At the Chef's Table Culinary Tour

Greenville History Tours

Zerve Seller: GVLTours
Activity #2696
  • Experience some of Greenville’s best Southern-themed restaurants and sample a variety of signature Southern regional dishes!

  • Learn the history of the city starting with a view of the falls from award-winning Liberty Bridge and continuing along the river walk.

  • Get a unique look into Greenville's past starting in historic Court Square & continuing with Main Street's buildings, ruins & statues.

  • A great way to experience the city in a more comprehensive way! Step-on guide service available or use an old fashioned city trolley.


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Description

The At the Chef’s Table Culinary Tour affords guests the opportunity to sit at the tables of some of the city’s top chefs and sample their signature dishes.
 
Tours include special access and experiences that go far beyond the normal dining encounter. Not only do you get to meet the chefs and sample their creations, but you also get to see cooking demonstrations (usually offered on Tuesday tours), eat in elegant private dining areas, and more.

Stops include visits to:
  • Nose Dive (Gastropub)
  • Soby's on the Side (Deli and Catering)*
  • The Lazy Goat (Mediterranean cuisine and tapas)
  • Soby's New South Cuisine (fine Southern cuisine)
  • Passarelle Bistro (French inspired cuisine)
Beyond the memorable culinary experiences, you will also learn fascinating insights into Greenville’s rich history, culture and architecture as well.
 
*For this tour, we are able to accommodate your food allergy  (shellfish, gluten-free, etc.) and dietary requests (vegan, etc.)as long as you let us know in advance.
 
(*If a restaurant has a schedule conflict, a stop at The Loft at Soby's or Papi's Tacos may be substituted. )

What Is Not Included?

Customary guide service gratuity of 15-20% is not included in the price of the tour.

Meeting Location

Court Square/Central Business District (Greenville, SC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
wonderful experience
NancyRundle Sat, Oct 4  1:30 PM Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
 
This was well worth the money. Nice way to see and enjoy tasty foods and bevearges/cocktails at some upscale Greenville restaurants. Would do it again!
Rating: 5
A Concierge's dream event!
LadonnaWelch Tue, Sep 30  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Other
 
When I recommend the Culinary Tour to our guests, it's always a hit!
Rating: 5
Fantastic
blusmif Tue, Sep 23  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
 
My Husband and I love to eat very good/great food and dine out and this tour did not disappoint. Meeting the chefs at each location was great. They explained the food and beverages prepared for us and graciously answered questions. Each restaurant was prepared to receive our tour of 20 people. It did not feel rushed at all. The cooking demo starting off the tour was very interesting and allowed everyone a bit of time to mingle. There was more than enough food to satisfy my dinner expectations. Our Host, John, was well informed with the history of the downtown area and kept it interesting with a quick couple of minutes of history between restaurants. This is a great way to experience these great restaurants and my favorite way to dine. We plan to return and take the Tastes of the South Tour.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable!
KPfromGA Sat, Sep 13  1:30 PM Male 60-69 Unspecified Family Without Children
 
This tour was a well spent 3 hours on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The food at each restaurant was plentiful and delicious. The chefs at Soby's On The Side and Soby's were particularly interesting. Our only disappointment was that we did not get to see any behind the scenes operations as advertised.
Rating: 5
excellent value, well presented.
rcjohn61 Tue, Sep 9  6:00 PM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The food was excellent and the guide provided a brief and informative history of the city. I would highly recommend it.
Rating: 2
Should have done the Southern Taste tour.
JewelMorgan Tue, Sep 2  6:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
 
Was dissappointed when served in paper bowls and plates. Crab cakes burned. at Soby's. At Nose Dive did not like french fries and Gravy together although taste of gravy was good. Wine not very good. High point of tour was Lazy Goat Restaurant. Wine very good. Real plates Chocolate Lava Cake with ice cream excellent. Wanted to get a feel and taste of all the restaurants and Lazy Goat is the only one I will visit in the future.
Rating: 5
History & Culanary delite (a must see)
bau18676 Sat, Aug 16  1:30 PM Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
There is no better way to learn what your back yard has to offer than taking this 3 hour tour and visiting downtown restaurants while getting a brush up on the History of Greenville. The Chefs were personable and eager to please as they feed you there most prized creation, and paired the food with a drink that would complement the delicate flavors. The fun loving competition between the executive chefs of the downtown area was amusing. How fun to visit and see what passion they have for what they do. What made this trip even more appealing was learning the history of the buildings and the people that made Greenville what it is today. The Guide was very knowledgeable and brought photographs of how the area looked when it was mostly woods. So go hungry, and be prepared to have a fun filled adventurous day! Bon Appetite!
Rating: 5
Had a great time!
championw123 Sat, Aug 9  1:30 PM Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
 
We really enjoyed the food and the history. My only comment would be to have a plan for children or to state that it's not child friendly in your information. Also I'd enjoy seeing a tour that's friendly for kids!
Rating: 5
A must do tour
ronros Sat, Aug 9  1:30 PM Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
 
