Eat your way through DC's neighborhoods
Everyone can find tasty treats that tickle their fancy in the US capital. What better way to get to know a city than to follow its food?
Jeff Swedarsky, owner of DC Metro Food Tours, started building his company in late 2007 and ran his first tour in 2008. Although his first tour didn't go quite as planned, he now runs thousands of tours and events in over 20 cities.
“I started because I wanted to do something that I truly love, and food tours combine much of that together. I have lived in several countries and travelled extensively throughout the world. I love how food and drinks are so important in defining different cultures. It tells the history of the people and is a source of their pride. It took me some time to actually start my first food tour company. The first tour I ever did, I planned to make perfect. Instead, it rained so hard that I had to drive the two elderly women from New York who had signed up for the tour, from place to place. It was a wonderful time but a rough start.”
At its roots, a food tour is a guided activity that teaches you about the history, culture, architecture and food of a particular area. During the tour, there are 4-5 stops at great local places where you get specially created dishes and drinks that really tell the story of the area. Jeff says their most popular tour is the one in Georgetown, which was once part of Maryland, and there is regional food that represents its roots and great stuff from today too. “Picking a favorite tour is like favoring one of your kids but some of the many great ones include: West Side Market, Cleveland, Little Ethiopia, DC, French Quarter and beyond New Orleans. There are tours that are less adventurous and ones that are more historic. Some are very ethnic centric and others are tasting tours like stand up/market style tours. It really depends on what you like.”
Get to know the city
If you visit Washington, D.C. and go on one of Jeff's food tours you can expect trying food and drink that is local or significant to the area of a specific tour in some way or another. It should make sense to the area as much as the history or the notable people. The food will be either family or tapas style but for an individual. “Food tours are a great opportunity to explore the city and give people a chance to taste food from a number of places in a short time. It also gives them a good look at the place they are visiting. They are also a great value, especially when it's a food tour and not a tasting tour. And, to be sure, they're also a lot of fun!”
Work up an appetite and check out your dream tour of DC with DC Metro Food Tours at www.dcmetrofoodtours.com.
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by Fjóla Helgadóttir
Photos: Thinkstockphotos and courtesy of DC Metro Food Tours