Rascal + Thorn

Eat.

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.

Drink.

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.

Japan Whisky & Ski Tour
Japan Whisky & Ski Tour
February 6-17, 2020

What?? Skiing and whisky in Japan? Yes! We are doing it. Part of the time we are visiting special whisky spots and the other half is skiing some of the best resorts in Hokkaido. Now this trip will be a lot of fun for sure.

Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca, Mexico
February 26 to March 1

We return to Mexico for an incredible trip to Oaxaca. From traditional to contemporary, Oaxaca has it all. Great food, culture, Mezcal and ancient ruins. The perfect group trip led by our food experts and no better way to uncover the magic of Mexico.

Japan Whisky Tour
Japan Whisky Tour
March 20 - 29, 2020

Join Jas Saw, aka Tonight’s Poison, and Charles from Rascal + Thorn on the ultimate Japanese whisky tour. We hit all of the highlights including Yamazaki, Chichibu, Hakushu, Akashi and many other distilleries. An insider whisky tour that covers the best!

New Orleans Jazz Fest
New Orleans Jazz Fest
April 23-27, 2020

Join Rascal + Thorn and the 9 Maple Ave family to celebrate 9 Maple’s 30th Anniversary as a Jazz Bar in Saratoga Springs. No better way to celebrate than at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans! A really fun, long weekend of jazz, drink and food.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia
April 29 - May 3, 2020

Join Rascal + Thorn on a Culinary Highlight trip of Philadelphia. Dining includes James Beard restaurant winner Zahav, Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi’s Laurel, and a workshop and meal at the near-mythical Studiokitchen.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
May 13-17, 2020

Join Rascal + Thorn as we head to Kentucky to do the best of the Bourbon Trail. Special visits and tastings. Great dining. And a new special experience on this trip: we get to select a barrel for the Saratoga Whiskey Club! A truly unique experience.

Islay, Scotland
Islay, Scotland
June 6-14, 2020

Join Rascal + Thorn and 9 Maple Ave as we return to Islay, Scotland, to visit the iconic distilleries that find their home on this island. Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain and 5 others now make their home there! 3 nights in Glasgow and 5 nights on Islay.

Grand Coastal Whisky Tour of Scotland
Grand Coastal Whisky Tour of Scotland
July 31 - August 9, 2020

One of our best whisky tours of Scotland! We travel the entire West Coast and visit many islands and distilleries along the way. From Campbeltown to the Orkney Islands, this trip is filled with beautiful scenery, and magical whisky!

9 Maple Whiskey Tour of Ireland
9 Maple Whiskey Tour of Ireland
September 18 - 27, 2020

We head back to Ireland for another incredible whiskey adventure! This time we head to Northern Ireland as well to visit Bushmills and many other cultural sights. And we will cover our classics in the South as well. A fantastic 9-night trip that covers everything! Don’t miss it this year.

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.

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