Decadent Gourmet Tour

City Food Tours & Events

Zerve Seller: PhillyFoods
Activity #2119
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4.7 out of 5
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Description

Hold on to your taste buds! This 3-hour gourmet tasting adventure in the heart of Philadelphia will introduce you to tastings of 5 world-class, decadent treats at 5 of the city’s best gourmet destinations!

Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will start you off at the iconic Reading Terminal Market for an insider’s highlight tour that will introduce you to the market’s history, layout, and stops at 3 foodie havens, not to be missed. Your “gourmand’s-eye view” of the market will have you zipping through the aisles like a seasoned market regular. Your Reading Terminal Market visit includes:
  • Fair Food Farmstand, known for its unparalleled array of artisanal foods from small, family farms in the tri-state area. Dive into an addictively delicious snack while we fill you in on the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” movement sweeping the nation.
  • Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties, for a delicious assortment of hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, falafel, and couscous.
  • Flying Monkey, the market’s sweet spot, will have your heart aflutter after one bite of their sinfully rich cake truffles—a truly innovative chocolate treat.
Next up, a visit to Philadelphia’s most famous gourmet superstore, Di Bruno Bros. During our 8-block walk to the posh neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square, your guide will point out significant architecture and a few hot restaurants to add to your “Must Visit” list. In Di Bruno’s renowned cheese cave, we’ll lavish you with hearty portions of 4 fantastic farmstead and imported cheeses. Your guide will share the inside scoop on how cheese is made, and we'll answer all of your questions about selecting and serving cheeses! We’ll arm you with the confidence to approach any cheese shop like a pro and the skills to throw together one killer cheese board at your next party!

The sweet finale to your adventure is a visit to the best gelateria outside of Italy, Capogiro Gelato. Here’s your chance to test your taste buds during a blind tasting of 6 luscious gelato and sorbetto. As you indulge, we’ll dispel some common myths about gelato and share fun facts about how it’s different than ice cream.

This Tasting is perfect for individuals, couples, families and out-of-town guests! Great for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and dates! With more than 2.5 hours of indulging and less than 20 minutes of walking, this is perfect for people of all abilities.


This is a tasting adventure, not a full meal. This tour is not designed for children under the age of 14. .


**In rare circumstances tours may be cancelled due to low attendance.

CONTENT AND SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. 

What Is Not Included?

You must provide your own transportation to and from the tour.
Gratuities are not included in the ticket price, but are greatly appreciated.

Meeting Location

Center City, Market Street area near City Hall (Philadelphia, PA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Reviews

83 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great experience!
winnicsa Sun, Oct 12  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Virginia was a great tour guide, very friendly, personable, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. It was a great time!
Rating: 5
Interesting and delicious
kenfrank3 Sat, Jul 5  3:00 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
The tour visited 3 venders in Reading Terminal Market and then proceeded on foot to Di Bruno Brothers at 1730 Chestnut St. It concluded at Capogiro Gelato's at 20th and Sansom Streets. It stopped at interesting sites along the way. I found the treats delicious, our guide informative, and the overall experience fun. The presentation of different cheeses in Di Bruno's was for me the highlight.
Rating: 3
Neither Decadent nor Gourmet
cmccharper Sat, Jun 28  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Our tour guide was bouncy, enthusiastic, and clearly loved Philadelphia and her history. That part of the tour was outstanding. However, while the food choices were good, only the donuts and the gelato could be considered decadent (donuts) or gourmet (gelato). The rest were good but not what I'd classify as either decadent or gourmet. The Mediterranean fare was good, but it was staple food of the region. The dried pears were good but not that unusual. And the cheeses were not that unique, either. Again, there was nothing wrong with the food itself--just not what I'd expect from a tour entitled "Decadent and Gourmet."
Rating: 5
Great tour
Pajake Sat, Jun 14  3:00 PM Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
 
Great food. Great tour. Very knowledgable tour guide!
Rating: 5
Really enjoyed this delicious tour!
tjwinmetz Sat, May 31  3:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
 
This was a fun, informative, and tasty tour that I would definately refer a friend to. We enjoyed meeting our guide (Allison) who was open, friendly, and knowlegable. She made the group feel comfortable, and keep conversation going. Each of the stops on the tour were expecting us and made us feel welcomed. The food was great, and we learned a lot along the way. It was fun to take a couple of unexpected detours (additional stops to see architecture, learn some history, etc.) along the way. We were fine with the amount of walking, but if anyone has issues with walking for 20 minutes at a time or so, it might not be the tour for you. We really loved the experience. Thank you!
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Foodiedudi Sun, Apr 27  3:00 PM Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
 
Great tour. Food was great, tour guide was really knowledgable and fun to be around. We had a great time!
Rating: 4
Very nice relaxed trip
SashkaRy Sat, Apr 19  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Other
 
