I’m including this list of food and walking tours, as I felt it would be appreciated by many of our readers.

Travel and Leisure News www.TravelandLeisureNews.com


For Immediate Release, July 9, 2012

This special feature release includes companies that offer Food Tours, Food & Walking Tours and Culinary Tours.


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Food Tours of Miami offers an adventure in local South Beach cuisine 
Miami, FL – Food Tours of Miami offers an in-depth presentation of culinary history paired with local specialties, served in a restaurant environment. The company states that it is so much more than just food tasting; it is a fun and informative event. After groundbreaking work, they have carefully selected what they believe to be the best places that portray local South Beach cuisine. They offer the food tours to those who want to sample the most-unique, absolutely-delicious dishes in South Beach; in establishments that are both adventurous and handpicked. Food Tours of Miami operate Saturday and Sundays from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Breakfast prior to Food Tour is highly recommended. They also do pub crawls and private tours are available upon request.

Web: www.yummiami.com, Phone: 561-441-5067

Media Contact: Stephen Rosenthal, Email:foodtoursofmiami@aol.com, Phone: 561-441-5067


Boston Foodie Tours:  “Stroll. Sample. Savor. Repeat.” with Boston’s Tastiest Food Tour
Boston, MA –  Boston Foodie Tours was founded by Audrey Giannattasio, a native Bostonian and a Cambridge School of Culinary Arts certificate holder who wanted to bring the best of her food tour experiences to Boston. Boston Foodie Tours distinguishes itself from other local food tours by focusing on “award-winning best eats”, including “Best of Boston” winners, James Beard Award winners, celebrity chefs, old food institutions, food trucks, and farmers’ markets. It conducts four flagship tours, including Beacon Hill and Back Bay, Faneuil Hall and the North End, the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, and Harvard Square.  Boston Foodie Tours also offers premium tours that end at either 4-star restaurants or 5-star hotels.  The company has been featured in the Boston Herald and Foodies of New England magazine.  Additionally, it has been rated the #2 “Don’t Leave Boston Without…” by CBS-Boston. Tour prices:  $72.00 – $82.00; private tours available upon request.
Web:  www.bostonfoodietours.com, Phone: (617) 461-5772

Media Contact: Audrey Giannattasio, Owner, Boston Foodie Tours, E-mail: Audrey@bostonfoodietours.com, Phone: (617) 461-5772


Culinary walking tours of Boston’s Little Italy and Chinatown with Boston Food Tours offers
Boston, MA – For 17 years Michele Topor, owner of Boston Food Tours, has been introducing tourists to Italian food culture on the North End Market Tour in Boston’s Little Italy. On these culinary walking tours the emphasis is placed on learning how the two cultures eat, how their food was adapted to this country and most importantly how to identify and where to buy the very best ingredients. Along the way, your guide will also share a bit of neighborhood history, simple but special cooking tips, tastes of specific food ingredients and the best-kept secrets of neighborhood restaurants. Participants get an insider’s view of these ethnic neighborhoods, alive with colorful immigrant history and undiscovered hidden gems and great food. Rates are $50.00 – $65.00 per person.

Web: www.bostonfoodtours.com, Phone: 617-523-6032
Media Contact: Michele Topor, Boston Food Tours, Email:michele@bostonfoodtours.com, Phone: 617-523-6032


Experience the world through The International Kitchen’s cooking vacations

Chicago, IL – Karen Herbst, owner of The International Kitchen, pioneered the idea of “cooking vacations” in 1994, recognizing that the best way to experience a different culture is through the food and wine of the country.  Today, the tour operator remains a leader in the industry, offering almost 100 cooking vacations and over 50 one-day cooking classes worldwide. The International Kitchen’s top quality, authentic, and intimate cooking experiences include hands-on cooking classes with professional chefs as well as food-related excursions such as wineries, market visits, limoncello factories on the Amalfi Coast, and truffle hunts in the Umbrian hills. Travelers discover an insider’s view into the traditions and foods of the region. They’ll also leave with new recipes to try at home as well as memories and friends to last a lifetime. Web: www.theinternationalkitchen.com, Phone: (312) 467-0560

Media Contact: Karen Herbst, Email: liz@theinternationalkitchen.com, Phone: (312) 467-0560


