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
Fun afternoon!!
Sat, Aug 22  1:30 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
We had such an enjoyable afternoon on our tour. John was very knowledgable about the area and provided great details about the history of Greenville. John was very attentive to culinary needs and provided non alcoholic beverages throughout the tour to the various restaurants to those who requested it. A fun way to visit Greenville!!
Rating: 5
A unique experience
Tue, Aug 18  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
The tour was very enjoyable and with the exception of one restaurant the food was fantastic. I will say that I expected time at each restaurant with each chef and that was not the case. Soby's on the Side provided the best experience as far as the chef was concerned. At the other restaurants the chef came out for a one minute explanation of the food and left. The Lazy Goat was a huge disappointment. The food was dry and tasteless and clearly had been sitting under a heat lamp for some time before we arrived.

The tour guide/owner is fantastic and very personable.

So if you are looking to be able to sample some food and drink from a few downtown restaurants and learn some history of Greenville this is for you. If you are expecting to spend time with the chefs from each restaurant and that is what is most important to you then this is not for you.
Rating: 5
Great food - Fun for couples or groups!
Tue, Aug 18  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
Great time with great food! We really enjoyed the food and accompanying drinks. Our host was very knowledgeable about the downtown area and pointed out local history. One restaurants serving was not good at all but the others were great. Definitely will do again!
Rating: 5
Great Experience
Tue, Aug 18  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
 
The tour was excellent, highly recommend! We learned things about Greenville that we didn't know and we have lived here all our lives. Will definitely do it again in the future.
Rating: 5
Fun, delicious experience!
Sat, Aug 15  1:30 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Friends and I have participated in culinary tours a number of times in different states! This was an excellent tour and John was a pleasure to correspond and be with throughout! He was very knowledgable about the restaurants and chefs but also about the beautiful city of Greenville. He had a large photo book to help describe and expand on the information he provided about Greenville! We often had private rooms to dine in and every chef came out to discuss their food and craft! All of the food and beverages were delicious and unique. Most of the restaurants have a different meal each time - so you could do the tour more than once and try different foods! Portions were very substantial! Would highly recommend and would do it again! Thank you John!
Rating: 5
great evening with good food
Tue, Aug 11  6:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
John was a very entertaining host with alot of knowledge about Greenville. Like how he just talked between restaurants not during the meal so we could enjoy each other's company. Alot of good, different food and drinks. Liked when each place told about the food and drinks. Best part was starting off with the chef in the kitchen, very interesting. Just my opinion but thought the dessert of banana bread coffe cake was a disappointment for a French restaurant.
Rating: 5
Fun night out on the town
Tue, Aug 11  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
This event is definitely a winner. Walk through downtown Greenville with your friends and an informative tour guide as he brings you from restaurant to restaurant, sharing historical facts and pictures along the way.

Large portions of food, and plenty of alcoholic beverages served at each stop.

A good time was had by all.
Rating: 5
great experience...highly recommend
Tue, Aug 11  6:00 PM Male 30-39 Unspecified Couple on a Date
 
The only thing i can tell you about this tour is pace yourself with the food. by the 4th stop you are overserved. food was great and history of downtown greenville was great. just a good experience if you want to enjoy time with your date.
Rating: 5
Great Tour
Tue, Jul 28  6:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
This was a great tour. I was extremely impressed with the food, the chefs as well as the host John. I will definitely be doing this tour again. I have already recommended it to family members and friends.
Rating: 5
Great time filled with amazing food!
Sat, Jul 25  1:30 PM Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
 
My husband and I enjoyed the tour. Fantastic food. History lessons on downtown Greenville were informative.

A couple of the Chefs showed a lot passion for what they do every day which made the experience even better!
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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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