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Gourmet Walks: Healdsburg Gourmet Chocolate Tour – Healdsburg, CA

Tour Facts

  • 2½ hour walking tour in downtown Healdsburg, Sonoma County
  • Fridays at 10:30 am (adding Saturdays in ’14)
  • Flat route, 1 mile long
  • 7 stops with generous tastings at each
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at 25 North St.
  • $55 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

Celebrate chocolate in many different forms on our exciting new Healdsburg tour. From chocolate beer to brownies to a chocolate port, you will marvel at the glories of the cacao bean! You’ll learn about how chocolate is made, its fascinating history and just why it is so good for your health. Our local guides will also share the history of this wine town– from its agricultural roots to its current culinary boom. You’ll leave this tour with a host of recommendations for dining and drinking in Healdsburg, and special shopping offers at many of the tour stops.

tastings

  • Wine and chocolate pairing featuring the country’s first small batch artisan chocolate maker
  • Local biére de chocolat and artisan dark chocolate bars
  • Assorted gourmet truffles, including a celebrity favorite from the Oscars
  • Fresh-brewed loose leaf chocolate tea from new boutique
  • Chocolate craft cupcakes from Healdsburg’s “farm to cake” bakery
  • Chocolate port from a Russian River winery and dessert wine tasting room
  • Decadent brownies from a beloved local bakery run by Chez Panisse alums

NOTE: Chocolate lovers of all ages can participate in the tour, but guests must be 21 and up for the beer and wine tastings (no substitutions available).

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Gourmet Walks: Gourmet Napa Walking Tour – Napa, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3-hour walking tour of downtown Napa
  • By Private Reservation only December- February
  • Fridays and Sundays at 11 am March through November
  • Flat route, 1 mile long, with time to sit
  • 7 stops with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at Oxbow Market, ends in town
  • $70 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

There is more to Napa than just wine tasting! Welcome to the FIRST culinary walking tour in Wine Country, for those who know that California cuisine is just as sought after as its wine. This tour will delight your taste buds as you explore revitalized downtown Napa with fellow foodies. We’ll share the fascinating history of this beautiful riverfront town, one where celebrity chefs intermingle with organic farmers and boutique winemakers.

We’ll begin at the new Oxbow Market, where a seasonal bounty of California specialty foods and produce awaits you. Your tour will cross the Napa River and visit 19th century historic buildings that weathered Prohibition to showcase the latest trends in California food and wine. You’ll leave the tour with a carefully curated list of Wine Country restaurant recommendations and recipes for your next meal.

NOTE: Customers must be over 21 and bring valid id to participate in wine tastings. Alcohol-free private tours available for groups of 8 or more.

Tasting Menu

  • A sublime, seasonal selection of the best California artisan cheeses
  • Breakfast tacos from an innovative and sustainable tacqueria
  • Artisan salumi from the “first couple of charcuterie” and organic bread
  • Sought after tastes from a historic multi-winery downtown tasting room
  • Award-winning California extra-virgin olive oil
  • Local microbrew tasting and sustainable seafood on the Napa riverfront
  • Wine infused chocolates, brittle and ice cream from local brother/sister chocolatiers

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Round Table Tours: Vegan Montreal, The Luxury of Well-being – Montreal, Canada

From the fake-meater, to Montreal’s Meat-a-tarian classics without the meat to the raw and living, meet the different sides of the Montreal vegan both casual and chic.  From cultivation to transformation to plate experience different stages of your food. This tour straddles  the abundance in simplicity and the brave new world of innovation informed by ethics. Visit responsible restaurants and connected production sites hearing the stories of the chefs and entrepreneurs. This tour will draw you back into your five senses and this moment of sharing with one another.

The tour includes an appetizer, meal and dessert as well as two innovative drinks, the visit of a production site and a cooking course is available most days of the week. A gastronomic guide will walk you through the food experience and the stories of the chefs, entrepreneurs and businesses. A basic taxi service is included, but customized transportation is recommended like bicycles or electric scooters, for example. Base prices per participant are between $185 and $205 depending on the day of the week and group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.

Times: Varies depending on the tour

Distance: Always within one or two adjoining neighbourhoods

Age limit: No

Language: French and English

Price: Base prices per participant range between $185 and $205 depending on group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.   Tours must be reserved and paid 48 hours in advance for individuals and 7 days in advance for groups. No refund in the event of a cancellation.

