By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Foodies Matt Guidice and Anthony Guzman have traveled the world tasting culinary creations on food tours.
The duo enjoyed their time on food tours so much that they decided to launch their own food tour showcasing the downtown Delray food scene.
Fast forward one year and 150 or so tours later and Craft Food Tours is still hitting Atlantic Avenue with hungry residents and tourists. This month, the company is offering additional tours, new stops and tasty bites.
The guided, walking food tour takes guests to six different eateries in Delray. Tours are offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is also a “Happy Hour” tour from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, which is slightly condensed and features a cocktail paired with each of the four food stops.
“After college, I had the travel bug,” Guidice said, “I started doing food tours as hobby.”
He took tours all over Europe and the United States. It was a food tour in Austin, Tex. that brought Guidice and Guzman together.
“We saw the vision of a food tour and the growing culinary scene in Delray,” Guzman said. “Coming to Delray Beach and experiencing the fresh, local, unique cuisine was very attractive to us.”
So, the millennials launched Craft Food Tours a year ago with their 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday tour.
“It’s perfect for lunch and a nice day on the Ave,” Guzman said. “It’s really been a win-win for use Downtown Delray Beach and the restaurants.”
They work with 10 restaurants so tours vary. Featured stops include El Camino, Dada, The New Vegan, Beer Trade Company, Cabana El Ray, Corner Porch, Death or Glory, Park Tavern, Banyan and the Original Popcorn House.
Tours include a lot of interaction between the restaurant and the guests, Guzman said. Chefs will come out and talk about their menu and guests can ask questions about the food scene.
And in addition to food samples, there are two cocktails and a beer tasting served as well.
Starting this month, Saturday tours will begin at the GreenMarket. The company will have an umbrella out where guests will meet as a starting point. The tour will kick off with a demonstration from a local vendor.
The Friday tour also begins this month to accommodate extra visitors for the holiday season.
Tours are capped at 12 guests. Private tours are available as well. Afternoon tours cost $65 per person and happy hour tours cost $50 per person.
For more information, visit craftfoodtours.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram at Craft Food Tours.