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 $79, you get an exclusive Healdsburg culinary tour from Relish Culinary Adventures (a $159 value). Tours take place on select Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from the following event dates:
- February 24
- March 16
- March 30
- April 13
- April 20
- May 4
- May 11
- May 18
Relish Culinary Adventures highlights Sonoma County’s finest farms, bakeries, cheese makers, and restaurants through partnerships with chefs dedicated to locally sourced fare. On this Groupon-exclusive Healdsburg culinary adventure, up to 16 kitchenauts meet at Relish Culinary Center before travelling across the street to a kitchen tour and tasting with Chef Dustin Valette at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen. Back at home base, a local cheese maker—guests have hailed from Laura Chenel’s Chèvre, Bellwether Farms, Bleating Heart Cheese, and others—leads a dairy tasting, and guests help to complete their own lunches from locally grown ingredients complemented by local wines. Cultivators of these local ingredients join the group to discuss their sustainable practices and the difficulties of teaching crops to recycle. For the tetrapodic tour’s final leg, epicurean adventurers trundle across the Healdsburg town plaza to Downtown Bakery & Creamery to delve into dough during a whirlwind galette-making session with baker and Chez Panisse alum Kathleen Stewart.
From season to season, dedicated foodie and owner Donna del Rey alters the menu that fuels each ambulatory education. Special guests also vary, including award-winning producers from Middleton Farm and Carrot Top Farm and wine makers from Longboard, Kelley & Young, and Goldschmidt Vineyards.
Some events on the tour involve a partner. While this Groupon is only valid for one admission, duos who purchase two Groupons can be paired together for these events.
Relish Culinary Adventures
Relish Culinary Adventures offers experiences that highlight Sonoma County's finest farms and ranches, bakeries, cheese makers, and other artisan goods. Though Relish Culinary Center in Healdsburg serves as headquarters for public and private events, a wide range of tours and hands-on cooking experiences take place offsite at a variety of local epicurean destinations. Focusing on seasonal, locally grown, and locally produced ingredients, the program's events match locations with skilled chefs to create cheese or craft elaborate meals.
From season to season, dedicated foodie and owner Donna del Rey works with chefs to alter the menus that fuel Relish Culinary Adventures' expeditions and classes. Special guests vary, including chefs Louis Maldonado of Top Chef and Spoonbar; Todd Knoll of Jordan Winery; producers from Bernier Farms, Twisted Horn Ranch, Preston of Dry Creek, and Valley Ford Cheese; and wine makers from Longboard, Kelley and Young, and Preston Vineyards.