“Flavours of Kitchener” food tour: sign up!

Stroll the streets and discover the rich and varied food scene of downtown Kitchener!

Those of you reading and continuing to follow me know that I am a dedicated supporter of the food and restaurant scene in Waterloo Region.

B staff discuss craft beer selection (Photo/Ellen McClughan)

So now, along with business partner Michael Lutzmann, we’ve created a walking tour of downtown Kitchener to show just how incredible and diverse our local restaurants are — and to support them as the entire Region enters a new phase of its culinary maturity.

Along with Michael (a wine expert and food lover to no little degree), we have formed a new company – with the funky little name World of Flavour – to create experiences such as these. We’ll be sharing our love of food, wine, beer and restaurants through these events which we are calling the “Flavours of Kitchener Walking Tour.”

Grand Surf kale and meat salad: delicious (Photo/Ellen McClughan).

In a series of tours, the walks will expose you to the restaurants in the downtown area — but, perhaps more importantly, they will also introduce you to the cooks and restaurateurs (let’s call them passionate culinary artisans!) who work wonders with the best of what our region grows and makes and, in fact, some of the best from around the world.

We’ll sample their creations and enjoy and savour them with a little beverage during a pleasant and relaxed two to three-hour tour of the area. The chefs, wait-staff and restaurateurs will introduce themselves and describe the restaurant and their dish and how it was made.

Michael and I have run a couple of test tours: rest assured, you won’t need lunch afterwards.

B at Museum pasta (Photo/Ellen McClughan).

The feedback that we received after we ran the tests was that many walking-tour participants had no idea there were so many varied restaurants and food shops within only a block of the iconic Walper Hotel at the corner of King and Queen, for example.

But don’t take our word for it: check it out for yourself. We have two tour dates planned, so open your calendar and book a spot on August 3 or August 17 (both Saturdays).

The tours begin at the Walper at 11:30 a.m., and we will visit 7-8 venues. Registration is limited to just 12 people each day. The cost is $95 per person: that’s for all food, beverages, taxes and gratuities.

Go to Flavours of Kitchener Walking Tour to register.

If you have any questions, contact me at andrew@andrewcoppolino.com, or 519-569-0576.

Help us launch Waterloo Region — its cities and townships; its chefs and producers — into a new phase of its food, beverage and restaurant development!

Grand Trunk “Coffee and Cigarettes” cocktail (Photo/Ellen McClughan).

8 Comments

  • Anita Kathryn Hagen-Weise

    Hi. When are your next walking food tours scheduled for Kitchener/Waterloo? I am hoping you have something for one of the weekends in September? And how/where do I find the schedule/pay you?

    • Andrew Coppolino

      Sorry Anita-Kathryn. The only September tour is Wednesday, Sept 25th. You can purchase tickets @ http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4299505 .

      If that date does not work for you, we will be doing a number of ‘Flavours of Oktoberfest’ tours beginning October 11th (including Sat, Oct 12 – Sun, Oct 13 & Sat, Oct 19). Those tickets will go on sale shortly.

      Thank you for your interest.

      Michael & Andrew

    • Andrew Coppolino

      Hello Marie-Claude. Thank you for contacting us. The only September tour is Wednesday, Sept 25th. You can purchase tickets @ http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4299505 .
      If that date does not work for you, we will be doing a number of ‘Flavours of Oktoberfest’ tours beginning October 11th (including Sat, Oct 12 – Sun, Oct 13 & Sat, Oct 19). Those tickets will go on sale shortly.
      Thank you again for your interest.
      Michael & Andrew

      • Andrew Coppolino

        Hi Brandie. Can you tell us where you’re seeing the 11 30 start time? The tours start at 11 and we would like to correct that where you saw it.

        The tour lasts three hours (it goes quickly) so they run from 11 am – 2 pm. You won’t need lunch afterward. 🙂

        Michael & Andrew

  • Denise

    hello,

    I would like to purchase tickets for a wedding anniversary for son and daughter in law for Oct 11. If they need to change date of tour, is that possible if enough notice given?

    thank you
    Denise

    • Andrew Coppolino

      Hi Denise. Provided tickets are available for another date and they request the switch at least 48 hours before their tour, there will be no problem. We should have the tickets for sale for that date by Thursday.

      Cheers

      Thank you for your interest.

      Michael & Andrew

  • Sue Costigan

    Hi there
    I was thinking this would be great for a seasonal party for our business, if you’d consider that. (we have a small electrical contracting business–likely about 10 people would be the group size–or 1 or 2 more or less ) Will these be running in Late november/Dec? (or we have sometimes done January as well for our seasonal party)

    Would this be an option do you think?
    Thanks
    Sue Costigan
    Wired, Electrical Contractor Inc.
    519-576-0035

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