Taste History Culinary Tour
I am a huge fan of food tours. And history. And art. Combine all three, and you have a trifecta: The Taste History Culinary Tour. Located in Palm Beach County (South Florida), this ten-year-old food tour offers tours each Saturday and runs three to four hours in length. Tour options include:
- West Palm Beach
- Delray & Boynton Beach
- Lake Worth & Lantana
On my visit, my friend, Griffin, and I took the Lake Worth & West Palm Beach itinerary. Tasting the local flavors of south Florida was a delight. Here is what to expect on a food tour with Taste History Culinary Tours.
Note: Be sure to schedule your food tour early as they sell out fast.
Our day began at the Boynton Beach Mall Macy’s Department Store, where our tour bus awaited us. Tour founder and operator, Lori Durante, greeted us with her dazzling personality as we boarded the small air-conditioned bus. The group of ten of us headed out to discover Lake Worth and Lantana’s local food stops, impressive works of art, and history.
The first stop and my favorite was Don Ramon Restaurant, a Cuban delight that I had read about before visiting. Tables were set with picture-perfect meals of Arroz Imperial, a specialty chicken rice dish, side salad, and yummy sweet plantains when we arrived. Everything on the plate tasted delicious!
We also tried Don Ramon’s Cuban coffee, a really strong espresso, but so tasty. It boosted my energy level for the day!
Supporting the Local Food Purveyors
Next up, we visited a strip mall offering, Mama Gizzi, which had an incredible array of Italian specialty foods for sale and prepared for our group. This is not a place that I would have found on my own driving through Lake Worth. Leah, or Mama Gizzi, was a hoot! She is a caterer and gourmet pasta maker to the stars (Oprah is one of her clients). Mama Gizzi Pasta sells “take and make”meals and is also the pick-up spot for dishes people pre-order for their home preparation. The place smelled fantastic.
Our huge spread of foods included meatballs, a baked pasta dish, lasagna noodle breadsticks (dusted with seasoning and Parmesan cheese), spicy sausage bread to dip in house-made marinara sauce, Death by Chocolate cake, and more. We could have made a whole meal just from these goodies! Mamma Gizzi offers private dinners on Thursday through Saturday nights in the form of “Suppah Club” family-style dinner. Call or check online to make reservations.
We visited The Sugar Monkey, an adorable shop with a cutesy logo and sensational cookies and desserts. The colorful melt-in-your-mouth macarons and pink sugar-dusted vanilla shortbread cookies were insanely delicious.
The Sugar Monkey’s dessert cases were filled with tasty treats like eclairs, tarts, brownies, granola, cupcakes, and dog treats. Jennifer Reed, the pastry chef-owner, blew my mind (and taste buds!) with her expert baking skills! Each bite we tasted was like a party on the tongue; it was apparent that quality ingredients are used. Sugar Monkey was the favorite stop of the day, and also specializes in sensational wedding and specialty cakes.
Our tour group ventured down around the streets of Northwood Village to the Northwood Glass Art store. This artisan spot offered lovely handmade glass items and beautiful souvenirs. Afterward, we turned the corner to a spacious lot filled with vibrant artworks.
Located between 24th and 25th streets on Spruce Avenue, were bright murals painted in bright colors on shipping containers. West Palm Beach, Florida, is bursting with street art, and this is just one example.
A Local Art Offering
Our last stop on the Taste History Culinary Tour was to The Box Gallery, a warehouse-style art emporium owned by Rolando Chang Barrero. The Belvedere Road exhibit space was filled with interesting mural pieces, cool chairs, wall hangings, decorative pieces, and emerging artists’ works.
The artists I was drawn to were Andrew Reid and Alberto Piloto. Alberto studied art in Cuba, and his whimsical portraits are lively and colorful, which made me smile. Andrew creates enormous, intricate and interesting murals throughout the country. I left the gallery thinking about what pieces would look good in my house and wonder what the next holiday was that I could ask for a gift.
Taste History Tours: A “Hip” Thing To Do
Lori, the founder of Taste History Culinary Tours, has pioneered the way for newer companies, offering a fun outing for friends, families, or solos. I like her approach to selecting a variety of cultural destinations. The art and history, which Lori shared between food or art stops, was priceless. Taste History Culinary Tours are never duplicated; each features different businesses and restaurants. What a great way to sample from a variety of eateries in one area.
Schedule your Taste History Culinary Tour today!
Note: Taste History Culinary Tours take place rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes as there is about a mile of walking involved. Bring your camera to photograph attractive dishes and spectacular scenery. Bring a hearty appetite!
Thanks to Taste History Culinary Tours for inviting me to try one of their unique offerings. As with all of my reviews, opinions are 100% mine and unbiased.
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