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Chef's Table Tour in Downtown Knoxville

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    Your Chef's Table Tour begins at the Knoxville Visitors Center at 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, 37902 at 2:00 P.M.
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    Chef's Table Tour we will spend approximately 3-hours walking, at a light pace no more than 1.4 miles, to five different, local restaurants in the downtown Knoxville area. Each restaurant will provide you a large "sample plate" of food prepared especially for us, and the stop will also include an interactive visit from the chef(s), owners and management!  There is enough food to make up at least a meal (or two!), and we highly recommend you come hungry.  We are also able to accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, gluten free, no shellfish, etc ONLY with advance notice given to us. so please call us at 865-410-TOUR (8687) at least one day prior to your tour if that applies. Our unique food tours concepts are that we give culinary freedom to each restaurant and chef(s) as far as the food they prepare us...so it won't necessarily be the same food from one tour to the next!  Stops include places like 
    Clancy's Tavern, which prides themselves in traditional Irish fare like fish and chips, boxty, pub spuds, and a large whiskey selection; 
    Cafe Vicolo, "an inspired eatery" founded by a world chef traveler with Italian heritage deep in his blood, where they serve things like homemade New York style dishes, sandwiches, fresh salads, an array of baked goods, and more every day!;  
    Boyd's Jig and Reel, the only authentic Scottish bar and pub featuring music sessions, one of the largest Scotch selections in the entire world, and staple food items such as bangers, Ploughman's lunch, toad in a hole, and more!;  
    Balter Beerworks, a craft beer brewery and restaurant transformed from an old service station that offers yummy upscale bar plates and cold drinks;  
    The Phoenix Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, a fully functioning pharmacy that also makes up their own syrups, sauces, toppings, ice creams, and everything in between!
    This tour you will allow you to also learn about the fun and special history of downtown Knoxville and how it has shaped everything from the architecture, culture and even the food!  You can't get an experience like this on your own, so come eat, drink and socialize with us in Downtown Knoxville!
    **Restaurants can be subject to change based on dates, availability, etc.  Guests will receive a list of tour stops the day of their tour upon arrival. The above list contains a general overview of restaurants we work with, and the 5 we will visit on your tour may or may not be listed above.**
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    Reviewed March 12, 2019

    From beginning to end, Lauren, our host, was fantastic. The venues were great and each one unique. Had a good mix of food and beverages. Not too much walking but enough to make it feel like a full afternoon. Even a rainy day couldn’t dampen...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    EastTNTours, Owner at East TN Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2019

    Thank you so much for the nice words and comments...it means so much! I had a blast with your group and I do hope to see you all again in the future :D

    Reviewed January 19, 2019

    Lauren did an excellent job of booking, informing, and guiding us thorough a food tour of DT Knoxville. We were informed on the rich history, building transformations, and she took us to an area of town we wouldn't normally visit. I would highly recommend this...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
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    EastTNTours, Owner at East TN Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2019

    Thank you so much for such kind words, Rita! So glad you had a fun time and I do hope to see you again in the future!!

    Reviewed November 13, 2018

    What a WONDERFUL way to begin learning the culinary side of olde downtown Knoxville. We took this proverbial 3-hour-tour with our wonderful guide, Lauren Quinn, who shared fun and interesting historic tidbits all along the route. The 5 restaurants we visited, all in close enough...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
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    easttntours, Owner at East TN Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2018

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review, Chris! It means a great deal to me being a small business owner, and a relatively new one at that! I hope to see you all again in the future for...More

    Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

    What a fun way to down an afternoon for visitors. You get a tour of Knoxville , see some sights and highlights , and get delicious foods from several hot spots in the area. The guide was fun and knowledgeable and made the afternoon speed...More

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    easttntours, Owner at East TN Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

    Kim...thank you so very much for taking the time to leave a review, I greatly appreciate it! The 3 hours does really fly by when you're eating and having as much fun as we have for sure!! Hope to see you on another tour in...More

    Reviewed August 5, 2018

    We took this tour as part of a "try out" for a much larger group tour to be scheduled in the fall. We visited 5 restaurants and the food was great at all 5 locations. We are relative newcomers to the area so learning about...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
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    easttntours, Owner at East TN Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2018

    Brent, Thanks so much for leaving an awesome review, and I can't wait to get your community groups scheduled for the fall for an afternoon of food and fun. Cheers!

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