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Round Table Tours: Southwest Montreal – Montreal, Canada

Out of abandoned industry and the sooty past blooms colourful, delicious and new food businesses and restaurants.  Gritty meets nouveau riche along train tracks and canal, possibility and nostalgia. Market, food factory, historical figures and discoveries for those of the neighbourhood, the newly arrived or gastronomic explorers of all kinds.

Four-hour tour that includes 2 restaurant stops, 3 market stops, beer tasting and one food production site. A gastronomic guide will walk you through the food experience and the stories of the chefs, entrepreneurs and businesses. A basic taxi service is included, but customized transportation like bicycles is recommended, for example. Base prices per participant are between $165 and $205 depending on group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.

Includes a gastronomic guide, the visit of four or five establishments that add up to a lavish meal, and the stories of the chefs and entrepreneurs – and meeting them when possible. Surprise gifts are also to be had. A simple taxi service is included, but customized transportation, celebration cakes, adding on a bar stop are all possible for an additional cost. Each tour is offered twice monthly at a discounted rate.

Times: Varies depending on the tour

Distance: Always within one or two adjoining neighbourhoods

Age limit: No

Language: French and English

Price: Base prices per participant range between $165 and $205 depending on group sizes. Additional drinks, celebration cakes, customized transportation, team-building activities or an end party in a bar are all possible for an additional cost.   Tours must be reserved and paid 48 hours in advance for individuals and 7 days in advance for groups. No refund in the event of a cancellation.

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Access Trips: Wine Country Culinary Tour – Sonoma, California

Join us on a culinary journey to Sonoma, in the heart of California’s Wine Country, with handcrafted wines and delectable meals sourced from small local farms. Nestled in a lush valley with trellised vineyards climbing the surrounding hills, and bound by a central plaza and a historic Spanish mission, Sonoma is arguably one of the most beautiful towns in California.

Step far off the tourist path for an intimate cooking and wine adventure with Sonoma’s finest local chefs and vintners, as you learn to cook with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients. Our Sonoma culinary tour includes cooking classes taught by expert chefs, dinners at the best restaurants in town, wine tasting at one of the oldest family wineries in California, and a hike with spectacular views of the valley. During your free time you’ll relax at Sonoma’s premier boutique inn and spa.

Thanks to an abundance of organic and fresh local produce, our chefs are able create scrumptious menus that change seasonally to reflect the best of what Sonoma has to offer. On our Sonoma culinary tour you’ll learn how to create delicious meals that showcase the best of California cuisine. Our chefs will not only show you how to prepare a meal that compliments the season, but will also give you tips on how to get creative with the recipe at home. Once the cooking classes are over, we’ll all sit down and enjoy the fruits of our labor, along with a delicious glass of local wine.

DAY 1: Arrive & Relax
Pick up from Bay Area airport and transfer to our luxurious hotel & spa in downtown Sonoma. Dinner at Harvest Moon Café.

DAY 2: Tour Sonoma & Taste Its Delicacies
Morning walking tour of historic Sonoma. Afternoon wine tour and cheese tastings. Stay at luxurious hotel & spa.

DAY 3: Cooking Class & Hike
Morning cooking class and lunch. Afternoon hike followed by a visit to the local Farmer’s Market in season. Stay at luxurious hotel & spa.

DAY4: Cooking Class & Farm Tour
Late morning cooking class and tour of organic gardens, olive groves, and vineyards. Afternoon hike and chocolate tasting. Farewell dinner. Stay at luxurious hotel & spa.

DAY 5: Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight home.

Dates: April-October

Prices: From $2590

Skill level: Beg – Int

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Delhi Food Tours: Dinner Discovery Package – New Delhi, India

Delhi Food Tours (DFT) provides customized food tours that give you opportunity to explore a variety of Indian cuisines as they can only be found in the local eateries of New Delhi. Each tour consists of tastings at 4-6 different restaurants along with a Tea Tasting conducted under the guidance of a professional tea taster. The idea is to experience food from across India within the geographical confines of New Delhi.

DFT offers both lunch and dinner tours that are available 7 days a week.

Unlike typical tour companies, DFT conducts tours for groups of 2-8 people per meal with a minimum of one food guide per 4 people. Thanks to our focus on small groups; tours are customized on the basis of spice tolerance, allergies, and sensitivities of each guest. All tours are conducted by Prashant and/or Ayesha personally (refer to the ‘Meet the Foodaholics’ page).

