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“Insider's glimpse into Wilmington's food scene”

Culinary Adventures with Liz Biro
Ranked #11 of 17 Food & Drink in Wilmington
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Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Insider's glimpse into Wilmington's food scene”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Just when you think you've done it all in your local area, an activity like Liz Biro's Top Chef Farmers Market and Tour reignites the local scene and demonstrates how interconnected a town truly is.

Our tour was comprised of seven participants which kept it intimate, friendly, and expedient, but not rushed. We started off the day at the Hot Pink Cake stand which was already hard at work on a Saturday morning. A sample tasting of the sweets and treats offered by this lovely dessert place and a cuppa coffee or tea are included with the tour. It was a great way for us to get to know each other an be briefed on Liz's background in journalism and foray into culinary journalism.

Next, we hopped over to the fabulous Saturday Wilmington Farmer's Market where we engaged and were educated about farm-to-table and organic farming practices, and met up with Chef Kyle McKnight of Manna Restaurant. From the colorful display and tastes of various fruits and vegetables and goat cheese, Liz was a wonderful facilitator for the group between the farmers and Chef - all the while encouraging questions and facilitating our foodie and gardening questions and interests. The highlight of the farmer's market during the tour was the interactivity between Chef Kyle and our next activity: the task was to pick out multiple ingredients for Chef Kyle to pull together at Manna Restaurant - our final stop of the day. Our group managed to pick out some outrageous combinations of herbs (Mediterranean and Japanese) out of sheer fun and to see if we could challenge the chef ... boy were we wrong!

The final stop of the day was a cooking class given by Chef Kyle McKnight at Manna Restaurant. This wasn't your ordinary class where you sit, watch, and then do. Kyle had each and every one of us involved with the chopping, grilling, sauteeing, etc. so much so that we felt like we were his sous chefs! We also got a sampling of his homemade charcuterie (to die for!) which is kind of a lost artisan practice here in the States. All the while, Liz and Kyle also mentioned various events/themed nights that occur at Manna. In the end, we wound up with stuffed bellies and excited palettes from the grilled vegetable medley with homemade charcuterie and included ALL of the herbs that we picked out from the market!

This tour is one of the most dynamic we've ever been on and is highly recommended for foodies ... and even if you're not, this one might change your mind. You'll get a taste of how interconnected Wilmington truly is from farm to table.

Visited July 2012
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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Delicious afternoon in Wilmington”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

We did the culinary adventure tours with Liz. She gives a lot of info about the Wilmington food scene and general history of other parts of historic downtown Wilmington. She took us to some delicous restaurants that we have passed by before but didn't try, now we know better. You get to meet many of the chefs and Liz is able to explain the backgrounds and strengths of each one as you go along. Just don't plan on eating dinner right after the tour, as we were too full from all the tasting:)

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4 reviews
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“TOP CHEF FARMERS MARKET TOUR & COOKING CLASS”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

I had a awesome time today touring the Wilmington farmers market with chef Kyle McKnight from Mannan restaurant. Kyle is extremely passionate and educated about local produce and the farms that produce the vegetables in the market. My wife and I did not expect a lesson on gardening tips while at the farmers market, but we totally got one and actually learned allot about pairing different crops and when to plant and harvest. Once our tour in the market was over, we headed to mannan to cook the vegetables that we picked in the market. Kyle walked us threw each element we were preparing and shared practical cooking tips and advice on food preparation. Overall it was a great time and I learned allot. Thanks again to Kyle and Liz for a great time.

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Atlanta
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“One Hot Tour”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

Liz hosted us for her Downtown Culinary Adventure on one of the hottest days this summer 100+, and we loved every minute. She covered the entire range of food genre in a few blocks, our stops where appropriately timed and there was plenty of ice water and adult beverages at each stop. Her kitchen access allowed us to see behind scenes of some of the most popular downtown restaurants, we sampled tasty treats at each stop. Highly recommend you set aside an afternoon with this knowledgeable and witty tour guide.

Visited June 2012
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Hampstead, North Carolina
1 review
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“Food Tour”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

My mom and I went on the food tour this past weekend which involved stops at 7 restaurants in downtown Wilmington. What an awesome experience!! Liz was extremely knowledgeable of the area and restaurant scene. I think the best part was the variety between high end eateries to the local diner that serves up made from scratch breakfast entrees. Also, Liz noticed I was pregnant and had the bar tenders make me non alcoholic drinks, so I could partake in the special drinks! Absolutely amazing and I would definitely take another one of her tours!

Visited June 2012
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