I don't remember how I found out about Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours --probably through a web search of some sort. I wasn't sure what we were in for but the information on gourmet food walking tours on their website certainly intrigued me. The prices are reasonable (around $40 per person). The website says to wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be walking a lot. I can attest to this. WEAR COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES. We walked a lot and rode the city bus twice during the tour. I wore what I thought were comfortable sandals and ended up with many a blister.
|What the heck?|
|Tour Guide, Amy|
The tour started out on Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh in front of Dos Taquitos. We met our tour guide, Amy, there. She gave us the rundown of where we were going along with a typed list of the establishments. Once the whole group had arrived we hopped on the city bus and headed to the Peace College area.
We walked to Seaboard Station where 18 Seaboard is located. While there we sat at the bar and were greeted by chef and owner, Jason Smith. He spoke of his background and shared a dish of fried green tomatoes with corn tarter sauce for us to try. He uses are Better Boy tomatoes and dredges them in Panko crumbs. The end result is delish! It was totally crispy without being greasy and the corn tarter sauce complimented it perfectly.
|Fried Green Tomato with Corn Tarter Sauce|
Tune in next time for our next stop: Market a former laundromat turned locally produce driven restaurant on Blount Street. It's where Food Stylist lost his tofu virginity. :)