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“Fabulous and Delicious Food Tour”
Review of Salem Food Tours

Salem Food Tours
Ranked #1 of 5 Food & Drink in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Salem Food Tours are guided food and cultural walking tours of Salem, Massachusetts. They are the perfect way to explore Salem while enjoying tastings at some of Salem’s best food shops and restaurants. Enjoy talking with chefs and fellow food lovers. Learn about early colonial dinners, local history and culture, Salem’s illustrious maritime spice trades and more. With today’s culinary renaissance, locals and visitors agree that Salem is truly an exquisite place to explore!
Reviewed March 1, 2014

Last Sunday from 1:45-6:00, I participated in the Salem Vegan Food Tour. Now you might think that that's a long time for a food tour, but the time flew by! Our group of 12, led by the wonderful and knowledgeable Karen Scalia, visited 7 Salem hot spots. We started the day at Jean Louis Pasta Shop where we ate two kinds of ravioli including a yummy butternut squash one. Then we walked about 10 minutes to Salem Spice Shop (also known as the Picklepot) where we tried spices, all kinds of interesting salt, and mulled cider. We also tried mini PB-banana cupcakes and mini chocolate brownies by Jodi Bee Bakes www.jodibeebakes.com. We then walked for about 10 minutes to A&B Burgers in the old Salem jail where sat at a big table and ate butternut squash burgers with guacamole on top and a side of flash-fried chick peas and delicious thick chocolate shakes from Lindsay Fair who makes ice cream in Beverly and sells it in Salem stores and restaurants. Next on the list was Comida on Essex Street where we had a tasting of rice and beans with pickled onions on top and a side of guac (no shortage of yummy guac on this trip!). It was so good! Then it was on to Milk & Honey Green Grocer on Church Street where we happily ate apple crisp and 4 mini cups of various ice cream from Linday Fair; Lindsay's ice cream is sold at Milk & Honey. Her company is Ice Cream for All. I loved the salted caramel! Then with pretty full bellies, we took a break from food to have some wine and cider at Salem Wine Imports, which is conveniently located right next to Milk & Honey. We tried some lovely red wines and a dry mulled cider. Then it was a 15-minute walk to the last stop on our tour, 62, as in 62 on the Wharf in Pickering Wharf. Chef Tony does amazing things with food! We sampled delicious pizza, a cauliflower appetizer with agrodolce, and a great pinot noir. We also got a tour of the kitchen! We then finished off the wine, said goodbye to our fabulous tour guide and our new friends, and went home thinking about the host of new places to dine, shop, and of course promote to our friends, families, and coworkers. :) Fabulous tour! I highly recommend it. Oh yes, and all of that food was vegan! Vegans, Salem is the place to go for fantastic vegan eats!

Thank Loftladycheryl
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kstravelandfood, Owner at Salem Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2014

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! So glad you enjoyed the Vegan Food Tour, and appreciate the nods you've given to our wonderful Tour Partners who make Salem MA so very delicious!

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

I went on the this tour Sunday afternoon with 2 of my good friends. This is not just for people who have never been to Salem! We had a blast going from place to place. It was a beautiful day to stroll through Salem. Karen is fun, informative, and organized! Thumbs up....I'm recommending this to everyone!

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kstravelandfood, Owner at Salem Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2014

Thank you for your kind review! So very glad to have you and your group join us on a Food Tour - it was a lovely day. We appreciate your positive feedback and thank you for spreading the word about our Tours to friends, family and colleagues!

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

My wife and I took part in the Salem Food Tours last Saturday (1.4.2014), hosted by Karen Scalia. Karen was a fabulous tour guide, and we visited 8 retail/restaurant venues in Downtown Salem. My favorite stops on the tour were at FINZ Seafood and 62 on the Wharf, both located at Pickering Wharf. Chef Serie at FINZ and Chef Tony at 62 were both very accommodating to our group, and served up excellent food at both visits. Chef Tony gave us an added bonus of inviting us back into his kitchen to meet his team and see how he prepared a very delicious Garganelli and Mushroom dish for us! I highly recommend Salem Food Tours, regardless of whether you're locals like us or visiting Salem from out of town.

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kstravelandfood, Owner at Salem Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2014

Thank you so much for your kind review and positive feedback. I'm so glad you enjoyed meeting with chefs and the delicious food they prepped - I'll be sure to share this review with them. A pleasure to have you both!

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

This eating and walking tour combines two of my favorite things. In the course of 4 hours we tasted a vegan entree, sweet dry sausage and Icelandic cheese, corn pudding, Beaujolais Nouveau and a memorable chocolate mousse. Also mushroom ravioli, four different kinds of flatbread pizza and Himalayan salt. And more wine. Definitely not your ordinary food tour.
Some of these foods have a historical connection to Salem -- they were consumed or traded here during the 18th C. Trading ports attracted a cosmopolitan population willing to try new things. Karen took a few minutes here and there to fill in historical place detail, but the city's venues were the main attraction. You cannot help admiring our beautiful architecture, views and pathways!
For a local, it was a treat to meet the hardworking people who manage the restaurants and shops, prepare the menus and design for a market niche. Thanks so much! It was a great tour!

Thank Nina C
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kstravelandfood, Owner at Salem Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2013

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We couldn't agree more - Salem is a City to be admired! So glad you and your guests enjoyed the Tour - it was a pleasure to have you all!

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

There's not much we can say that hasn't already been said in previous reviews - just do it! Highly recommended whether you are a local, from out of town, state, or country. There is something for everyone! We grew up in Salem and still live nearby, yet were introduced to several "hidden gems" that we will now be frequenting often. If you want to experience what Salem has to offer other than witches, give this a try - you will not be disappointed.

Rick & Linda L.

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kstravelandfood, Owner at Salem Food Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2013

Thank you Linda and Rick so much for your kind review! It is sincerely appreciated - so glad you enjoyed the Food Tour!

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