Before culinary tours, the best way to sample food from numerous restaurants was to growl at exiting guests in an effort to get their doggie bags. Gain insider access instead with this Groupon.
During each two-hour tour, groups of up to 12 cover roughly 2 miles at a leisurely pace, exploring about half a dozen eateries. Broadway tours start at the historical White Horse Tavern, explore Newport's Restaurant Row, and end at a popular bakery. Bellevue tours begin at the Hotel Viking and continue on to a gourmet cheese shop and a restaurant in a former Victorian casino, with guests also sampling spaghetti sauce and french chocolates along the way. After starting at Harry's Bar & Burger, Providence tour groups meet a rising chef and dive into seafood, then discover a prime spot for small plates and libations. Broadway tours are Thursday at 2 p.m., Bellevue tours are Saturday at 2 p.m., and Providence tours are Friday at 2 p.m. More times may be added based on demand. For the private-tour option, customers work with Newport Gourmet Tours to schedule a time.
Ann and Michael Martini have long shared a love and familiarity with Rhode Island's culinary landscape. Ann left her post at Rhode Island Monthly to work with chefs, restaurants, and food events, and Michael, a professional chef, has let his knives fly at upscale Rhode Island eateries for more than 25 years. Together, they bring outsiders into New England's culinary gems to sample signature dishes, tour kitchens, meet chefs, and get lucky guests tongues autographed. Ann coordinates each tour, then sends Michael off with up to a dozen people to receive insider access to restaurants, gourmet shops, and other palate-pleasing stops. For two hours, groups cover about 2 miles of ground at a leisurely pace. There are treats to sample at each stopalthough, according to the Sun Chronicle, "What's almost as good as the food is the fact that the chefs welcome tour guests into their kitchens, which in many cases have sous chefs and other personnel beginning to prepare for dinner service."
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