March 20, 2018

Culinary Tours & Tastings Flavor Visits To Philadelphia

Food-Focused Tours & Classes Tempt Taste Buds In & Beyond Philadelphia

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Reading Terminal Market is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and desserts. Reading Terminal Market. Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia
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A wine shop with a Philadelphia bent, Pinot Boutique offers great wine, tastings and classes, private parties and more. Pinot Boutique. Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Yards Brewing Company attracts beer aficionados who appreciate high-quality, artisan brews. Yards Brewing Company. Photo by C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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When foodies hit the road, they take their passion for culinary tours and tasting experiences with them. In Philadelphia, visitors can partake in cooking classes and plenty of wine and beer celebrations—and in doing so get a great sense of the city and its neighborhoods. Here’s a look at some of the region’s culinary happenings:

Food & Drink Tours:

  • Brewery Tours – America’s best beer-drinking city proudly brews some of the nation’s best beers. People can get an up-close look at the process during tours of area breweries, including Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC), Manayunk Brewing Company and Sly Fox Brewing Company. Yards, 500 Spring Garden Street, (215) 525-0175, yardsbrewing.com; PBC, 2440 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-2739, philadelphiabrewing.com; Manayunk, 4120 Main Street, (215) 482-8220, manayunkbrewery.com; Sly Fox, 331 Circle of Progress Drive, Pottstown, (484) 300-4644, slyfoxbeer.com
  • Wine Trails – Throughout the Philadelphia region, the winery scene has grown into three distinct trails. Each offers the delicious opportunity for self-guided tours through vineyards and vintners of the Brandywine Valley, Bucks County and Montgomery County. Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail, (610) 444-3842, brandywineartisanwinetrail.com; Bucks County Wine Trail, buckscountywinetrail.com; Montgomery County Wine Trail, (215) 801-2227, montgomerycountywinetrail.com
  • Chew Philly Food Tours – This local culinary highlights tour focuses on the Manayunk and Chestnut Hill neighborhoods. The 2.5-hour excursion treats guests to six or more tastings of savory and sweet foods and includes bits of history and culture along the way. A portion of ticket sales goes to Philadelphia non-profit The Food Trust. (800) 656-0713, phillyfoodtours.com
  • City Brew Tours – Beer enthusiasts show off their favorite breweries during 3- to 5-hour tours with up to 15 tastings to provide a delicious overview of the region’s robust brewing scene. Snacks and meals soak up the suds, and van transportation makes the tour convenient and safe. Tours depart from the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. 1227 Filbert Street, (215) 866-2337, citybrewtours.com
  • City Food Tours – Visitors can eat like locals at City Food Tours, where theme-based crawls of the region’s culinary delights include Philly Flavors, Decadent Gourmet, Ethnic Eats of South Philly, Philly Pizza and Highlights of East Passyunk. (800) 656-0713, cityfoodtours.com
  • Philadelphia Urban Adventures – Among the food- and drink-based options on these tours are Philly On Tap, a small group tour of some of the city’s great watering holes during happy hour; Beyond the Cheesesteak, combining street food and hallowed buildings of University City; and Italian Market Immersion, inviting visitors to wander and taste-test items in the famous food-forward corridor. (215) 280-3746, philadelphiaurbanadventures.com
  • Philly Food Adventures – Food writer and blogger Jamie Shanker welcomes groups of four to 20 for her 2.5-hour jaunts around Chinatown. The tour begins under the neighborhood’s arch and offers insights on Philly’s Asian neighborhood and Chinese population before moving eaters to five spots (plus markets) for dumplings, noodles and under-the-radar street fare. phillyfoodadventures.com
  • Philly’s Chinatown Tour and Dim Sum Tasting – A Chinatown and dumpling expert takes visitors to lesser-known neighborhood spots, such as an herbal medicine shop, fried ice cream shop and a Chinese bakery and bubble teahouse. The 2.5-hour experience includes lunch at a traditional Chinese dim sum restaurant. Groups meet at the Friendship Gate. 10th & Arch Streets, (215) 352-4324, dumplingacademy.com
  • Taste 4 Travel Food Tours – Chef Jacquie serves as a personable culinary guide to her own South Philadelphia neighborhood and beyond. Daily behind-the-scenes trips through the 9th Street Italian Market, East Passyunk Avenue and Chestnut Hill include samples from local favorites and neighborhood culture (example: It’s pronounced “pash-unk”). (610) 506-6120, taste4travel.net
  • Tastings & Tours’ Winery, Brewery & Distillery Tours – Those who appreciate a good drink can enjoy a carefree day during these tours. The guided, all-inclusive, private itineraries cover some of the area’s finest wineries, breweries, brewpubs and distilleries, along with some beautiful scenery in and beyond Bucks County. (484) 695-6465, tastingsandtours.com
  • Tippler’s Tour – Participants sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample a few beverages and some snacks as they ramble through Philadelphia’s Historic District. Led by an energetic Colonial tippler, the happy-hour tour takes place on Thursdays in summer through early winter and departs from the Museum of the American Revolution. 101 S. 3rd Street, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org
  • Wok ’n Walk Tours – Chef Joseph Poon’s Chinatown tours make for unforgettable vacation stories. The private group outings include visits to a fortune cookie factory, an Asian grocery, a Chinese bakery and a Chinese place of worship, among other stops, and end with a meal at one of Poon’s favorite Chinatown restaurants. (215) 928-9333, josephpoon.com

