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.
March 16-23, 2019
We head to sunny southern Spain to discover the wonderful worlds of Andalusia. We are joined by cocktail and sherry expert Don Lee from Existing Conditions to dive deep into the world of Sherry. Great dining, seafood and more!
Washington DC Weekend
May 3-5, 2019
A very special weekend in Washington DC where we uncover the world of Chef Jose Andres’ minibar and Johnny Spero’s new restaurant Reverie. A signature cocktail workshop at barmini!
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
May 15-19, 2019
A fun weekend on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky. We will visit some of the new distilleries that now dot the trail as well as some of the classics. A great group dynamic makes this long whiskey weekend special!
London Theater Tour
May 18-25, 2019
An insider week discovering the best in London theater and food. This trip is co-led by actress and playwright Sharon Washington. Pair Sharon’s insight on theater and John’s insight on food and this makes for a very special week.
The Magic of Mexico City
June 12-16, 2019
A culinary insider trip into the heart of Mexico City. We uncover the world of Chef Oswaldo Oliva and the magic of Mexican gastronomy. Great excursions, culture and dining. A trip not to be missed!
Coastal Whisky Tour of Scotland
August 3-11, 2019
A unique whisky adventure from the Orkney Islands to the end of the Kintyre Peninsula. We visit some great distilleries including Highland Park, Talisker, Oban and many others.
Ireland Whiskey Tour
September 14-22, 2019
Join 9 Maple and Rascal + Thorn in Ireland to unveil the Irish Whiskey Renaissance. From new to old, Ireland is the fastest growing whiskey producer in the world. A very fun trip!
Japan Whisky Tour
November 3-11, 2019
We head back to Japan on another great Whisky Tour! Filled with distillery visits, special whisky bars, great food and so much more. A great way to visit and see the real Japan in the remote areas where whisky is made.
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.
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.
Whisky is his passion and in the last few years he has focused on leading niche whiskey tours to Scotland, Ireland, Japan and the U.S. He also started the Saratoga Whiskey Club in Upstate New York: Saratoga Whiskey Club