Rascal + Thorn


Rascal + Thorn culinary trips and experiences bring together the food industry and its admirers.  Meet with chefs outside of their kitchens and learn how they use the local ingredients or cultures to influence their cuisine.


Whether it is whisky, cocktails or wine, Rascal + Thorn provides expert, in-depth experiences across the globe.  From whisky tours to cocktail workshops and weekends, our expert guides provide a premium time.

Highlighted Trips.

Dinner Series: Enrique Valenti
Dinner Series: Enrique Valenti
September 2, 2018

Chef Enrique Valenti comes from Marea Alta in Barcelona, Spain, to create an incredible seafood dining experience in Troy, NY. There are two seatings for this limited-ticket dining experience.

Scotland Whisky Tour
Scotland Whisky Tour
September 15-23, 2018

We head back to Scotland for an exciting whisky discovery in the Speyside and Upper Highlands region. Don’t miss out on these famous distilleries including Balvenie, Glenmorangie and more!

Whisky Tour of Japan
Whisky Tour of Japan
November 3-14, 2018

Join the Saratoga Whiskey Club as we tour the whisky distilleries in Japan! This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip with special visits throughout the county. We base ourselves in Tokyo, Kyoto and Sapporo.

John Sconzo

Originally from New York City and an Italian-American family to whom food was of utmost importance, John’s passion for food and wine goes back a long time.  As an early online writer and photographer of chefs and their craft, John has developed a deep relationship with the food industry.

It is this love of travel and food that makes John a great host on our culinary journeys and experiences.

Charles Grabitzky

Growing up in San Francisco and living abroad in both Mexico and Turkey has given Charles a global personality and a love for travel.  Providing a great experience for his guests and seeing how travel can change people’s lives is his ultimate goal.

In the last few years he has focused on leading niche whiskey tours to Scotland, Ireland and the U.S.