Houston Culinary Tours has released the names and sale dates of the remaining chef-led tours for 2014 and revealed more offerings, including additional walking tours and culinary events.

The remaining tours for 2014 will be:

  • Crawfish with Kyle Teas and Chef Dan Nix of Danton’s: April 27
  • Barbecue with Chef Ronnie Killen of Killen’s Barbecue: May 24
  • Korean with Chef Ryan Pera of Coltivare and Chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly: June 29
  • Girl Power with Chef Brandi Key of Coppa Ristorante and Punk’s and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar: July 19
  • Longpoint Road with Chef Donald Chang of Nara: August 17
  • On the Water Crawl with Chef Ryan Hildebrand of Triniti and Matt Lovelace of Osteria Mazzantini: September 14
  • Day of the Dead with Chef Hugo Ortega and Chef Ruben Ortega: October 26
  • BYOB with Sean Beck of Backstreet Cafe and Antonio Gianola of Houston Wine Merchant: November 16
  • Food Truck Feast with Chef Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar and Lennie Ambrose of St. Arnold’s Brewery

Tours will go on sale at 12 noon on April 4 (Crawfish and Barbecue), June 2 (Korean and Girl Power), August 1 (Longpoint Road and On the Water Crawl), October 1 (Day of the Dead and BYOB) and December 1 (Food Truck Feast).

Other new offerings include a regular Heights tour, joining walking tours in Downtown and Montrose, as well as cooking classes and other events. Details will be announced soon.

On the fifth anniversary of the highly successful “Where the Chefs Eat” Houston Culinary Tours, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with Food Tour Corp., a national tour operator specializing in culinary tourism in markets from Washington DC to Indianapolis. Food Tour Corp. now handles sales, planning and logistics for all tours while the GHCVB continues to market the program.

The Houston Culinary Tours program expanded to include walking food tours of areas such as Downtown and Montrose. These tours, occurring on a weekly or monthly basis, are led by professional tour guides and priced between $50 and $100.  Other facets of the augmented program include private and corporate tour opportunities as well as food-focused events. The new HoustonCulinaryTours.com website is now live with additional details.

The Houston Culinary Tour program launched in 2009 with the goal of bringing the city’s rich culinary scene to life through the eyes of local chefs. Since then hundreds of people have enjoyed chef-led tours around many different themes. The program has also generated significant press for Houston’s culinary scene and helped put small, independent restaurants in the city’s less trafficked neighborhoods on the map.

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