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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 26 June 2019

    Chef Parker is the ultimate tour guide. We learned a lot about the city of Charleston as well as the foodie Charleston. He gives the ins and outs of Charleston dining as well. Then he takes and demonstrates the Low-country cuisine for you, while giving...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank thesanman2015
    Reviewed 25 June 2019

    An amazing, must experience tour of an absolutely wonderful city led by a thoroughly knowledgeable guide and OUTSTANDING chef! Chef Parker opened our eyes to all that there is to learn and love about this region’s unique and exceptional cuisine. Thank you! We look forward...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank 60Bravo
    Reviewed 21 June 2019 via mobile

    We can't say enough good things about our tour with Chef Gump. Although this isn't our first time to Charleston, we learned so much more about the history of Charleston. Cooking demonstration was outstanding. Lots of cooking tips in addition to the great tasting dishes....More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank smdimmitt
    Reviewed 11 June 2019

    If you're visiting Charleston, then two things are near the top of your list: seeing the historic city and dining well. This is the logical beginning of your vacation. Chef Parker started in Charleston as a tour guide and has been at the center of...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank i4abuy
    Reviewed 5 June 2019 via mobile

    We had a great day with Chef Parker. Started off the day with a walking tour. He knows so many unique facts about this great city. After that, we were treated to an excellent three-course meal plus dessert. Some of the best food I’ve ever...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank dianestory469147
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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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