Been living here for forty five years an learned things about Greenville I didn't know. Food was excellent and was a very affordable event
Rating: 5
Fabulous way to tourthis Greenville
Peggie48 Tue, Aug 5  6:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
This is the second time I have taken this tour. It is such a wonderful way to introduce visitors or new residents to the history of this great Southern city and 4 of its top restaurants. Enjoyed getting to see and hear how these restaurants create their menus and prepare catering events for hundreds of people from their kitchens. Met a chef at each restaurant and had delicious food and cocktails at each place. John, our guide kept us informed about the buildings and history of Greenville's growth as we wanded from restaurant to restaurant. This tour is a must for a girls or couples night out and visitors too. I'm sure I will take the tour again.. It's different each time.
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What is a Greenville Culinary Tour?
We offer individual and group tours year-round, bringing people who love food and adventure together for special walking tours to Greenville’s best eating establishments. Tours are focused on food and drink tastings, but also include aspects of Greenville's history, architecture and culture.
Where do I go on a Greenville Culinary Tour?
Each tour covers restaurants found in the Central Business District of downtown Greenville. If you’re passionate about food, what you see, and who you meet, you will love participating in Greenville Culinary Tours. You will enjoy multiple cuisines on each tour.
How long in advance can tickets be purchased?
Tickets must be purchased in advance before 10 a.m. the day of the event. Because preparations must be made ahead of time by the restaurants, we will not be able to provide refunds after a purchase is made. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone.
What kind of places do we go to on the tour?
Tours cover places to eat from Greenville’s high-end restaurants to bistros with casual dining. We will stop at anywhere from 4-5 different places and spend 20-30 minutes at each location (depending on the tour). Our tours are a combination of eating, socializing, learning about foods and ingredients and their preparation, special access to behind-the-scenes places, sightseeing, and history. You will meet people and access places that you would never get to on a normal dining experience.
How much will I eat during the course of the tour?
The food served will essentially be constituted of four appetizer sized portions of food and a dessert. The amount of food received on the tour will be the equivalent of a full meal for most people. Whatever you are not able to finish you can take home with you.
Will drinks be provided?
Yes, tastes of hand-crafted drinks (every stop will offer non-alcoholic options and some alcoholic options may also be offered) are included in the price and are available at multiple stops throughout the tour. You may also purchase drinks at the restaurants' bars or from the servers. Certain drinks can be a great compliment to dishes you will try and servers can make suggestions for proper pairings at your request. Non-alcoholic tours for private groups may be scheduled upon request.
Do we know where we will be eating?
The standard venues for the "At the Chef's Table" tour will be Soby's on the Side, Nose Dive, The Lazy Goat, Soby's New South Cuisine, and Passarelle Bistro. Occasionally another venue may take the place of one of these.
What about special dietary needs?
If you have food allergies or have special dietary requests (vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.), you must specify your needs clearly in a Message to the seller at the time of purchasing tickets. Not all tours and/or venues will be able to accommodate special dietary requests. Generally, the food served is meant to cater to people who enjoy a wide variety of tastes, styles, and fresh ingredients of cooking.
What should I wear?
Nice casual or business casual clothing is appropriate. High-heels are discouraged for ladies as we will be walking from location to location. In the summer and winter months, dress appropriately as we will spend a total of about 40 minutes outside between venues.
What is the minimum and maximum capacity for culinary tours?
All tours have a minimum requirement of six people and a maximum limit of twenty people. If only five or less people are signed up the day before a tour is scheduled, we will try to reschedule you or the tour will be canceled and ticket charges will be refunded.
How much walking will there be?
Restaurants will all be within a 1/4 mile total radius. This is a part walking tour and you will learn about the rich history of Greenville between and at each location as part of your experience.
Are there age restrictions for the tours?
Yes, the tour may not be appropriate for small children. Generally, children above twelve years old are most appropriate for the tour. We also welcome parents to bring infants under 1 year of age at no extra charge. Note that strollers are discouraged since there are stairs and multiple levels at each venue, so a Bjorn would be ideal for infants.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
The nature of some of the special access portions of the tour might involve stair-only access. There are also a number of historic buildings without elevator or lift access. Unfortunately, wheelchair access will not be possible to accommodate on this tour.
Are tours offered in inclimate weather?
Tours will be held rain, snow or shine. Please bring your own umbrella in case of the possibility of rain. Portions of the tour normally held outside will be minimized and brought indoors.
Can you accommodate private group tours?
Private group tours of up to 20 people outside of regularly scheduled tour times can be arranged with advanced notice of two weeks, based on availability. If interested, click on the "Contact GVLTours" link to make a request.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Culinary tours are great gifts to give year-round for birthdays, anniversaries, birthday and Christmas presents, etc. In order to purchase a gift certificate, please contact Greenville History Tours directly at 864-567-3940. Payments can be made by check or cash only. We can send the gift certificate to you by mail for your convenience.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).

Other Policies

Tour may not be appropriate for small children.
Generally, children above 12 years old are most appropriate for the tour. Parents may bring infants under 1 year of age at no charge (no ticket required), but all other children over 1 year of age must have a ticket in order to attend. Note that strollers are discouraged since there are stairs and multiple levels at each venue.

Greenville History Tours

Greenville History Tours' owner and guide, John Nolan, is author of the city's only visitor-friendly guidebook, A Guide to Historic Greenville, SC and has partnered with Greenville's oldest and largest downtown restaurant group, Table 301, to bring you to the tables of some of the city's top executive and corporate chefs.
 
Some of the city's top chefs will dazzle you with their delicious culinary creations.
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