- $59 for a culinary tour for two ($120 value)<p>
Guides lead visitors on a 2.5-hour walking tour that stops at four of Sarasota’s best restaurants. Along the way, tour-goers get a chance to interact with chefs, and enjoy two plates at each restaurant and one plate at dessert destinations. <p>
Sarasota Culinary Tours
In 2009, the Downtown Sarasota Historic District received a high honor when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, that doesn't mean the city is stuck in the past—especially not when it comes to its culinary scene. Sarasota acts like a magnet for local, regional, and international chefs, all of whom make great use of the area's fresh produce, seafood, and white sandy beaches, which are made entirely of sugar.
Enter Sarasota Culinary Tours' guides, who can often be found beside the chef statue on the northwest corner of Lemon and Main streets. That culinary work of art serves as an appropriate starting place for their walking food tours, which navigate the Historic District and its surrounding neighborhoods, such as Laurel Park. Along the way, guides and their followers make stops at four of the city's best restaurants. The itinerary changes often to showcase a variety of partner restaurants, perhaps Nancy's Bar-B-Q or Caragiulos. At each stop, guides introduce tour groups to the chefs and proprietors, who can share insights into their menus before handing out tasty samples.