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Undiscovered Charleston: 1/2 Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class provided by Undiscovered Charleston

Undiscovered Charleston: 1/2 Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Updated 29/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Undiscovered Charleston: 1/2 Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class
Enjoy peace of mind when booking your Undiscovered Charleston experience; we cap at just 10 guests! Chef is masked & gloved to eliminate contact. Guests are distanced, & by booking, acknowledge they have been Covid-free for 14 days & will abide by City of CHS guidelines, incl. masks & distancing.
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Updated 29/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
  • You'll start at
    1 Vendue Range
    1 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Waterfront Park, also called Joe Riley Waterfront Park is at the end of a street called Vendue Range. We'll meet at the famous Pineapple fountain, which isn't the first fountain you see. Turn right at the first fountain and walk along the battery until you see the one that looks like a giant pineapple. Look for Chef Forrest in his Undiscovered Charleston chef coat! The Prioleau Parking Garage is just around the corner.
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    Joe Riley Waterfront Park
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Charleston's acclaimed Chef Forrest Parker guides you along an undiscovered path where food and history meet on in historic Charleston, distilling 400 years into a walking tour experience culminating with a cooking demonstration and three course tasting of the iconic flavors of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Chef Forrest leads you on a 90 minute walking tour unlike any other in the city, as the only certified chef tour guide, exploring the complicated history of the Holy City and the culinary influences that shaped Charleston into one of the world's top food destinations. You'll visit the not-to be missed sights, but also the lesser known and understood locations where, for example, an enslaved chef created a recipe that still helps define local menus. The tour concludes at a cozy bistro where you relax while Chef Forrest demonstrates how to prepare the recipes he wrote interpreting definitive Lowcountry classics, and prepared using techniques he mastered over two decades. You'll enjoy a lunch with each of those courses carefully paired with wine, and then take his recipes home with you as our gift to you.
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  • You'll end at
    40 Archdale St
    40 Archdale St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Bistro A Vin is the cozy, historic district tavern where the second half of the Undiscovered Charleston experience takes place with Chef Forrest's cooking demonstration, lunch by Chef Forrest, and a carefully curated wine pairing experience. Guests will depart on their own from here. It is .9 miles, or a 16 minute walk from the starting point - or a short Uber or Lyft ride.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Return Details
40 Archdale St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
  • Chef Forrest will demonstrate how to prepare three of his recipes with heritage Lowcountry ingredients then serve you lunch with carefully curated wine pairings from Bistro a Vin.
  • Cooking Demonstration by Chef Forrest Parker
  • Bistro Au Vin provides wine tasting pours paired with Chef Forrest's recipes. (Additional wine available for purchase on consumption.)
  • For those who do not wish to have wine, Charleston sweet tea and filtered water will be available.
  • Each guest will leave with copies of Chef Forrest's recipes.
  • Entry/Admission - Joe Riley Waterfront Park
  • Gratuity not included.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Guests must be 21 or older, with the exception of older teenagers accompanying parents
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Nuttree wrote a review Yesterday
Between VPS & PNS113 contributions74 helpful votes
Great tour & cooking class; Chef Forrest knows his city and the food that brings it together. My wife and I like to take food tours to get a feel for the city, what better way than with food and as a bonus, we got to learn some of the history of the city. A+
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Date of experience: October 2020
TerriG wrote a review Yesterday
Algonquin, Illinois10 contributions1 helpful vote
Chef Parker’s knowledge not only of Charleston history but also of culinary History is fascinating and educational. Fun! Delicious food. We took many many notes from the Chef!
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Date of experience: October 2020
Irina B wrote a review 24 Oct
1 contribution
We have been to Charleston many times before. But last weekend was the first time we decided to do something besides dinner and a walk down Market and King streets. We took a food and wine tour with a cooking demonstration with Undiscovered Charleston. This was one of the
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Date of experience: October 2020
Nina h wrote a review 20 Oct
Chattanooga, Tennessee1 contribution
Wow! The host is an incredible cook and tour guide to boot! We really enjoyed the morning walk through the town “peppered” ...I couldn’t resist :)... with local history and how the same history has influenced food. Then we rounded the corner and went inside the cutest little
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Date of experience: October 2020
TripGuyOhio wrote a review 19 Oct
Ohio18 contributions9 helpful votes
Chef Forrest Parker is very knowledgable about Charleston, its history and the food of the area.He is also very likable and a very good story teller. The tour had six participants and maintained social distancing - five of the six and Forrest wore masks. The food and wine were
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Date of experience: October 2020
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By: Undiscovered Charleston
The very best part of our trip
The walking tour was great and the meal afterwards was FANTASTIC! I wish I had taken pics of the mouthwatering food
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Outstanding way to spend a day
Chef Forrest was a fantastic tour guide, sharing stories of Charleston we had not heard during another walking tour
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Suellen B
Undiscovered Charleston - a walk to remember
The pineapple statue was the start of the journey which Chef Forrest lead us on! He took us through the SOB area wh
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The best mix of food and history
Amazing tour. Take a brilliant historical based chef who highlights the historical impact to how delicacies were de
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WOW ... Just WOW! A fantastic tour and meal!!!
Chef Forrest is a very knowledgeable tour guide and fantastic Chef! After having been on some previous walking and
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Lori S
Perfect day
Chef Forrest was a delight. He offers insight into the low country with extra details that others don’t share. One
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Christmas in Charleston
Chef Forrest is a total gem. He imparts history like no other guide I have experienced in Charleston. He adds many
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The Perfect Combo of History and Great Food!
We’re always searching for interesting and unique experiences when we travel. So we were pretty excited to find a w
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Wonderful tour and culinary experience!
Forrest knows his material! Our walk through Charleston covered architecture, food history, geography, and all sort
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Historic tour with a delicious twist
Chef Forrest is a great chef and a registered Charleston historical tour guide. He knows his local and culinary his
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Best Food Tour Ever!!
Fabulous tour with Chef Parker! Expansive knowledge of Charleston food, fauna and architecture! Outrageously deli
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Amazing food, great history
Had a fantastic time with Chef Forrest... loved the walking part with the history, and then...there was the food..T
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Fantastic tour guide and beautiful, delicious, and delightful conversation with food and wine.
This tour was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend spending your Sunday walking around with Chef Forrest. He kn
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  • Duration: 4h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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