This dinner tour is all about experiencing Delhi by night. While some of our preferred venues are similar to those of our Discovery Lunch Package, there are a few places included here that are only open at night. Here you can experience mouth watering kabab rolls, cooked on a charcoal grill served in open air seating, Egg paranthas (handrolled unleavened bread) from Delhi’s famous roadside parantha guy, mouth watering biryani cooked and served in sealed claypots, Delhi’s famous butter chicken and Dal Makhani, vegetarian snacks from West India and Sweets from everywhere!

This tour takes approximately 2-3 hours. Subject to your location, we will pick you up at 7 PM.

Pick up/drop from within South and Central Delhi (except Karol Bagh): This tour costs Rs. 4000 per person which is approximately US$ 80. This includes transport, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Pick up/drop from anywhere in Gurgaon or Noida: This tour costs Rs. 5500 per person which is approximately US$ 105. This includes transport, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

The fixed price includes unlimited food, soft drinks, bottled water, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and transport (subject to location).

Guidelines for the tours:

  • All prices include transport. If you are staying within South or Central Delhi (except Karol Bagh) or taking the Gurgaon/Noida package, the car/van will pick you up from your hotel, be with you for the entire duration of your tour and then drop you back to your hotel:  If you are staying elsewhere, we will pick you up from and drop you to a mutually agreed pick up point.
  • All tours will be conducted by Prashant and/or Ayesha.
  • Skipping the preceding meal is highly advisable.
  • Dress code applicable for Standard Lunch, Standard Dinner and Lunch outside Delhi: Ladies are requested to dress conservatively. Shorts, short skirts and spaghetti straps are to be avoided. Elastic is highly recommended across all packages.
  • There are no limits on the number of people we can cater to on a given package. However all packages can be arranged on an exclusive and private basis at an extra cost, if there are no previous bookings for that date.
  • We encourage you to help us serve you better. Please do let us know if you have any preferences/allergies/dislikes well in advance so that we can mould the tour around you. We try to customize and tailor the packages to our clients’ tastes, so please do speak to us and tell us what you expect or prefer.

DISCLAIMER: The owners of www.delhifoodtours.com do not accept any responsibility or liability for any adverse medical condition whatsoever arising out of the items consumed on tours. Any and all consumption of items is entirely at the risk of the person consuming them. Medical insurance is advisable while travelling. Sensitivities or allergies to any kind of food are to be advised in advance.

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Delhi Food Tours: Lunch Discovery Package – New Delhi, India

Delhi Food Tours (DFT) provides customized food tours that give you opportunity to explore a variety of Indian cuisines as they can only be found in the local eateries of New Delhi. Each tour consists of tastings at 4-6 different restaurants along with a Tea Tasting conducted under the guidance of a professional tea taster. The idea is to experience food from across India within the geographical confines of New Delhi.

DFT offers both lunch and dinner tours that are available 7 days a week.

Unlike typical tour companies, DFT conducts tours for groups of 2-8 people per meal with a minimum of one food guide per 4 people. Thanks to our focus on small groups; tours are customized on the basis of spice tolerance, allergies, and sensitivities of each guest. All tours are conducted by Prashant and/or Ayesha personally (refer to the ‘Meet the Foodaholics’ page).

The fixed price of Rs. 4,000 (US$80) per person includes unlimited food, soft drinks, bottled water, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and transport (subject to location).

On this lunch tour, we take you on a culinary journey through Delhi’s best street food joints. You can expect to experience lunch like a true Delhiite. What we have in store for you includes canteen style express South Indian food, delicate kababs from North Western India cooked slowly on a charcoal grill, Delhi’s famous butter chicken and Dal Makhani, sinful biryani cooked and served in sealed claypots, vegetarian snacks from West India and Sweets from everywhere!

How much you can eat is entirely up to you. We recommend eating a little bit at each place to save space so that you can experience as many places as possible.

This tour takes approximately 2-3 hours. Subject to your location, we will pick you up at 12:30 PM.

Pick up/drop from within South and Central Delhi (except Karol Bagh): This tour costs Rs. 4000 per person which is approximately US$ 80. This includes transport, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Pick up/drop from anywhere in Gurgaon or Noida: This tour costs Rs. 5500 per person which is approximately US$ 105. This includes transport, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

The fixed price includes unlimited food, soft drinks, bottled water, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and transport (subject to location).

