Lingering too long at a single restaurant results in legs falling asleep, food going cold, and the maitre d' building a nest from patrons' belongings. Dodge stagnant dining with today’s Groupon for a walking tour from Newport Gourmet Tours, based in Rhode Island. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get two tickets to your choice of gourmet walking tour (up to a $100 value).
- For $80, you get four tickets to your choice of gourmet walking tour (up to a $200 value).
Newport Gourmet Tours gathers food enthusiasts for all-access tours of lauded New England kitchens. Participants get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at historic restaurants while meeting chefs and shepherding samples into their mouths on a choice of three leisurely paced jaunts that cover about two miles in two hours.
Seasoned chef Michael Martini leads Providence Riverwalk Tour takers through a half-dozen culinary destinations along Providence’s riverfront. The gastronomical education commences at a gourmet beef-and-brew establishment before parading on to a seafood restaurant and an eatery once lauded by Julia Child. Guests also explore the former Federal Reserve building-turned-restaurant, with small plates and cocktails served atop napkins made from thinly sliced gold bricks.
During the Bellevue Tour in Newport, peckish sojourners traverse the elegant avenue by starting at the historic Hotel Viking, where pillows have hosted well-coiffed heads of state and celebrities for decades. After stepping inside the hotel’s kitchen for a behind-the-scenes hobnob with its chef, participants visit some of the best gourmet spots in town while sampling wine and cheese and getting a tongues-on lesson in artisanal chocolate.
The Broadway Tour begins at Newport’s historic White Horse Tavern, where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson once ordered seconds, before careening down Restaurant Row. Tour-goers get to tipple a specially blended drink, shake hands with some of the biggest names in chef-ness, and nibble treats from a well-loved bakery all from within the comfort of a pair of their own walking shoes.
Newport Gourmet Tours
Ann and Michael Martini have long shared a love and familiarity with Rhode Island's culinary landscape. Ann left her post at Rhode Island Monthly to work with chefs, restaurants, and food events, and Michael, a professional chef, has let his knives fly at upscale Rhode Island eateries for more than 25 years. Together, they bring outsiders into New England's culinary gems to sample signature dishes, tour kitchens, meet chefs, and get lucky guests’ tongues autographed. Ann coordinates each tour, then sends Michael off with up to a dozen people to receive insider access to restaurants, gourmet shops, and other palate-pleasing stops. For two hours, groups cover about 2 miles of ground at a leisurely pace. There are treats to sample at each stop—although, according to the Sun Chronicle, "What's almost as good as the food is the fact that the chefs welcome tour guests into their kitchens, which in many cases have sous chefs and other personnel beginning to prepare for dinner service."