New city outings highlight emerging neighborhoods and local storytelling.
In Portland, Me., Maine Food for Thought Tours, launching in June, will progressively feast at popular restaurants such as Union and Piccolo, where the chefs will discuss their use of local ingredients. The two-hour, five-stop itineraries aim to spotlight not just the dishes but food sustainability, from blueberries to lobster ($72).
In Indianapolis, the new Indy Cultural Trail Food Tours string together some of the most acclaimed restaurants along the eight-mile urban bike trail that cuts through dining-centric districts like Fletcher Place. Three- to four-hour walking or bike tours ($55 to $70) visit acclaimed restaurants such as Milktooth and Bluebeard, with samples at each of five to eight restaurants.
Noshtrekker connects travelers to locals for a meal at their homes. Operating in Singapore and New South Wales, Australia, the company has added new experiences to the Singapore program, including an evening in the home of an author and playwright who serves the food of modern-day northern Sri Lanka while discussing colonial history when both Ceylon and Singapore were under British rule.
LEARN TO COOK
The destination spa Miraval Arizona in Tucson recently introduced Conscious Cooking to its slate of activities, which range from hiking to horse grooming. Classes in the curriculum focus on reducing food waste while creating healthy, flavorful dishes from ingredients like vegetable peels, overripe fruit, stale cake and obscure chicken parts.
In Alaska, Within the Wild runs two lodges, Winterlake Lodge on the Iditarod Trail and Tutka Bay Lodge on the coast, that hold popular three-day culinary retreats. This year, each lodge has hired a forager with whom guests can explore the wilds in search of edible plants, fungi and berries. Tutka Bay Lodge will also prepare native dishes in a recently discovered 1,000-year-old hearth (three nights $5,035, all inclusive).
GOING TO THE SOURCE
Many new foodie experiences strive to get diners closer to the ingredients. Few are as elemental as Timber to Table trips that specialize in elk hunts in Colorado. New women-only outings aim to initiate first-time hunters (five-day trips from $2,500).
It’s not often a luxury hotel wants guests to leave, but Manoir Hovey in southern Quebec offers a Farm to Feast package that sends travelers off to the nearby farm that raises goat calves. Guests tour the farm and spend the night at its bed-and-breakfast, then return to the luxury hotel for an overnight and a meal featuring farm-raised products (from 370 Canadian, or about $290).