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
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!
Rating: 4
Well worth it
Sat, Jul 25  1:30 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
Even though we are local, we learned things about local history that we never knew. The chefs were very interesting and the food was very good - generous portions. No need for dinner tonight! A great way to spend the afternoon. Will bring out of town on this tour.
Rating: 5
A great Time Had by all!
Sat, Jul 18  1:30 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
The tour guide was a great host. very organized and knowledgeable.

Each of the chefs that we met in our tour were very personable, funny and we learned what it is like behind the scenes. Good food too!
Rating: 5
Another jewel for Greenville
Sat, Jul 18  1:30 PM Unspecified 20-29 Unspecified Group of Friends
 
This tour proved to me that "high end" restaurants can serve a wonderfully delicious, creative meal while implementing sustainable food practices. From sourcing locally to providing gluten free options to giving back to the community, I am truly impressed with Table 301 restaurants.

I have see customer service emphasized during our tour. Chefs who took time out of their busy Saturday preparations, mixologists who created drink pairings just for us and the preparation of a gluten free option for me and served to me quietly and casually are examples of superior customer service.

I never felt rushed to move along to the next restaurant thanks to John Nolan's experience as a tour guide.

You must experience this food tour. It's well worth the time and cost. A value -no less.
 
Greenville History Tours responded:
Wow! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond and share your thoughts. I've shared this with the chefs/managers at the restaurants and it was a great encouragement to them too.
Rating: 5
Great fun & food! Loved hearing from the Chefs!!!
Sat, Jul 18  1:30 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
We(husband and I) are are Table 301 favorites and thoroughly enjoyed the Chefs comments and each meal they provided for us! Fresh ingredients along with chef stories was priceless! We also enjoyed the photos/history of the area that John provided! A wonderful time ... Unforgettable!
Rating: 4
Great, lots of different foods.
Sat, Jul 11  1:30 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
We talked about the experience all weekend, lots of your local had never heard about the tour.
 
Greenville History Tours responded:
Thank you! I appreciate you sharing your good experience. Hope to see you again!
Rating: 5
Third time on tour and will be back
Tue, Jul 7  6:00 PM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
John is exceptionally knowledgeable about cuisines but is also the best Greenville Historian U've ever seen or heard. If you are a foodie, then this tour is definitely for you
 
Greenville History Tours responded:
Don, you're so kind. Always great to have you back. So glad you enjoyed it again.
Rating: 5
A Wonderful Experience!
Sat, Jun 20  1:30 PM Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
 
This is the second time I've taken a group on one of these tours, the first time with out of town friends, and this time with family. Both groups loved the experience, from the food and drinks, to talking with the chefs, fun folks in the group to chat with, and on to our knowledgeable guide's history lessons. Besides being a fun outing, this is also great advertisement for the establishments we visited, as we plan on coming back to sample more of their creative and delicious offerings. I'm already planning my next tour!
 
Greenville History Tours responded:
Thank you! Really appreciate you bringing others on the tour too.
Rating: 5
Best value "foodie/gourmet" tour ever!
Tue, Jun 16  6:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
This tour totally rocks! You get outstanding fare, great history on Greenville, and a lovely walking our of downtown Greenville, all led by a knowledgeable, engaging guide. The Zerve system for reserving tickets, though, can be intimidating and a bit nerve-wracking.....e.g. the various Zerve non-user-friendly requirements for printing tickets or having them on your mobile phone turned out to be unnecessary....we were not even asked for tickets.....just our names. In sum, the tour totally rocks, but don't let the Zerve reservation system get in the way of the fabulous time you will have on this tour.
 
Greenville History Tours responded:
You're so kind! Thanks so much for your encouragement. Coming from folks who have been on many other food tours, this is so nice to hear. Loved having you on the tour.
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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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