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Eat Where the Chefs Eat: Feast Like Kings With Houston Culinary Tours!

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If you have the good fortune to participate in one of Houston’s “Where the Chefs Eat” culinary tours, provided by a collaboration between some of the city’s amazing chefs and the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, you can count yourself among a lucky group whose taste buds will be pleased with “everything from soulfood to seafood”! Looking for ways to elevate Houston’s reputation as a world-class foodie destination, these tours explore roughly six or seven family-owned and/or casual locales, because when chefs aren’t working in their own restaurants, they’re looking for great food in great atmospheres, and this is just the ticket for that experience.

Eat Where the Chefs Eat: Feast Like Kings With Houston Culinary Tours!

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Tour-takers will see the kitchens, meet the owners, trade-off stories, and possibly even recipes, and generally have a fantastic time feasting on a smorgasbord of barbecue, Thai food, Indian entrees, and Mexican cuisine with professional chefs that will guide you in your exploration of new foods, ingredients, and food preparations. A list of previous tours is provided at this link, which includes such tantalizing titles as “Texans Tailgate Tour,” “Chocolate Lovers Tour,” “Story of Houston Food,” and even “Barbecue Bus”!

Eat Where the Chefs Eat: Feast Like Kings With Houston Culinary Tours!

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Quick tip, however: The tours are so popular, they sell out quite quickly. The next listing of tours is scheduled to be posted at the link provided here, so keep an eye out for the upcoming tour schedule. And from taking a tour, you can also take comfort in knowing that the proceeds from your ticket go to support the preservation and promotion of the diverse food cultures in Texas. Past beneficiaries of tour ticket proceeds include Foodways Texas, which is an organization designed to educate and celebrate such things! And in the past, Houston Culinary Tours has added new components to their itineraries, including farm tours, coffee and dessert trips, as well as Houston’s Day of the Dead celebrations. There’s so much to see, do, and of course eat with Houston Culinary Tours. Visit their website for more information and a full lineup of upcoming events.