Delray Beach is so rich with culture and cuisine, it’s about time someone starting showing it off! My good friend Denise has introduced a new concept to the area, Savor The City Culinary Tours. Denise is famed around town for putting together great pairing events with her company “Denise’s Foodie Events,” so she is a natural choice for leading these tours. Her first tour “Taste Atlantic Ave” takes you up and down the avenue, where you get to sample food and drinks from four restaurants and visit two gourmet specialty shops. Aside from the food, you also get to hear stories and fun facts about Delray Beach and its history from Denise. She interviewed local families and historians to find out some really cool info to share with her tour guests.
There was another vegetarian on the tour, so they did bring out their veggie burger made with quinoa and lentils and topped with caramelized onions. Sometimes veggie burgers can be a bit mealy, but these had a really nice texture with a bit of a crunch. The caramelized onions were the star, though, as they often are. Stevie said she liked the veggie burger better than the beef one. Hm…maybe us vegetarians are onto something… The beer paired with our burgers was a Harpoon UFO White from Boston. It was light and fruity, just the way I like my beer! And we can’t forget the truffle fries. Pretty sure there is nothing more delicious than crispy fries topped with parmesan and truffle oil.
The pita bread was warm and fluffy — cooked to perfection. Then came a beautiful platter of chicken souvlaki with their signature lemon potatoes for us to share. To round it all out, we were each given a glass of Pinot Grigio which of course paired perfectly with the food. I could live off hummus and pita, and it’s even better when you’ve made it yourself.
We walked a bit further down the ave and visited The Ancient Olive, a gourmet shop filled with extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet spreads, mustards, and jams. We were able to taste anything we wanted, and that is exactly what I did. I pretty much tasted the entire wall of balsamics — mango, dark chocolate, espresso, black cherry, fig, blackberry ginger, cinnamon pear and lots more. My favorite was the coconut. It was too good, I had to buy it. We did get a 10% discount on anything we wanted, so it was a great buy!