Experience the tastes of Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, SC – The Culinary Tours of Charleston’s mission is to promote South Carolina local artisan growers and producers, and to help preserve South Carolina’s rich culinary heritage. Join us for an exclusive culinary adventure where you will experience South Carolina’s distinctive food and warm hospitality. The Culinary Tours of Charleston offer two tours that are both two-and-a-half hours. The Savor the Flavors tour is a tasting tour teaching guests the history and culture of Low Country cuisine. The Chef’s Kitchen Tour is a behind-the-scenes look at some of Charleston’s best kitchens. This tour winds through seven of downtown Charleston’s most prestigious restaurants. Guests receive a booklet with recipes for a few Low Country favorites. To book a tour, call Bulldog Tours at 843-722-8687and for more information, visit www.culinarytoursofcharleston.com. Phone: 843-722-8687

Media Contact: Theresa Stratford, Email:theresa@bulldogtours.com, Phone: 843-722-8687
Hedonistic Hiking: Guided Gourmet Walking Holidays in Italy and Australia
Hedonistic Hiking is a small company owned and operated by Jackie and Mick Parsons. Between them they have over 25 years of experience in the travel industry and divide their time between Italy and Australia, having homes in both Tuscany and Victoria.  They are passionate about the food, the wine and the walking of both countries. The tours are fully escorted with great attention to detail and unrivalled personal service. The hotels on each hike are chosen for their high levels of authenticity, charm and comfort. The groups are small and friendly with the maximum number of people on a tour being 16.  Fine dining experiences,  top quality local wines and freshly prepared gourmet picnic lunches means enjoying the very best food and wines the regions have to offer.
Web: www.hedonistichiking.com, Phone: + 61 (0)3 5755 2307

Media Contact: Jackie Parsons, Email: info@hedonistichiking.com, Phone: + 61 (0)3 5755 2307
Cedar House Sport Hotel culinary adventure for foodies who love to hike
Tahoe-Truckee, CA – – The Cedar House Sport Hotel is a year-round base camp for adventure. The Cedar House’s signature Active Gourmand Tour combines scenic guided hikes with cooking classes and multi-course dinners paired with fine wines. Guests gain invaluable culinary tips cooking alongside executive chef Jacob Burton in Stella’s open kitchen. “Hiking and cooking is the perfect combo,” says The Cedar House’s Tahoe Trips & Trails’ owner Patty Baird. “Not only do you learn culinary techniques in a fun group atmosphere, but after an active day of hiking, you can indulge gastronomically without any guilt!” The Cedar House offers luxury accommodations in an eco style emphasizing simplicity and authenticity. Active Gourmand Tour: July 22-26, Aug. 12-16 and Sept. 2-6. Cost: $1,895 pp.

Web: www.tahoetrips.com/multisport_tahoe.html,  Phone: (530) 587-2251.

Media Contact: Nicole Cheslock, Email: nicole@nicolecheslock.com, Phone: (530) 587-2251

Food themed walking tour of New York City’s Chinatown and Little Italy 
New York, New York – Ahoy New York Food Tours allow one to experience off-the-beaten path New York City neighborhoods, while being led on a food tasting adventure. On this walking tour, not only will one taste ethnic foods, one will also discover culture and history all in a very fun manner. On Ahoy New York’s signature tour of Chinatown and Little Italy friendly guides will lead you on a food tasting walking tour, sharing hidden secrets about the neighborhoods and providing you with numerous recommended dining experiences so that you truly have the ultimate New York City food experience. Tours are offered several times a week, each tour’s duration is 3 hours and all food tastings, enough for a meal, are included in the $49.00 ticket price.
Web: www.ahoynewyorkfoodtours.com, Phone: 212-209-3370
Media Contact: Alana Hoye, Email: ahoyny@hotmail.com, Phone:212-209-3370
Enjoy an Athens Food Tour through Greece’s rich and fascinating culinary history
Athens, Greece –  The Athens Walking Tours – the company whose tours have been voted Athens’s #1 tourist attraction in Trip Advisor for 4 years running – offers a journey through Greece’s rich and fascinating culinary history. Launched in June 2010, the Athens Food Tour reveals a delightful world of taste, color, smell and texture that lies right below the striking Acropolis, in the heart of the historic city center. Their licensed guides lead you through a food stroll and introduce you to small, hidden specialty food shops. The guides provide valuable insight on the unique and intricate culinary heritage of Greece as well as the famous Mediterranean diet, hailed today as a model of healthy living. The Athens Walking Tours  is a wonderful opportunity to try out a wide variety of local delicacies as you discover the most delicious neighborhoods of Athens.  Euro rates are 44 € for adults, 39 € for students and children (6-12), children under are free.
Web: www.athenswalkingtours.gr, Phone: +30 210 884 6170
Media Contact: Anthoula Gioldasi, Email:ag@athenswalkingtours.gr, Phone: +30 210 884 6170