Classes in Food & Drinks:

  • Alchemist Society – By day, it’s a co-working space for people in the food and drink industry; by night (and some weekend afternoons), it welcomes the public for some serious liquid education. Classes have included Bold Cheese & Bubbles, Kombucha 101, Literature Thru Cocktails and Beyond Mimosas. 1110 N. Front Street, (610) 529-8258, alchemistsocietyphilly.com
  • Cocktail Culture Co. – Guests shake, stir, mix and muddle with cocktail experts during two-hour workshops. Perfect for individuals or groups, the events include Prohibition Era Cocktails, Fresh Fruit Cocktails and Herbs & Spices in Mixology. 16 S. 2nd Street, (267) 702-3404, cocktailculture.co
  • COOK – In Audrey Taichman’s private kitchen, renowned chefs share their secrets during culinary class/dinner events. Guests sit around an Instagram-worthy island to watch as their meals go from recipe to masterpiece. The on-site boutique tempts with its wonderful selection of cookbooks, kitchen tools and pantry goods. 253 S. 20th Street, (215) 735-2665, audreyclairecook.com
  • Counter Culture Coffee’s Philadelphia Training Center – On Friday mornings, Counter Culture’s Tastings at Ten welcome coffee lovers and novices alike for free tastings and discussions about the featured blend and brewing method. Once a month, that same second-floor center books up for Brewing Basics, a two-hour class on perfecting the at-home pour-over. 2149 Catharine Street, Unit B, counterculturecoffee.com
  • Miss Rachel’s Pantry – When she’s not booked up with private in-house parties and catering, chef Rachel Klein opens her vegan destination and bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot for meals and classes. Klein leads each customized course, describing the basics of plant-based comfort cooking and the careful composition of each home-style meal. Her private, two-hour cooking classes are for parties of two to four. 1938 S. Chadwick Street, (215) 798-0053, missrachelspantry.com
  • Panorama – Unique, small production wines comprise the 800-bottle list at this Italian wine bar—which holds the Guinness World Record for largest preservation and dispensing wine system. Each personalized five-glass flight is its own education in vintage and variety, and Wine Wednesdays offers interesting discounts on typically small-batch red and white. 14 N. Front Street, (215) 922-7800, panoramaristorante.com
  • Pinot Boutique – This “Best of Philly” winner offers great wine, tastings, classes and private parties. Some wine classes are uniquely Philadelphian, letting drinkers pair vino with cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, Tastykakes and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews or offering casual lessons on wines of the American Revolution. Locals stop here for a nice selection of wines from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, plus accessories galore. 227 Market Street, (215) 627-WINE, pinotboutique.com
  • The Queen of XiaoLongBao – Dumplings – Chefs in training learn from the best while preparing Shanghai-style xiaolongbaos (pork soup dumplings) at Tom’s Dim Sum during Sunday classes. The highlight: eating the work. 59 N. 11th Street, (215) 352-4324, dumplingacademy.com
  • Reading Terminal Market – The motherland for the buy-local movement in Philadelphia offers free, vendor-centric local cooking demonstrations every other Saturday in its educational cooking space. Every Wednesday and Saturday, a local food writer shares stories of the market and its iconic foods during 75-minute market tours. 11th & Arch Streets, (215) 922-1170, readingterminalmarket.org
  • ROOT restaurant + wine bar – ROOT teamed up with Philadelphia oenophile Jason Wilson to present Planet of the Grapes, a series of lively (especially after round three!), late-afternoon wine classes at the Fishtown restaurant every other Saturday. Wilson explains trends and concepts while introducing students to lesser-known vintages; the kitchen serves cheese and salumi. 1206 Frankford Avenue, (215) 515-3452, rootrestaurant.com
  • Tria Sunday School – This all-day, all-night Sunday program at both Tria Café locations features a special wine, cheese and beer each week, along with information about their provenance. The unusual offerings are both well priced and unlikely to be seen elsewhere around town. 123 S. 18th Street, (215) 972-8742; 1137 Spruce Street, (215) 629-9200, triaphilly.com
  • Wine School of Philadelphia – Offering five classes a week on topics such as Wine 101 and the Sommelier Smackdown, this Rittenhouse school offers both serious, year-long sommelier courses and fun, two-hour classes. 109 S. 22nd Street, vinology.com

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On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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