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!
Tue, Apr 14  6:00 PM Female 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
 
We had a great time at the Culinary Tour of Greenville. John was a great host, full of so much knowledge about the area. The food was amazing! On the first stop, we actually went back into the kitchen to watch Chef John cook our scallops and veggies. He gave us tips and his food was delicious! I would highly recommend this tour, to anyone!
Rating: 5
Delightful & informative for locals or visitors
Tue, Apr 14  6:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
This was a birthday present for a dear friend; our party was 2 couples who are neighbors and from the local area. Our entire tour group was 12--just the right number. We visited 5 establishments in the Table 301 restaurant group. My favorite was the first--Soby's on the Side (where we had delicious scallops and a wonderful fresh succotash cooked for us by the chef in the restaurant's kitchen while we watched, drank white wine, and asked questions). I so appreciated the time the chefs at Soby's on the Side and Soby's (where we had crab cakes and blood orange mojitos in the dining room) spent with us. The other places were Nosedive (pretzel bread with a cheddar dipping sauce and bacon powder served with a glass of ale), Papi's Tacos (for a carne taco and some truly dreadful rice drink), and The Lazy Goat (terrific apple cake and dulce de leche ice cream and a sweet white wine). The tour area is small enough not to be too much walking (actually, more walking might have helped with all that food!). Our guide, John, added so much by showing photos and drawings of downtown Greenville back to the its earliest days and contrasting that with what it all looks like now. He also gave us a look at the future with sketches of the planned Reedy River park extension. He was knowledgeable and informative. The tour was fun and interesting for locals as well as for the 4 in our tour who were visiting from out of state and thinking of relocating here. The only disappointments were a last-minute substitution of Papi's for Passerelle, the French bistro, and the fact that the tour book I had ordered was not available (but my money for that was cheerfully refunded). In-the-kitchen time in the other restaurants would've been nice, but we have to remember that these places are open for business and were busy even on a Tuesday night. John emailed me ahead of time to check on any food allergies or special dietary needs, which was a nice touch. We all had a great time. I thought it was a wonderful evening and well worth the price. I would love to do this again.
Rating: 5
Excellent tour
Tue, Mar 31  6:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
Excellent tour
Rating: 5
FANTASTIC FOOD IN GREENVILLE!!!
Sat, Mar 28  1:30 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Fabulous..best culinary tour ever. Great food beautifully prepared, delicious cocktails and great company. Really enjoyed having the chefs join us and explain about their backgrounds and the food they prepared. I will put this at the top of my list when I return
Rating: 5
Well Worth the Time and Money
Sat, Mar 28  1:30 PM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Interesting tour-just right in length. John, our guide, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We learned a lot about Greenville and had some wonderful food. The chefs at each of the five restaurants told us a little about their restaurant, their background and the dish that they had prepared for us. If we visit Greenville again, we would take this tour.
Rating: 5
Good bang for your buck
Sat, Mar 14  1:30 PM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
 
Great food and good variety mixed in with history of the area.
Rating: 5
Fabulous tour! Great way to get an inside glimpse
Sat, Mar 14  1:30 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
This tour exceeded all expectations. The food, the company, the tour - all top notch. Getting to hear from the chef at every location was an added benefit. And we could ask questions about preparation, ingredients or the restaurant! Our guide is also a local historian who complemented our tour with pictures and historic tidbits about Greenville.

It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Cannot wait to do it again!
Rating: 5
great overall experience
Tue, Mar 10  6:00 PM Female 30-39 Combination Other
 
We've participated already a couple of times. The food is always excellent, the drinks even better. It's so nice to meet the chefs and hear their stories as well as the historical part of the tour itself. Probably best is the people you met on that tour. We always had a great time. John is fantastic in catering to everybody's needs and special wishes.
Rating: 5
Five star once gain!
Sat, Mar 7  1:30 PM Female 50-59 Local Other
 
John Nolan's Culinary Tours of Greenville Is the BEST way to introduce out of town friends to Greenville and the high caliber of food we offer Downtown! I have been on approximately 8 tours to date and everyone has been different! This last tour I took this past Saturday was for my out of town foodie lady friends (5 in all) and was a perfect way to share friendship & food!
Rating: 5
Amazing
Tue, Mar 3  6:00 PM Female 30-39 Combination Couple on a Date
 
Great experience can't wait to do it again.
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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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