Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Fried Green Tomatoes, Dill from the Urban Farm and Gourmet Cheese on the Epicurean Tour

Fried Green Tomatoes were the famous cuisine on the December 22, 2012 Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach hosted during the holidays.
The non-profit Taste History food tour traveled to the Urban Farm and Secret Garden Cafe in Downtown Boynton Beach for tastings of the southern fried cuisine.
The fried green tomatoes dish is Southern American but gained mainstream popularity in the 1991 movie by the same name starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy.  The green tomato was typically grown on farms and plantations in the South.  
Tomatoes are indigenous to the Andean area (between Ecuador and Peru) in South America.  In the 16th century Spaniard explorers introduced the tomato to Europe.    Italians were the first Europeans to grow the tomatoes as food in the 18th century.  Also, in the late 18th century, tomatoes were grown in farm gardens in the US American colonies.  Third US President Thomas Jefferson began cultivating tomatoes on his Virginia slave plantation Monticello in 1809, upon his retirement.



Fried Green Tomatoes at the Secret Garden Cafe in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida served for the Taste History Culinary Tour
The process of frying green tomatoes in cornmeal is an African American recipe that evolved in Southern America because the tomato was accesible on slave plantations.  It was often fried with other vegetables that included okra. The frying cooking technique came from slaves from Africa. When slavery ended, African Americans who either owned their farms or sharecropped grew tomatoes.   The year 1916 began the Great Migration of African Americans leaving poverty in Southern America. As blacks migrated out west to California or the northeast to Illinois, Michigan, New York and Ohio their cuisines moved with them.
The trip to the Secret Garden Cafe also highlighted a fun cooking demo of the dill sauce by Chef Timothy who used dill from the Urban Farm.
The December 22, 2012 gastronome tour also consisted of visits to Marianne Gourmet Shop, Scuola Vecchia Pizza e Vino, the Delray Green Market,  St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and Dee Dee's Conch & Rib Shack.

Below are more photos from the December 22, 2012 food tour:
Southern cuisine - the fried green tomatoes at the Secret Garden Cafe in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida cooked for the visit by the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Step 1. Ingredients and supplies in position for the dill sauce-making demo at the Secret Garden Cafe conducted for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Step 2.  Farm-to-table at the Secret Garden Cafe in Boynton Beach.  Dill from the Urban Farm was used to prepare the dill sauce for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Step 2 continued...chop, chop, chop the dill for the sauce.  The demo was conducted for the Taste History Culinary Tour visit to the Secret Garden Cafe in Boynton Beach.

Step 3. Chef Timothy of the Secret Garden Cafe prepping the dill  to be mixed to make the sauce for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Step 4. Prepping the sauce for the infusion of the dill from the Urban Farm at the Secret Garden Cafe in Downtown Boynton Beach that was visited for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Step 5. The stirring begins.  Dill mixed with sauce equals "dill sauce" at the Secret Garden Cafe in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida

Step 6. The finale.  Delicious farm fresh dill sauce is served with the fried green tomatoes at the Secret Garden Cafe that was on the route for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

The Urban Farm is operated by the non-profit Secret Garden Cafe located in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida.  The Taste History Culinary Tour traveled to the farm.

Farmer Sherry picking dill in the Urban Farm in Downtown Boynton Beach during the visit by the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Taste History tours the Urban Farm in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida
The leafy-greens of the cauliflower plant in the Urban Farm in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida.  The Taste History Culinary Tour made a trip to the farm.

The baby in the cauliflower patch at the Urban Farm in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida that was visited for the Taste History Culinary Tour.
Marianne Gourmet Shop on George Bush Boulevard  in Delray Beach provided made-from-scratch treats for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Sara DeVries, owner of Marianne Gourmet Shop which was created by Sara's mother Marianne, welcomed the Taste History Culinary Tour. Sara continues the gourmet tradition that her late mother Marianne started.

Sun-dried tomato and pesto cheese torte at Marianne Gourmet Shop in Delray Beach was enjoyed by the Taste History Culinary Tour.  All the cuisines at Marianne Gourmet Shop are made-from-scratch.
Taste History guests walking along East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach to the Neapolitan pizzeria Scuola Vecchia whicn means "old school" in Italian.

Scuola Vecchia's oven was imported from Naples, Italy

The Pizza Margherita at Scuola Vecchia in Downtown Delray Beach was a delight for the Taste History Culinary Tour guests.
Sharon, owner of the Scuola Vecchia, welcomed the Taste History Culinary Tour guests.

The Taste History Culinary Tour also traveled to the Delray Green Market

At the Delray Green Market. Visitors from New York and Connecticut on the Taste History Culinary Tour of historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach, Florida

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach was the cultural center on the Taste History Culinary Tour held on December 22, 2012. St. Matthew's was established by black Bahamians who were settlers in Delray Beach, Florida.  The original church building was built in 1911 but destroyed in the 1928 hurricane.  The current sanctuary was built in 1929. 

