restaurants, as we wind our way through the scenic narrow streets.

Our friendly and engaging guides will take you to several North End venues where you will have an opportunity to sample delectable foods and meet those who craft these culinary delights. Along the way, you will learn about the colorful history of the North End.

We visit food shops, restaurants and bakers. Best of all you’ll meet the people whose families have traded in the area for generations and still produce wonderful food. And we also meet those bringing new international tastes and food ideas to the table.

Our gentle stroll has lots of stops with frequent, generous tastings along the way. We point out good places for lunch or dinner, though after all the tastings it’s very unlikely you’ll need lunch.

Soak in the history and culture of the North End and enjoy delicious foods in this historic neighborhood while on our Food Tours in Boston!

Even if you think you know Boston, our Food Tours in Boston will show you food establishments you’ve never noticed before.

Yummy Walks’ North End Little Italy Food Tour is a leisurely-paced walking tour that carves a path through the streets of the charming North End.

In the North End, the streets are narrow and compact, and there is history – Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, burial grounds – seemingly around every corner. The neighborhood is packed with restaurants, virtually all of them Italian, and the locals carefully maintain their deeply-rooted ties to Italian culture.

On this tour, you will:

  • Visit several shops in the North End.
  • Sample delectable foods from food shops, restaurants and bakeries.
  • Go behind the scenes and meet the bakers, chefs, and families who have worked in the area for generations and still produce wonderful food!
  • Visit newer establishments and meet those who are bringing new international tastes and food ideas to the table.
  • Learn about the colorful history of the North End from our friendly and engaging guides.

Boston’s North End is the oldest urban neighborhood in America. As we wind our way through the scenic narrow streets, you’ll find the air is fragrant with the fresh ocean breeze and scents of coffee houses, bakeries, and restaurants.

Our gentle stroll has lots of stops with frequent, generous servings of food along the way. We point out good places for lunch or dinner, though after the tour, it’s very unlikely you’ll be hungry.

Some of the foods you may enjoy include:

  • Pastas
  • Cheeses
  • Italian meats
  • Brick-oven pizza
  • Freshly made cannolis

Soak in the history and culture of the North End and enjoy delicious foods in this historic neighborhood while on our Food Tour in Boston!

Meeting Location

North End/Little Italy (Boston, MA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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Villa San Michele: ‘Italian Intermezzo’ by Sharon O’Connor

Stay: 6 days and 5 nights

Cookery lessons: 2

The renowned creator of “Italian Intermezzo” — a collection of recipes accompanied by music — presents a week devoted to the table, to taste, to beauty and to Florence. Expect an extraordinary cultural and gastronomic experience.

Day 1: Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome cocktail to meet the other participants on the course, followed by dinner together at the hotel restaurant.

Day 2: Meet the chef of Villa San Michele, Attilio Di Fabrizio, then begin the first lesson in the kitchen to the sound of music, followed by a delicious lunch with the class, based on the specialities cooked that morning. The afternoon is a time for leisure, when you can laze by the pool or head into Florence on the free hotel shuttle. Dinner à la carte in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 3: Enjoy the day in Florence, and have lunch in a typical trattoria (not included in the programme). In the evening, travel to the theatre for a Maggio Musicale performance. Dinner is at leisure (not included in the programme).

Day 4: Second lesson on traditional Tuscan cuisine at Villa San Michele with Chef Attilio, followed by lunch—with your classmates—based on the specialities prepared earlier. In the evening, sample a cocktail in the Villa’s sumptuous bar followed by an unforgettable Renaissance-style dinner, featuring decor and dishes inspired by Caterina de’ Medici, and served by waiters and musicians in costume.

Day 5:  In the morning, transfer by private minibus to Florence for a guided tour of Palazzo Pitti and Museo dell’Accademia, where you will see Michelangelo’s David. After a morning devoted to art, be treated to a gourmet lunch at Trattoria Cibreo. In the evening, enjoy an à la carte dinner in the Villa San Michele restaurant.

Day 6:  Breakfast at leisure, followed by departure. Check-out is by noon. The Front Desk takes care of luggage. Supplement for late check-out on request.

During your entire stay it is easy to visit central Florence, thanks to the hotel’s free shuttle service that runs every 20 minutes. You also have at your disposal the pool and gardens of Villa San Michele, as well as the magnificent cuisine of the hotel’s Loggia Restaurant. It’s a dream week: give yourself a treat!

Dates:
22-27 May 2011

Rates per person*
€ 3.240 in a superior double room
€ 4.065 in a double room for single use
€ 3.050 for a non-participating companion

*price subject to 10% VAT

Package Includes:
Five nights’ accommodation, transfers, all activities in the programme, lessons and all materials and necessary ingredients.

Please note:

  • The courses are reserved for guests staying at Villa San Michele.
  • The lessons are held in English and Italian; other languages are available upon request.
  • The courses are for a maximum of 10 participants and the approach is highly personalized.
  • The lessons are held in the morning (from 10.00 to 12.30)
  • Hours not taken up by lessons and all the evenings are free.
  • At the end of every lesson, the dishes prepared will be served for a lunch to be enjoyed in the company of the Chef.
  • The complete list of the dishes taught during the lessons with recipes will be handed over upon arrival.

