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 $45, you get a three-hour culinary walking tour for two from Taste of New Haven (a $90 value), scheduled Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 12 p.m. until November 27. Click here for a complete list of dates.
Led by Colin M. Caplan, a multitalented local archivist, architect, author, and epicure, Taste of New Haven organizes educational foodie tours of the flavor-laden Westville neighborhood. Friday evening tours disembark from a tasting at Westville Wines; Sunday's sojourns begin at the CitySeed Farmers’ Market. Both three-hour tours meander through New Haven's thriving jungle of bistros and breweries, pausing to photograph the occasional brachiating gourmand. With a full line-up of stops, patrons may alight at locales such as Delaney's Tap Room and the Lyric Hall, or nibble on Caribbean-infused Spanish tapas at Manjares Fine Pastries and Tapas Bar or artisan Gelato Giuliana at Frio. Taste of New Haven provides walkers with a reusable shopping bag to preserve more tangible evidence of the mouth-watering wonderland than blurry film reels or plaster casts of drumsticks.