Rev. Marcia Beam (center) of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church with the Taste History tour guides-in-training.

Taste History tour guests peering at the "black" Jesus displayed at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach which was established by black Bahamians to Delray Beach, Florida. Black Bahamians were among the early settlers to Delray Beach.

Taste History tour guests making their way to Dee Dee's Conch & Rib Shack located on West Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach, Florida
  
Dee Dee of the namesake restaurant greeted the Taste History tour guests.

Dee Dee's specialty of conch fritters and barbecue ribs were the treat for the Taste History Culinary Tour.
The Taste History Culinary Tours are available for the general public on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturdays of each month, year-round. To purchase tickets for the Taste History Culinary Tours go here. Call 561-243-2662.

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To purchase tickets on-line for the Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Palm Beach County, visit tastehistoryculinarytours.org or call 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277. Pre-payment is required. The Taste History Culinary Tours are open to the general public on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Private group tours are also available.

Brief Facts about Taste History:
  • Offered year-round
  • Held on the first, second, third and fourth Saturdays at 11am. Pre-payment is required
  • At least 3 to 4 locally owned and family-owned bakeries and eateries are visited for food tasting. Some cuisines may be culturally-specific.  The food portions are hearty.
  • Cultural centers or emerging art and craft shops are visited
  • Tour travels through historic neighborhoods, downtowns, main streets and off the beaten path.
  • Bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking
  • Some eating experiences are standing-only. 
  • Tour is at least 3 to 4 hours
  • Food and Florida history are narrated by a guide
  • To maintain an element of surprise, each tour is different and never an exact duplication of any previous tour hosted. 
  • Private group tours are also available during the weekday
  • Pre-payment is required. Fees are inclusive
  • Tour takes place Rain or Shine.
  • Dietary Restrictions Cannot be Accommodated. Click here to read about types of foods served on the tour.  
  • Taste History is a food tasting tour, with art and history combined, and although there is some sitting it's not a sit-down luncheon but many of the food portions are hearty and most people are full by the end of the tour.

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Due to the exceeding popularity of the non-profit Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County, the first seven-months sold-out. To meet the demand for the culinary tours, more dates have been added with the tours being expanded to consist of food samplings in historic Lake Worth including Lantana in Palm Beach County, Florida. Therefore, the tours are held at 11am year-round on the second, third and fourth Saturdays of each month, plus private group tours are offered. The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach, Florida is offered on the third and fourth Saturdays of each month. And, Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Lake Worth & Lantana is held on the second Saturday of each month, year-round, effective April 14, 2012.
The non-profit Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County includes family-owned and locally-operated eateries, markets and urban farms in historic Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana plus exclusive discounts at Macy’s are provided specifically for the guests on the Taste History Culinary Tour. The Taste History Culinary Tours are the first food tours of its style in Palm Beach County and are conducted by the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) which is a non-profit 501c3 organization. These food tours include a live guide and are 4-hours with a combination of bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking tour with visits to at least 3 to 4 restaurants/eateries/cultural sites for cuisine tastings along with visiting historic districts, buildings and art galleries. There are now more 30 restaurant/food partners for the culinary tour that are visited on a rotating alternate schedule which means different eateries are visited each tour. Private group tours are also available.

The culinary tours are small-format with the average capacity for the tours being 15 to 20 people. The tour cannot accommodate dietary restrictions.

Effective February 1, 2015, $45 per person is the new rate for the tours traveling to Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana. The new rate for the West Palm Beach tour is $50 per person. Free for children under age 18 (children must be accompanied by a paid adult family member) Due to the increase in fees that are charged to our organization for the tour bus rental and insurance; an increase in our tour fees is necessary. Pre-paid reservations that have been made prior to that date will not be affected. Taste History is a non-profit educational organization. Fees are inclusive of all food and visits to cultural centers and art galleries.
Taste History is sponsored, in part, by Macy's which is famous for its culinary tools department; the Patricia Ann Ravo Fund and the Boris & Edith Rueger Fund. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


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Upcoming culinary tour 2013 dates (culinary tours are held year-round and tours are offered to the general public. Pre-payment required)
Year 2013
All tours start at 11am

January 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, January 19, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, January 26, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

February 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana (February 9th is sold-out)

Saturday, February 16, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, February 23, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


March 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, March 16, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, March 23, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, April 20, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, April 27, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

May 2013

Saturday, May 11, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, May 18, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, May 25, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

June 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, June 15, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, June 22, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

July 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, July 20, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, July 27, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


August 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, August 17, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, August 24, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

September 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, September 21, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, September 28, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

October 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, October 19, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, October 26, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

November 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, November 16, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, November 23, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


December 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana

Saturday, December 21, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach

Saturday, December 28, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


Tours are offered year-round.

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