As the founder of Seattle Food Tours, Michael Rogers couldn't have started a more perfect business for himself: as a former chef and frequent traveler, he appreciates the feeling of discovering new places. He's surrounded himself with a team of similarly knowledgeable tour guides, including a professional baker, a wine tasting expert, and an international tour guide.
Given the group's impressive backgrounds, it's not surprising that they operate top-notch excursions. They lead the curious through Pike Place Market, and even though it's one of the most visited culinary destinations in the country, their trip grants access to five spots not featured on any other market tour. A progressive dinner through Belltown Restaurants welcomes groups to sample libations from a nationally renowned cocktail bar, and taste the creations of a sushi chef who is a two-time James Beard nominee. Each outing can be amended for vegetarians or those with fork allergies, or reserved for private groups.
During Seattle Trivia Crawls, participants 21 and older make their way through a Seattle neighborhood as they prove their existing know-how in bouts of pub trivia. At three local bars along the way, teams of up to five share food, drinks, and minds to compete in rounds of general-knowledge questions that range from "Yesterday's News" to a Jeopardy!-style contest. The evening culminates in the crowning of bar-crawl trivia champion, who receives prizes to take home to the locker in which they get stuffed every night.
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Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 11?25
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: Walking tour of subterranean Seattle.
Pro Tip: Wear appropriate shoes?you'll encounter a variety of walking surfaces.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
The smaller size of our groups and our focus on history. We limit our groups to 22 persons which allows our guides to tailor information to guest's areas of interest. Other companies may have groups twice as large.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
We were founded by four tour guides who wanted to share their passion of local history with smaller groups, and in a greater variety of underground spaces. All of our guides have previously worked as tour guides in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Beneath the Streets is a new tour that visits the areaways under the sidewalks in Pioneer Square. These spaces are commonly referred to as underground, although as you'll discover on the tour, they are actually Seattle's original ground level. Other tour companies visit similar spaces.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
"This is a great alternative to the traditional underground tour. The group was small so we could hear the guide, see the spaces and hear the questions and answers. I learned Seattle history I did not know about and enjoyed seeing different underground spaces. Everyone on our tour - locals and visitors loved the tour. I highly recommend it." -July 5, 2013 Trip Advisor review.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing the aha moment on guests' faces as they realize how the underground spaces they are in were created more than 120 years ago. Taking folks below ground and back in time to see, feel, and touch the Seattle of the the 1890's.