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Undiscovered Charleston, Where Food and History Meet

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Stop At: Joe Riley Waterfront Park, Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2129

Charleston's acclaimed Chef Forrest Parker guides you along an undiscovered path where food and history meet on in historic Charleston, distilling 400 years into a walking tour experience culminating with a cooking demonstration and three course tasting of the iconic flavors of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Chef Forrest leads you on a 90 minute walking tour unlike any other in the city, as the only certified chef tour guide, exploring the complicated history of the Holy City and the culinary influences that shaped Charleston into one of the world's top food destinations. You'll visit the not-to be missed sights, but also the lesser known and understood locations where, for example, an enslaved chef created a recipe that still helps define local menus. The tour concludes at a cozy bistro where you relax while Chef Forrest demonstrates how to prepare the recipes he wrote interpreting definitive Lowcountry classics, and prepared using techniques he mastered over two decades. You'll enjoy a lunch with each of those courses carefully paired with wine, and then take his recipes home with you as our gift to you.

Duration: 3 hours
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Departure Point
1 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Departure Time
10:00 AM
Return Details
40 Archdale St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
  • Lunch - Chef Forrest will demonstrate how to prepare three of his recipes with heritage Lowcountry ingredients then serve you lunch with carefully curated wine pairings from Bistro a Vin.
  • Cooking Demonstration by Chef Forrest Parker
  • Alcoholic Beverages - The lovely wines of Bistro Au Vin will be paired with Chef Forrest's recipes.
  • Coffee and/or Tea - For those who do not wish to have wine, Charleston sweet tea and filtered water will be available.
  • Each guest will leave with copies of Chef Forrest's recipes.
  • Entry/Admission - Joe Riley Waterfront Park
  • Gratuity not included.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests must be 21 or older, with the exception of older teenagers accompanying parents
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chef Forrest Parker was amazing! Very knowledgeable, great sense of humor and full of passion for his city and food! Will definitely do this again when we come back to Charleston!

Date of experience: August 2019
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UndiscoveredCHS, Owner at Undiscovered Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Brandi - we are thankful you selected Undiscovered Charleston and for your kind review. Best wishes!

Reviewed 12 August 2019

This was a really cool tour!! The first 1.5 hours was learning about the history of the city from a culinary perspective from Chef Forrest and then we went to a restaurant and he cooked a 4 course meal. Everything was delicious and he ties...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 11 August 2019

This was a memorable experience. Not only can this man cook, but he knows his history! We started out with a walking tour of historic Charleston. I had done a tour of the area the day before and Chef Forrest seamlessly modified his tour to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank NapaTravelerRetired
Reviewed 7 August 2019

Forrest provide us an insightful walking tour of Charleston that end with a great meal. He told us the good and bad history of Charleston then cooked us the great Shrimp and Grits pairing it with a wonderful french white in the charming french bistro...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Slugger5150
Reviewed 2 August 2019

Chef Forrest's tour of Charleston was fabulous! His knowledge of the city was most impressive, but the low country meal that he prepared for us after the tour was the highlight of the experience. My husband and I had the pleasure of sharing the tour...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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27 August 2019|
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Response from Nicola61Ita | Reviewed this property |
The walk is in the historic center of Charleston. It is a 2 hours approx. so it could be demanding. Are you in a group? If you write to Forrest Parker he will find a way to make it comfortable for your mobility
19 August 2019|
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Response from NapaTravelerRetired | Reviewed this property |
He changed the menu, for me, to accommodate my shellfish allergy. I believe he does the same menu each time, but as to all the ingredients, you should ask him. The dishes are typical Southern Cooking - shrimp & grits, etc... More
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