Guidelines for the tours:

  • All prices include transport. If you are staying within South or Central Delhi (except Karol Bagh) or taking the Gurgaon/Noida package, the car/van will pick you up from your hotel, be with you for the entire duration of your tour and then drop you back to your hotel:  If you are staying elsewhere, we will pick you up from and drop you to a mutually agreed pick up point.
  • All tours will be conducted by Prashant and/or Ayesha.
  • Skipping the preceding meal is highly advisable.
  • Dress code applicable for Standard Lunch, Standard Dinner and Lunch outside Delhi: Ladies are requested to dress conservatively. Shorts, short skirts and spaghetti straps are to be avoided. Elastic is highly recommended across all packages.
  • There are no limits on the number of people we can cater to on a given package. However all packages can be arranged on an exclusive and private basis at an extra cost, if there are no previous bookings for that date.
  • We encourage you to help us serve you better. Please do let us know if you have any preferences/allergies/dislikes well in advance so that we can mould the tour around you. We try to customize and tailor the packages to our clients’ tastes, so please do speak to us and tell us what you expect or prefer.

DISCLAIMER: The owners of www.delhifoodtours.com do not accept any responsibility or liability for any adverse medical condition whatsoever arising out of the items consumed on tours. Any and all consumption of items is entirely at the risk of the person consuming them. Medical insurance is advisable while travelling. Sensitivities or allergies to any kind of food are to be advised in advance.

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Artisans of Leisure: Wine Tour of New Zealand

 (10 Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Waipara Valley, Central Otago

Our New Zealand experts have a passion for the country’s outstanding wines and cuisine. They regularly travel throughout New Zealand, discovering the country’s most interesting people, places and enogastronomic experiences.

On this private luxury tour, your expert guides will introduce you to New Zealand’s top wineries, and take you behind the scenes to meet local winemakers and sample delectable farm products. Stay in exclusive luxury lodges, all of which are set in stunning locations and feature gourmet cuisine pairing the best local wines and food.

Begin in Hawke’s Bay, the Tuscany of New Zealand, a region of wine, farms, sun and beaches, and home to some of the country’s oldest and most acclaimed wineries. Stay two nights at a historic 19th-century hilltop villa. During private touring with your expert local guide, visit local vineyards with spectacular settings and sample fine Merlot and other varietals from the Gimblett Gravels, the region’s premier terroir. Visit small local food shops and fruit stands to taste locally produced cheeses, preserves, honey and fruit. Perhaps also visit Napier, a town filled with Art Deco architecture.

Next, fly to Blenheim, a town surrounded by the vineyards and hills of Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region and producer of some of the world’s most renowned Sauvignon Blanc wines. Spend two nights at a lodge, surrounded by 25 acres of landscaped English gardens. During private touring, visit important wineries and sample Sauvignon Blanc and other varietals from world-renowned winemakers.

Transfer with your private driver through the seaside town of Kaikoura and the olive trees, lavender fields and vineyards of Canterbury to a country estate for two nights. En route, stop to sample Pinot Noir, Riesling and other specialties of the Waipara Valley wine region. Spend a day exploring Claremont’s vast ranchlands, see unusual geological formations, and end the day with a gourmet meal of locally produced lamb, venison and other treats.

Next, fly to Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful towns, set on shimmering Lake Wakatipu. With your private guide, visit Central Otago’s leading wineries to taste excellent Pinot Noir and other varietals. Also, visit Arrowtown, a charming historic village filled with Victorian cottages and excellent restaurants. Transfer along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to a magnificent luxury lodge in a stunning lakefront setting with views of mountains and glacial-fed rivers. Meals at Blanket Bay are also a highlight, with excellent, fresh local products transformed into gourmet creations by leading chefs. Enjoy local touring including a flight excursion to Milford Sound for an unforgettable experience of one of New Zealand’s most iconic landscapes.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Hawke’s Bay
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2 Hawke’s Bay
Full-day private food and wine tour
Day 3 Hawke’s Bay – Blenheim
Private transfer to airport for flight to Blenheim. Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 4 Blenheim & Marlborough
Full-day food and wine touring of Marlborough
Day 5 Blenheim – Canterbury
Private tour of Kaikoura and Waipara wineries en route to country estate for 2 nights
Day 6 Canterbury
Morning private farm tour
Day 7 Canterbury – Queenstown – Glenorchy
Private tansfer to airport for flight. Private wine and culture tour upon arrival. Transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Day 8 Glenorchy
Private morning helicopter excursion to Milford Sound
Day 9 Glenorchy
Morning Dart River safari
Day 10 Depart Queenstown
Private airport transfer
Hotels and Lodges
Hawke’s Bay: Greenhill the Lodge
Blenheim: Timara Lodge
Canterbury: Claremont Estate
Glenorchy: Blanket Bay
Cost
$14,110 Per person (double occupancy)

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Taste Florence – Espresso Academy “Crash Course”

For Coffee Lovers! Learn to make proper espresso & cappuccino. Discover interesting coffee trivia, and master latte art.

