Go behind the scenes in Chapel Hill and Carrboro where traditional and modern farm-to-table cuisine comes to life. From fine-dining restaurants to mom & pop shops, sample innovative and upscale dishes all sourced from local ingredients. Known for being on the forefront of the Slow Food movement and for restaurants that have redefined Southern cooking, Chapel Hill/ Carrboro is one of the best places in the country to live and eat!
The 11:00 Culinary Carrboro and Chapel Hill Tour is a Taste Carolina original from our launch in Spring, 2009. This tour ties local ingredients to the restaurants that use them and typically includes food at four different restaurants, substantial tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and a beer tasting. The 3:15 Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour includes visits to four to five different restaurants with a few drink pairings, plus beer and coffee tastings.
Schedules and menus are subject to change on a week-to-week basis based on restaurant availability. In general, the 11:00 tour is held during the spring and fall and the 3:15 during the winter and summer. However, we take requests, so please contact us to book a tour that you do not see online. Subject to availability.
–The 40+ year old Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Talk with farmers and vendors who are passionate about the fruits of their labor, which you will sample in abundance. (11:00 tour)
–A tiny deli in funky Carrboro. Enjoy homemade pastrami at this New York Times favorite, and ours, too! (11:00 and 3:15 tours)
–A neighborhood gem that opens early just for the tour. Chat with chefs who are fixtures at the farmers’ market. Enjoy their seasonal creations. (11:00 and 3:15 tours)
–Incredible pasture-raised North Carolina beef burgers (or the best veggie burgers you’ll find) with made-in-house toppings at a tiny shack. (11:00 and 3:15 tours)
–A unique, farm-to-table Indian restaurant beloved in the community. (11:00 and 3:15 tours)
–Our friend the pecan farmer’s soon-to-be-famous pecan pie. (11:00 tour)
–Local beer tastings at a Carrboro bottle shop. (11:00 and 3:15 tours)
–Dessert at a gorgeous, authentic Greek restaurant with an in-house bakery… mmmm, baklava (and more!) (3;15 tour)
–An exclusive coffee demonstration and tasting inside an internationally recognized coffee roastery featuring farmer direct coffee beans sourced from around the world. (3:15 tour)