Monday, September 28, 2015

USA Today 10 Best Review: Taste History Culinary Tours: Dive into Palm Beach's Food Scene

Weekend tours to West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Delray beach allow guests to experience the food and history of Palm Beach County

By Kristopher Neild of USA Today 10 Best

Unbeknownst to the casual traveler, Palm Beach County is an area of much culture and history. Though publicity tends to focus on the mega-rich, the mansions of Palm Beach Island and the decked-out yachts, the fact of the matter is that the area is a melting pot of people from all of the world, from all walks of life. 

Le Macaron French Pastries Shop in Downtown Delray Beach featured on the Taste History Culinary Tours

The local food scene reflects the above fact, with restaurants that craft menus focused on cuisine from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, India and the Far East. So on a normal vacation, it's hard to really get a true sample of everything the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area has to offer, especially when sticking to whatever's in a five-mile radius of the hotel.

A culinary tour can help give travelers a more diverse look at the food offerings of this robust area, and that's where Taste History Culinary Tours comes in. 

Palermo's Bakery in Boynton Beach featured on the Taste History Culinary Tours.
Cabana El Rey Nuevo Latin in Downtown Delray Beach is featured on the Taste History Culinary Tour

Sweet's Sensational Jamaican Cafe  in Delray Beach featured on the Taste History Culinary Tour
Taste History Culinary Tours is a nonprofit, narrated bus tour operated by the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History. Tours go out on Saturdays, traveling to food-centric neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and more.

The tour's focus is food, but stops are also made at historical destinations and culturally relevant edifices. 

During the bus portion of the tour, the narrator provides factual and relevant historical tidbits about the neighborhoods the group passes through. This helps provide great context for how the local food scene developed, along with how the cultures in Palm Beach melded to create architectural nuances and communities.

Guests are either on the bus or in restaurants/eateries for the majority of the time, with minimal walking required. (Think four to six blocks max.) 

On a Taste History Culinary Tour, guests can expect to sample foods from at least three or four restaurants, where tastings can range from drinks to entree items to desserts.

Trips are never exactly the same, as Taste History Culinary Tours rotates the restaurants involved, and the chefs alter the tastings menus
As an example, a recent tour to Delray Beach/Boynton Beach made food stops at Sweet's (Jamaican); Cabana El Rey (Cuban); Le Macaron (French); and Palermo's Bakery (Italian), along with coffee shop and eatery Cafe Bleu. 

On this Delray Beach/Boynton Beach tour, guests were able to experience ox tail and goat prepared with Caribbean flair, Cuban-style ribs and specialty cocktails prepared by the proprietor and authentic Italian desserts hand-made following traditional Sicilian recipes. 

One of the best parts of the tour is that it takes you to places off the beaten path, places you might not even notice if not for registering for this experience.

So if you're looking for a non-traditional way to spend a day when on vacation in Palm Beach/West Palm Beach, look no further than the amazing narrated bus tours offered by Taste History Culinary Tours.

Tours typically sell out, as the organization likes to keep groups small so the experiences are intimate and enlightening. You should grab tickets through the organization's website well in advance. 

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Click here for another review by USA Today 10 Best about Taste History Culinary Tours

Click here to view more photos on Facebook. This tour took place on July 25, 2015.

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.  

The tour program includes bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking. The mission of the tour includes incorporating education about food culture and food history with the food tastings thus dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated.

Taste History is sponsored, in part, by Macy’s. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Additional support for Taste History has been received from Kingston Fresh, Carl and Iris Apfel; and bequests from the late Patricia Ann Ravo and the late Boris & Edith Rueger.

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/Northwood Village tour is $50 per person. Free for children under age 14 (children must be accompanied by a paid adult family member). Children age 14 and over pay regular price. 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. 

For more information, call 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277. Email 

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. Some cuisines may be culturally-specific.  The food portions are hearty.
  • Cultural centers or emerging art galleries are visited
  • Tour travels through historic neighborhoods, districts, main streets and off the beaten path.
  • Bus riding and 3 to 4 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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