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Culinary Tours: First stop is Flavortown

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Bucks County Food Tours
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Historically an agricultural mecca, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is also home to world-class food artisans. Bucks County Food Tours gives visitors a taste of this bounty.

“From small-batch ice cream to roasted coffee to cheese to baked goods, traditions have been passed down through the generations,” said co-owner Alan Brown. “We give an exclusive and insiders’ view of the finest food artisans, stores and restaurants in Bucks County and the surrounding area.

“When you spend an afternoon with us, it’s not only an entertaining and delicious experience, but an education about where our food comes from.”

Small groups can choose from a variety of premium experiences, such as Mixed Bag of Bucks, a tour that showcases meat, bread, cheese, ice cream, coffee and more. Or they can take a closer look at specific food groups with tours like Meat and Greet, Vegan Voyage and Seize the Cheese.

Make Your Own Pizza allows tour members to spend time collecting ingredients from various vendors and growers to make their own pizza and, ultimately, cooking their creation in a clay pizza oven. Seasonal offerings like Fall of Bucks are also part of Brown’s offerings.

“We challenge your palate for five hours on this tour that includes a three or four-course lunch at a local establishment that serves and supports locally produced foods,” Brown said. “Bring your appetite, camera and cooler on this very intimate experience.”

Boston Foodie Tours
Named an experience that television’s CBS-Boston called a “Don’t Leave Boston Without …,” Boston Foodie Tours are three- to five-hour excursions that focus on award-winning best eats with James Beard Award winners, celebrity chefs, iconic food institutions and farmers markets.

“I want to direct you to the best we have to offer, and foodies on the tour will recognize many of the chefs who have been featured on ‘Master Chef,’ ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and famed productions featuring the best chefs and restaurants in the country, including Lydia Shire and Scampo,” said Audrey Giannattasio, owner and culinary-certificate holder. “This is a great way to experience the lay of the land.”

Boston Foodie Tours offers four tours, each featuring important culinary districts in Boston: Beacon Hill and the Back Bay, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway/Wharf District, Harvard Square, and Faneuil Hall and the North End. A tour showcasing downtown Boston will be added soon, according to Giannattasio.

Giannattasio also loves introducing her travelers to venues she claims offer some of the best of local foods and traditions: food trucks.

“We love to combine the old and the new, including not only five-star hotels but Julia Child’s favorite food market.”

Foods of New York Tours
New York
Foods of New York Tours offers five three-hour excursions that take visitors through some of the most famed culinary districts. With entertaining tour guides who have lived and experienced their designated areas enough to become authorities, these tours promise a “non-touristy” experience.

Explore Chinatown introduces newcomers the neighborhood with the largest concentration of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere. Three restaurants and Peking duck, seafood fried rice and steamed pork buns are a few of the highlights on the itinerary. The Chelsea Market/Meatpacking tour offers tastings at seven mom-and-pop food shops and one restaurant, as well as a glimpse into the kitchen of a famed Iron Chef.

Nolita/NoHo, the area north of Little Italy, showcases sites made famous by Martin Scorsese and “The Godfather.” Traditional foods, including Roman-style pizza and even authentic Mexican tacos, are part of the goodies. The Original Greenwich Village tour takes walkers through the tree-lined streets of the West Village with stops at seven eateries, including Murray’s Cheese Shop, Joe’s Pizza and Palma Restaurant.

Finally, the Central Greenwich Village tour features such ethnic specialties as Cuban, Indian and Italian food.