My group of friends and I loved it! The guide was patient with us. She was very nice and informative. She was willingto stop to take pictures but when needed she did push us to go forward. Because of the size of our group she took us as one group. She definitely knew her material and was fun to be around with, great personality. The food options were nicem, I liked how various they were. We tried deserts, snacks and even meal type of food. We enjoyed the cheese taste probably the most. It was nice to sit down after walking around for a few hours and just enjoy the meal. This type of tour is great for those who want to try a little bit of everything. The tour does require walking around a good amount, which was very fun and allows you to see some nice parts of the city. Me being a local, I know enough about the city and this tour definitely hit some places that are popular. The fact that the tour ended in Rittenhouse area was also a plus, becuase we got a chance to continue our outing by shopping and dining and exploring further in the area. Overall, I would really suggest this tour to anyone who doesn't mind the walking, isn't looking for a free meal and is just out there to explore and give themselves a new experience in life. It was a blast!
Rating: 5
Delightful, informative & historical!
jogarb73 Sat, Mar 8  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
My friend and I really enjoyed our Decadent Gourmet Food Tour in Philadelphia. Our tour guide, Virginia, was delightfully sweet, informative and full of historical and local facts and information which she shared with expertise and poise. I highly recommend this tour to everyone, and ask for one with Virginia who'll be sure to include her touring experience and historical information which makes the tour richer.
Rating: 4
Fun tour
winterz Sat, Mar 1  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Combination Couple on a Date
 
This was a good time, lots of tasty foods to try, tour guide was friendly and informative.
Rating: 5
Great Guide!
RoseAnnDodma Sun, Feb 23  3:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
We enjoyed a wonderful walk through several exciting Philly hot spots. Sampling cheese, gelato, cake, ethnic food at Reading Terminal, looking at amazing architecture as well as being filled in on lots of interesting tid bits by our guide…what an outstanding afternoon!!
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance to guarantee your spots. Tours sell out quickly! Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
What if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?
We are happy to accommodate vegetarians, dietary restrictions, and special needs. Please make a note when purchasing tour tickets. We'll do everything we can to arrange substitutes for you. City Food Tours and event participants are responsible for all the food and beverages they consume. If you have any allergies or concerns about ingredients please ask your guide or event leader before consuming anything.
Are children allowed on the tour?
Children under 14 years of age are not permitted. All participants, regardless of age, must have a ticket to attend the tour.
If this trip is sold out can I get on a waiting list?
Unfortunately there are no waiting lists for the tours. Please check another date/time for availability.
What happens if it rains?
The tour will take place in all light weather conditions. In rare circumstances such as a heavy snow storm, a hurricane, or other extreme weather and the tour venues can't open, the tour will be canceled. All you would have to do is rebook your tour.
What places will we go on the tour?
We will be visiting family-owned shops specializing in delicious, handmade foods. We'll keep you off the tourist beat and introduce you to some of Philly's hidden gems. Please see tour description for more details.
How much food will I eat on the tour?
You'll be visiting 5 specialty food shops to taste a variety of foods that include local baked goods, Mediterranean dishes, and artisanal cheeses. Please keep in mind that our tours are not designed to be a balanced meal but a tasting adventure!
Will I be able to drink anything on the tour?
Yes! This tour includes a tea tasting. Please feel free to bring a water bottle, too.
Is there a lot of walking on the tour?
The walking on the tour will cover less than 1.5 miles and will be less than 30 minutes total. We will walk at a very leisurely pace, and include several stops.
Will I learn about Philadelphia on this tour?
Yes. Our guides have lived in Philly for years! They will incorporate fun facts about the neighborhood you are touring.
I'm from the Philly area. Is the tour still good for me?
Absolutely! On our tours you will explore hidden places that you probably don't know about, have the opportunity to meet food experts, and learn many new things about food. You will see some of the coolest spots in the city and experience your hometown in a totally new way.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
All stops on this tour are wheelchair accessible. Please click "Contact PhillyFoods" to let us know that someone in a wheelchair will be on the tour.
Do you have private tours?
Yes, we do offer private tours. Please click "Contact PhillyFoods" to the left of the page to request more information.
Are gift certificates available?
Absolutely! Please click "Contact PhillyFoods" to request more information.

About

City Food Tours & Events

Chef, former Philly restaurateur and Penn Grad, Robert Weinberg, along with partner Eric, are well versed in all things food and Center City. They'll share the inside scoop on chocolate, cheese, tea, and gelato (varies by day) in this delicious Center City tour.

Robert was co-owner of the acclaimed restaurant, Beyond Measure, and graduated from the New York Restaurant School.  He has lived in Philadelphia for 23 years and has been quoted on radio and in magazines throughout the area.

Eric has lived in the city for more than 12 years and has extensive teaching and tour-guide experience.  He also completed a number of culinary classes at The Philadelphia Restaurant School.  
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