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Villa San Michele: A Symphony of Pasta

Stay: 4 days and 3 nights

Cookery lessons: 3

With the participation of :  Renato Piccolotto (Chef of Hotel Cipriani in Venice), Attilio Di Fabrizio (Executive Chef at Villa San Michele), Mimmo di Raffaele (Chef of Hotel Caruso in Ravello), Corrado Corti (Chef at Hotel Splendido in Portofino) and Roberto Villa (Chef of Splendido Mare in Portofino).

Discover the secrets of pasta, a true art in Italy, and learn how to accompany it with a wide variety of condiments and the tastiest ingredients.

Get to know many of the varieties of pasta and learn traditional recipes, as well curious and surprising variations. Three masters of haute cuisine introduce the secrets of their kitchens.

Upon arrival there will be a welcome cocktail reception and dinner with regional wines to allow participants to get to know one another.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome cocktail followed by dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, with the other participants.

Day 2: Chef Attilio Di Fabrizio will interpret and prepare pasta in the Tuscan tradition, after which lunch is served. Later, there is free time to relax in the hotel or visit Florence.

Day 3 and 4: You will be taught by two other participating hotel chefs, according to the list below, followed by the same daily programme.

Depart either in the afternoon, or after breakfast on the following morning should you wish to stay an extra night (supplement applicable).

Rates per person*

€ 1.965 in a Superior Double Room
€ 2.430 in a Double Room for single use
€ 1.465 for a non-participating partner

*price subject to 10% VAT

2011 Dates:

28 April – 1 May
16-19 June
15-18 September
6-9 October

Package includes:

The price is inclusive of 3 nights (half-board), regional wines, 3 lessons, and all materials and necessary ingredients.

Please note:

  • The courses are reserved for guests staying at Villa San Michele.
  • The lessons are held in English and Italian; other languages are available upon request.
  • The courses are for a maximum of 10 participants and the approach is highly personalized.
  • The lessons are held in the morning (from 10.00 to 12.30)
  • Hours not taken up by lessons and all the evenings are free.
  • At the end of every lesson, the dishes prepared will be served for a lunch to be enjoyed in the company of the Chef.
  • The complete list of the dishes taught during the lessons with recipes will be handed over upon arrival.

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Villa San Michele: Learning with the Chef

Short but comprehensive, this course immerses you fully in Tuscan gastronomy courtesy of our chef, Attilio Di Fabrizio. If you are in Florence for a few days or just passing through, take advantage of this opportunity: all you need do is book one day in advance.

Following demand, this year we are offering courses on three days to ensure you get the best out of your stay:

– Monday, use your time constructively on the day the shops and museums of Florence are closed
– Thursday and Saturday, start your holiday weekend with a lesson on Florentine cuisine.

The cookery course is held from 10.00 to 12.30 and is followed by lunch together with the Chef.

The main themes are the preparation of pastas, risottos and soups, with a particular emphasis on Tuscan culinary traditions.

Dates:
Lessons start on Saturday 2 April, 2011 and end on Saturday 12 November 2011. The cookery lessons will not be hold in the month of August.

Rates:
Individual rate: € 200 per person
Group rate for more than 5 people: € 180 per person

10% VAT is not included in the rates.

Includes:
The price includes the activities, the portfolio of recipes, the School of Cookery apron, and the lunch served with Tuscan regional wines.

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DC Metro Food Tours – Gastronomic Georgetown

Our latest Food Tour takes you to the historic yet chic charm of Georgetown, an area that pre-dated Washington DC. You will be transported on this 3.5 hour Food Tour across 250+ years of history, cross from the district of Columbia to the commonwealth of Virginia, and enjoy flavors closely connected to the Northwest DC neighborhood.

Long before it became popular by the Kennedys and the home of high end retail and fashion, Georgetown was a working class port city pre-dating the Federal City of Washington DC. Its roots are still very much alive and can be seen in the red brick townhomes, and turn of the century factories that are found throughout the area.

The Food Tour will bring together progressive, high end cuisine, with long standing DC institutions. From restaurants and shops running before prohibition, to swanky hotspots, this Food Tour brings together some of the best this area has to offer.

We will finish up our journey by crossing the historic C&O canal and enjoying a sweet ending and drink from a bakery that originated as a printing house.

Your Food Tour may include the following specialties:

  • Hand made pastas from a long time owner/chef
  • Presidential favorite dishes
  • Handcrafted beverages from an ultra chic European influenced coffeehouse
  • Authentic French Cuisine
  • Local wine and cheese pairings
  • DC’s best sandwich at a Georgetown institution
  • Local specialties at a market serving the area since 1790
  • Hand crafted beverages
  • Desserts from Georgetown’s favorite family-run bakery

We recommend you eating a light brunch before the tour rather than lunch. The dishes you will try throughout the Georgetown Food Tour are both small meals and traditional tastings. We want you to be able to experience the best each restaurant has to offer. Like our other Food Tours, you will not need dinner after the tour.

Tour Information

When: Saturdays between 3:00 and 6:30 pm
Where:  Meets 28th and M street NW (The exact meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase)
How long: The food tour will last approximately 3-3.5 hours
Who: All age groups and fitness levels are encouraged to take the tour
How much: $60 per adult ticket (plus a $2 ticketing fee). We will be sitting for all dishes.
What to wear: Comfortable clothing and shoes
What is included: All food and drinks are included in the tour.
Weather conditions: Food tours will take place rain or shine- tours may be rescheduled based on severe conditions

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