Experience the Tastes of Saratoga, New York, on a Food Walking Tour

Chestertown, New York – Saratoga Springs Food Tours has started its 2012 season of delicious walking tours of the Spa City.  Some of the special things about Saratoga Springs are its tastes—at the many wonderful restaurants, the food shops and the famous Farmer’s Market.  Now you learn first hand about the area’s food culture and enjoy some of these delicious experiences—The Saratoga Springs Food Tour.  The walking tours start every Saturday, May-Oct, at 12:30 at the Farmer’s Market and private tours can be arranged at any time throughout the year.  Cost of the tour is $40 which includes all tastings.  The tours last about 2 ½ hours and covers about a mile of walking.   Custom tours are available and can be tailored to the client’s requirements.  More information is available atwww.saratogaspringsfoodtours.com or by calling 518-803-4181 or by email at saratogafoodtours@gmail.com

Media Contact: Joe Haedrich, Saratoga Food Tours, Email:saratogafoodtours@gmail.com, Phone: 518-803-4181


Eat and Explore – Experience Buffalo through Buffalo Bites Food Tours
Buffalo, NY –  Buffalo Bites Food Tours is Buffalo, New York’s newest and tastiest way to see the city.  Embark on a fun journey where you engage with local food artisans and encounter the sights and sounds of the city. On Buffalo Bites Food Tours Elmwood Village Tour you will eat an eclectic mix of tasty food samples at six different eateries. In between tastings you will explore exquisite architecture, history and present day vibrancy of this neighborhood.  This memorable walking tour takes place Tuesday through Saturday at 11:00 a.m. each day.  The leisurely walking tour covers two miles and lasts between 3 and 3.5 hours.  Tickets can be purchased online through Zerve or by calling1-800-979-3370.
Web: www.buffalobitesfoodtours.com
Media Contact: Laura Reed, Email: lbsreed@gmail.com. Phone: 716-903-9260


Personal Tours of the Finest Food Products From Bucks County 
Doylestown (Bucks County), PA – In a world of mass-produced foods, American consumers are finally beginning to consider the source and quality of their food. Bucks County Food Tours is your portal to the best locally created food products that the area has to offer. “Bucolic” Bucks County has innovative and traditional food artisans that are creating nutritious and delicious edibles, like small batch ice cream, pastured meats, locally roasted coffee, cheeses, baked goods, vegetables, and fruits. They will take you for an exclusive view of the finest food artisans, farmers, butchers, ice cream makers and more in Bucks County. They also educate about sustainable, humane and organic methods of food production as part of the learning and tasting experience. Tours are 5 hours long, and include lunch and all transportation. Rates are $95 per person.
Media Contact: Lynne Goldman, Bucks County Food Tours, Email:Bucks_county_food_tours@yahoo.com, Phone: 215-794-4191 Web:www.buckscountyfoodtours.com

Santa Fe School of Cooking offers an opportunity to get an insider’s view of Santa Fe’s tasty restaurant scene
Santa Fe, New Mexico – Only in Santa Fe for a few days and can’t decide which of the world famous restaurants to choose for dining? The Santa Fe School of Cooking can help you try as many restaurants as possible while you are in Santa Fe. Lace up your most comfortable walking shoes and arrive hungry for the only tour of its kind in New Mexico. The tour starts at the internationally recognized Santa Fe School of Cooking, then its out for a guided tour of four of Santa Fe’s most prestigious dining destinations. Each stop will include a private tasting and audiences with the chefs, owners and other key players that make this city one of America’s Top Culinary Capitals. Tours generally run twice a week from 2-5 in the afternoon and include lots of food and wine. There are four different routes, each route featuring a different grouping of downtown Santa Fe restaurants.  $115 per person.
Web:  www.santafeschoolofcooking.com, Phone: 505-983-4511

Media Contact:  Nicole Ammerman, Santa Fe School of Cooking, Email: cookin@nets.com, Phone:  505-983-4511


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