Gabriele from from Mokaflor, a local roastery, will teach you in a three-hour course in the city center.

More details about the course and what it covers

Knowledge of the coffee plant: Arabica, robusta, Jamaica Blue Mountain and Kopi Luwak. Mild and dry methods. How beans are blended and roasted in Italy. Knowledge and maintenance of the espresso machine. Perfect espresso technique. Grinding and pressing. Intro into coffee tasting, tasting of single origin and specific types of beans. How to master the foam: Latte Art: How to make perfect foam without bubbles. Knowledge of Italian Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Espresso Macchiato and other Italian classics.

PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE A DIPLOMA AT THE END OF THE COURSE!

  • Be sure to give us the full names of participants on your reservation form. This course is not intended for children.
  • PLEASE NOTE: As this course requires using bar equipment, we offer the lesson in a hotel setting as it allows us to offer a hands-on experience to our students without the distractions and noises caused in a coffee bar setting.

CLASS TIMES:

Monday-Friday, 3-6pm in January & February

Email in advance for availability. No last-minute reservations available for this itinerary.

  • PRICE: 55 euro per Person
  • Deposit: 8 euro

TO MAKE A RESERVATION:

To reserve, click here, then scroll down and click on “Book this tour now”
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Taste Florence – Intimate Dinner with Wine Tasting

Treat yourselves to a relaxing, informative dinner with wine on your first or second night in town. Great after sight-seeing!

In one of Florence’s top-rated wine bars, indulge in an intimate dinner, with tasting portions of the acclaimed chef’s menu, a special daily dish served only for our clients, and an extensive tasting of Fine wines.
You’ll eat well, drink well, and leave satisfied (even though you won’t want to leave!).

Weeknights, Starts at 7:15pm €65 per person
(Introductory Price! Discount ends April 15, 2012)

Weeknights at 7:15pm

In one of Florence’s top-rated wine bars, indulge in an intimate dinner, with tasting portions of the acclaimed chef’s menu, a special daily dish served only for our clients, and an extensive tasting of Tuscan wines.

You’ll eat well, drink well, and leave satisfied (even though you won’t want to leave!).

Groups are small. Couples will be seated individually, so it is more a guided tasting than a mixed group.
Inquire if you have a group of up to 4 people and we’ll try to get you the private table in the cellar (pending availability).

This tasting offers a unique and exclusive experience in an intimate wine shop located in the historical heart of Florence, a stone’s throw from Pitti Palace and Boboli gardens. Only 4 places are available per dinner!

Customized and conducted directly by the wine bar’s owners/sommeliers to teach you about the history and culture of the wines produced within the region of Tuscany.

Tastings are conducted in English (unless Italian is requested).

Comprehensive description of the wine making process and traditions from the vine to your glass.

The wine tasting dinner will guide you through the best regions of Italian wine production.

These wines are hand selected from the smallest, rarest and finest wineries, which this wine bar specializes in.

The Wine Tasting will provide an educational and unforgettable moment for any wine lover.

Included: A tasting of an extensive selection of high end, small production white and red wines accompanied by a tasting of Tuscan specialties featuring traditional dishes prepared by chef Marzia Sassetti.

Duration: about 3 hours (but plan to have a leisurely evening)

Available: All Days at 7:15pm

Excluded: Souvenirs (if you decide to buy additional wine) and tips

Available Language: English.

Price: 65 euro per person (Exceptional value!)

Meeting Point: Piazza Pitti #16, Florence

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Additional perks: Guests are invited to join the limited addition Pitti Wine Club, which offers international shipping of the wines you try, and others chosen by the Pitti staff, right to your door.

Cancellation Policy: The tasting runs on rain or shine, as it is conducted indoors. Total refund will be made for cancellations made within 72hrs of the tasting. However, no-shows cannot be refunded.

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