WHETHER YOU’RE A LOCAL, a visitor or a traveler passing through, Hudson Valley Food Tours offers a variety of culinary trips designed to give you a taste of the local bounty—one city at a time.
Founded last spring by Jennifer Brizzi, a culinary instructor, food writer, 20-year Rhinebeck resident and Hudson Valley enthusiast, the tours give people the opportunity “to experience [the Hudson Valley] like a traveler does—via all the senses, via the people, and via the food,” she says. From cheese mongers to charcuterie shops, breweries to butchers, hole-in-the-wall eateries to renowned restaurants, Brizzi offers a local’s eye view of the Hudson Valley, palate first.
Currently, the startup company offers both “Culinary Crawl” tours and “Savor/Art & Food Tours” that focus on local cuisine as well as the celebrated Hudson Valley art scene. Culinary Crawls include tastings and samplings during the 2- to 4-hour walking, bus or limo tour; participants will have the opportunity to meet either the owner or staff of individual eateries to “get some insider insight on what makes them tick,” Brizzi says.
This year, Hudson Valley Food Tours offers Culinary Crawls in Rhinebeck, Beacon and Hudson; Savor/Art & Food Tours are available in Poughkeepsie, Rondout Valley and Millerton (with particular focus on The Re Institute). Prices range from $45 to $149, depending on the location and subject of the tour. Tours run weekends through October 30. For pricing and availability visit the website. Next year, Culinary Crawls will expand to Cold Spring, New Paltz and Saugerties, and “Left Bank of the Hudson Bus Tours”and “Dutchess County Savor/Art & Food Tours” are currently under development. Future locations include Fishkill, Kingston’s Rondout, Kingston Stockade District, Newburgh waterfront, Peekskill, Rosendale, Troy and Woodstock.