Posted on Mar 30, 2020

Reflecting On “Time Well Spent”

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“Time spent together is time well spent” is an adage that didn’t sink for most of us until we were unable to physically be close to friends, family, colleagues. We look forward to hosting your “reunion” gathering when Stark County businesses open up. A food tour is fun for a birthday, anniversary, or other “event”, but sometimes it’s perfect to simply celebrate time together.  Four hours of eating, drinking, laughing, talking, and being together. Time together is indeed, time well spent.  See you on a tour!  ...

Posted on Mar 25, 2020

Healthy Take-Out Dining Tips

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Mindful choices make a difference  Supporting restaurants during COVID-19 is important, but it’s easy to watch the numbers go up on the scale. Enjoy your favorite foods while keeping extra pounds in check with these tips: Slow the Sauce: Don’t smother your food. A lot of take-outs put sauce in a separate container which makes it easier to monitor amounts. That puts it on you to slow the pour. Don’t immediately tip the dressing container upside down and dump the whole thing out. Not at first anyway.  Some sauces are integrated into the main dish during baking or cooking, and can’t be separated. This brings us to tip #2. Portion Control: Don’t eat straight from the container. Pretty soon you’ll be scraping the bottom. Plate your take-out meal by putting a portion of it on a dish, and maybe even add some other healthy foods from your own fridge (veggies, a healthy side). Keep the rest in the box and out of sight. Bonus – You’ll have some for tomorrow. Color and Variety: Eat a little bit of a lot of different foods. Instead of one giant burger and a pile of fries sitting in your stomach, order the burger...

Posted on Mar 14, 2020

Why A Walking Tour?

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We zip to work, zip to the store, zip home. There’s so much from Point A to Point B. Walking tours allow us to slow down and take a closer look at architecture, scenery, public art. We call it a layered experience.  Get to know a city, gain a better appreciation. Zipping’s fine. But slowing down works wonders....

Posted on Mar 12, 2020

Come For The Burgers, Stay For The Art

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If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, drop a couple letters:  It can also be the way to a man’s art. Culinary tourism means Walk, Eat, Drink, Repeat. The concept is simple but the experience is complex. What exactly are food tours? Basically we eat and drink our way through town and enjoy great food and drinks. We also highlight regional history, architecture, art and culture. Strolling through the Canton Arts District offers a colorful backdrop. Ten years ago empty buildings and a nondescript downtown greeted visitors to nearby destinations such as the Pro Football Hall of Fame and National First Ladies Historic Site.  Thanks to ArtsInStark, our county-wide arts council we now have numerous studios/galleries and 40+ pieces of public art. The arts have laid the foundation for our city’s revitalization and we showcase these galleries, artists, and public art on each tour. Food tours allow visitors to take a closer look at public art and learn about the artist. To offer tours following COVID-19 health guidelines, we have options to enjoy our food at galleries instead of in a restaurant. This allows us to maintain social distance regulations, and lighten the load on...

Posted on Jun 22, 2018

How Many Chefs Does It Take To Make A Food Tour?

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Like soup on a slow simmer or wine in barrels aging, a food tour starts long before you walk through the door and say “hello”. Food tours can be found in over 200 cities in the U.S., last around three hours and can be complex for many reasons, first and foremost because they involve, well….. food. Small plates served shortly after the group is seated at multiple restaurant stops takes coordination, planning, and timing. And many people. Aside from chefs preparing awesome plates of yumminess, there are so many other people who make a food tour what it is. The restaurant host/hostess who takes the reservation and makes sure there is a place set aside for us. The staff who set up our spot the day we arrive. The manager or owner who visits the table during a busy night to greet our group. The chef, who not only prepares and plates the food, but often emerges from the kitchen to greet visitors with a smile, tells them about the dish and answers questions. Then there’s the wait staff who refill water glasses and take drink orders. And finally the someone or someones who whisk away our dirty dishes...

Posted on Feb 25, 2012

Photo Shoot with Food – Messy and Fun!

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When our friends at A Studio suggested a photo shoot for the Flavors of Canton Contest, I thought, “Cool!”….So Saturday afternoon I walked into the studio and began chatting with friends. Suddenly I heard clicking in the background. “Who was up first?” I wondered as I swiveled my head. There was Cindee, crouched on the floor, snapping away at the stars of the show: A trio of cupcakes ready for their close-up. All decked out, icing swirled high set in a beehive, sprinkles a-sparkle in the flash of camera bulb. Next was the pie, feeling ever so UN-ugly that day (Rachel’s Ugly Pies). Cherry glaze poked through the lattice, determined to get equal time next to the scene-stealing flaky golden crust. Finally it was our turn, mere mortals up against the deliciousness of chocolate cake, fruit filling, and every variation of sugar imaginable. How would we rate? Posing with the creations was a lesson in patience, but soon out came the forks. Oh yes……The darlings looked great – but how did they taste? Mmmmmm-Mmmmmm good!...

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