South Philadelphia Food Tour – South Philly’s own chef Jacquie leads behind-the-scenes tours of the 9th Street Italian Market and Chestnut Hill. The South Philly tour offers groups hearty tastes of meatballs and gravy at Villa di Roma restaurant and samples at other stalwart Italian and artisanal food vendors along the open-air market. In pretty and historic Chestnut Hill, Jacquie leads a tour of known and unknown must-taste places. Monday through Thursday evenings, she hosts a three-course progressive dinner along South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue. (610) 506-6120, www.taste4travel.net
Chef Jacquie is committed to sharing her culinary knowledge and expertise so that people who enjoy food can take their senses to new heights. Her love affair with food and culture began in early childhood, when she was exposed to a blend of Northern and Southern Italian cultures and cuisine. Everyone in her family cooked traditional Italian food; Chef Jacquie’s decision to become a professional chef exposed her to dishes from all over the world!
Chef Jacquie curates gastronomic tours that will open her guests’ hearts, mouths and minds to a wide array of culinary delights. Epicureans who desire luxurious food presented with a sense of fun and humor will love touring with Chef Jacquie.
Chef Jacquie’s charismatic enthusiasm for food and fun is coupled with true South Philadelphia flair. Her intimate relationships with shop owners, restaurateurs, and culinary colleagues enhance the experience of her guests. Chef Jacquie and her vendors welcome guests so warmly that they feel part of the family. On her tours, she answers questions about food, its history, symbolism, and shares her philosophy that strives to balance quality versus quantity. Chef Jacquie leads clients beyond the conventional by making innovative flavors and ingredients accessible while bringing the history and traditions of South Philly to the table.
One thing is for sure: when you share Chef Jacquie’s excitement for food and travel, you’ll never look at food the same way again!