Wouldn’t it be cool to have your own food guide – to help you find the best taqueria, for example, or barbecue, or local cheese? Wouldn’t it also be cool to chat with the chefs who make the local dining scene so exciting – to learn more about their menus, sources, and secrets? To spend an afternoon with someone with the knowledge and connections to introduce you to the best of the best in local food?
This is all possible through a great new company called Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours. Joe Philippose and Lesley Starcks founded the company with the idea to take people behind the scenes, to find the hidden gems and local favorites, and, simply, to eat the best food that North Carolina has to offer.
The company offers walking tours of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, in addition to myriad other possibilities. Venture out with Joe and Lesley for tapas hour, for example, or on a tour of the area’s best taquerias, or create your own customized tour in consultation with Taste Carolina. Tours run during the week and on the weekends and generally cost $30-$40/person.
My wife and I recently joined the “Durham Taqueria Caravan”, which took us to four of Durham’s best authentic Mexican spots. Over the course of a few hours, we feasted on outrageous enchiladas mole and the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had, tacos with countless fillings, sweet Horchata (rice milk drink with sugar and cinnamon), marvelous fried quesadillas and aguas frescas, and topped it off with a round of Mexican desserts. By the end, I was completely stuffed, and I loved it.
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