Saturday, April 4, 2015

Most Unusual Palm Beach Tour designation from Red Carnation Hotel Collection

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection has selected Taste History Culinary Tours as one of Eight Most Unusual Palm Beach Tours.  The Red Carnation Hotel Collection owns Seventeen luxury award-winning, boutique hotels located in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and in Palm Beach, Florida they own the Chesterfield Hotel.
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Chef Roberto Villegas of Table 427 in Northwood Village in West Palm Beach, Florida. The non-profit Taste History Culinary Tours alternately travels to five cities that are West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana; Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Florida
Created in 2011, the non-profit Taste History is the first culinary history tour of its kind in Palm Beach County and has grown to feature five cities that are West Palm Beach; Lake Worth and Lantana; and Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. The tour partners include family-owned eateries, cafes, markets, bakeries, juice bars, tea bars, an urban farm, antique shops, art galleries and non-profit cultural centers highlighting local artists. 

Taste History incorporates a rotation of cuisine tastings representing varied cultures that are African American, Southern American, Asian, Brazilian, Caribbean, Continental, Greco-Roman, Italian, English, French, French Canadian, Mediterranean, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Hungarian, Turkish and Ancient Mexican along with farm-to-table and organic tastings. Taste History combines history, culture and cuisine therefore this gastronomy tour infuses food tastings with the history of the State of Florida and the local area along with visits to historic buildings and art galleries.  

Lori J. Durante, Executive Tour Director, developed the Taste History Culinary Tours as an extension of the Narrated Bus Tours of Historic Delray Beach that began in 2004 which has hosted more than 8,000 people.  Combining the culinary and narrated tours, more than 10,000 people have been hosted, to date. “I took the Narrated Bus Tour and enriched it by adding food tastings which morphed into the Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County”, says Lori J. Durante 

Offered year-round, the Taste History is a four-hour food-centric narrated excursion of bus riding and four to six blocks of walking through historic districts for alternate visits to eateries, markets, and an urban farm for food history, food culture facts, foodways information and food tastings. At least three to four eateries are visited per Taste History tour along with trips to historic buildings, cultural centers or art galleries.  Tour guests meet the restaurant owners and chefs; and directors and artists of the cultural centers and art galleries. Florida history is narrated by a guide.   

Other rankings are from the Huffington Post which designated Taste History as “…established food tours in Florida”.  VisitFlorida said about Taste History “…the mission is both education and entertainment”.    The international news agency The Culture Trip has included the Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County in its roundup of Florida's 10 Best Food Festivals and Fiestas. Taste History landed in good company too.  The Culture Trip is a global online news agency, showcasing the best of art, food, culture and travel for every country in the world. 

Sponsored by Macy’s,  Kingston Fresh, Carl and Iris Apfel, the 2015 dates are set for the Taste History Culinary Tour delivering an engaging taste of the cuisine, culture, art and history of the main streets and historic districts in Northwood Village/West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach; and Lake Worth and Lantana. 

Effective January 1, 2015, rates change to $45 to $50 per person; free for children under age 14 (accompanied by a paid adult family member). Tickets can be purchased at

Pre-payment is required.  For information, call 561-243-2662 or E-mail Private group tours are also available at special rates. 

The food tours board at Macy's (Outside at the East Entrance) located at 801 N. Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL  

The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County program is a food eating, art and history experience offered by the non-profit Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) and sponsored by Macy’s and Kingston Fresh.  This culinary tour primarily consists of travels to historic West Palm Beach on the first Saturdays of each month;  Lake Worth and Lantana on the second Saturday of each month; and historic Delray Beach and Boynton Beach on the third and fourth Saturdays of each month, year-round at 11am plus private tours are offered during the weekday.  

The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County premiered in October 2011 as the first food tour of its style in Palm Beach County, Florida. Originally, this gastronome tour program was designed to visit historic Delray Beach and Boynton Beach but when the first seven-months sold-out it was expanded to offer more dates and in April 2012 to include historic Lake Worth and Lantana, Florida. In 2014, West Palm Beach featuring Northwood Village was added and the few months sold-out in 72-hours.   

The non-profit Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County, Florida has been designated one of the official community event partners for the State of Florida’s Viva Florida initiative.  
Taste History is sponsored, in part, by Macy’s. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Additional support for Taste History has been received from Carl and Iris Apfel; and bequests from the late Patricia Ann Ravo and the late Boris & Edith Rueger.

Brief Facts about Taste History:

  • Offered year-round
  • Held on the first, 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 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 tasted.
Click here to read News Media Reviews 

Saturday, December 26, 2015  Lake Worth/Lantana

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