Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fun Review about Taste History by The Kitchen Prep

The Kitchen Prep Review
about the Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach

July 30, 2014
By The Kitchen Prep
Latin and Spanish cuisines at Cabana El Rey in Downtown Delray Beach showcased on the Taste History Culinary Tours.  Photo by The Kitchen Prep

I'm a proud Florida girl, born and raised. But the last time I really knew my Florida history was back in 4th grade when it was a mandatory class {and then again when I had to teach it during my elementary school teacher years}.

As embarrassing as that is, I'm sure I'm not alone. I mean, how much do you really know about the area where you live? And when would you really take the time to research the facts surrounding your city's history?

I was pleased to find that there is actually an exciting way to do this around here: Taste History Culinary Tours, sponsored by Macy's & an official partner for the State of Florida's "Viva Florida" campaign. When I received an email from Lori, Taste History's Executive Tour Director, asking if I wanted to come check it out, I thought it might be a good way to brush up on my Florida history. Did I mention that this lesson is centered around food? I was in.

Taste History currently offers two different tasting tours: One that covers the Boyton Beach/Delray Beach area, and one around Lake Worth/Lantana. For $40, visitors can experience a taste of the area complete with an air conditioned bus ride to each location, ample tour narration including historical facts and tidbits, and -- most importantly -- generous tastings at a handful of the area's best locally owned spots.  Click here to view more photos and to read full review

Chef Aguilar of Cabana El Rey in Downtown Delray Beach with Taste History Culinary Tour director Lori J. Durante. Photo by The Kitchen Prep.

Macaron pastry at Le Macaron French Pastries Shop in Downtown Delray Beach featured on the Taste History Culinary Tours. Photo by The Kitchen Prep

Jamaican fare at Sweet's Sensational Cuisine & Catering located on Historic SW 5th Avenue in Delray Beach was a 'sweet' treat on the Taste History Culinary Tour. Photo by The Kitchen Prep.

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Taste History is an official Community Event Partner for the State of Florida's Viva Florida initiative to celebrate its history and culture:

The Taste History Culinary Tours are available to the general public on the second, third and fourth Saturdays of each month. Pre-payment is required.

To purchase tickets for the Taste History Culinary Tours go here.  Call 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277.

Click here for private group tour information.
To purchase tickets on-line for the Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Palm Beach County, visit 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 monthPrivate group tours are also available.

Brief Facts about Taste History:
  • Offered year-round
  • Held on the second, third and fourth Saturdays at 11am
  • At least 3 to 4 locally owned and family owned eateries are visited for food tasting. The food portions are hearty.
  • Cultural centers or art galleries are visited
  • Tour travels through historic neighborhoods and districts
  • Bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking
  • Some eating experiences are standing-only
  • Tour is at least 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 tasted.
Click here to read News Media Reviews

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 program is offered on the third and fourth Saturdays of each month. And, Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Lake Worth & Lantana program 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 TourThe 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 at least  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 alternating trips to 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 and dietary substitutions cannot be provided.
Effective February 1, 2015, $45 per person is the new rate for the general public tours traveling to Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana.  The new rate for the West Palm Beach tour is $50 per person.  Tours if 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. The Taste History Culinary Tours program is operated by a non-profit 501c3 organization..
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 2014 dates (culinary tours are held year-round and tours are offered to the general public. Pre-payment required)

Tours are offered year-round.  Click here to purchase tickets.

2014 Dates for Taste History Culinary Tour:


Saturday, December 6, 2014 (Premiering Northwood Village/West Palm Beach)
Saturday, December 13, 2014 (Lake Worth/Lantana)

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