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.

Japanese Whisky Tour: March 15-25, 2024
Japanese Whisky Tour: March 15-25, 2024

Charles heads back to Japan for his 4th Whisky Tour! He takes all of the great and puts it into one incredible experience. One of the best ways to visit Japan.

The Water of Life Tour - Part II Speyside: May 4-12, 2024
The Water of Life Tour - Part II Speyside: May 4-12, 2024

Join Greg Swartz from The Water of Life and Holly as they explore the best of the Speyside and Highland Regions in Scotland! Also take part in the Spirit of Speyside Festival.

West Coast Scotland Whisky Tour: September 7-15, 2024
West Coast Scotland Whisky Tour: September 7-15, 2024

Join Holly Seidewand on a very special, intimate group trip to the West Coast of Scotland. Limited to only 4-6 guests, this tour goes up and down the West Coast and Islands of Scotland.

Japanese Whisky Tour: March, 2025
Japanese Whisky Tour: March, 2025

A very special trip to Japan! Both Holly and Charles will lead this tour which includes Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Sapporo. 11 nights of pure Japanese excitement.

Orkney Islands and Northern Highlands Scotland Whisky Tour: June, 2025
Orkney Islands and Northern Highlands Scotland Whisky Tour: June, 2025

Join Holly Seidewand on a very special, intimate group trip to the Orkney Islands and Northern Highlands of Scotland. Limited to only 4-6 guests. An incredible journey!

Future Trips To Be Announced!
Future Trips To Be Announced!

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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 over the last 10 years he has focused on leading niche whiskey tours to Scotland, Ireland, Japan and the U.S. He is co-owner of First Fill Spirits in Saratoga Springs, NY, a boutique whisky shop unlike any other in the Northeast. He started the Saratoga Whiskey Club in Upstate New York in 2015: Saratoga Whiskey Club

Holly Seidewand

Holly became a single malt enthusiast during her time working in retail store design in New York City. Not finding an education that was fitting to further her knowledge of whisky, she created her own study program by visiting over 130 distilleries throughout the world to interview producers, evaluate whiskies, and learn everything she could about the industry.

Holly lives in Saratoga Springs, NY and owns and operates her own boutique whisky shop called First Fill Spirits. She has always had an affinity for the History of Scotch and Irish Whiskey and can’t wait to share a dram with everyone! You can follow her whisky journey on her blog and on Instagram @herwhiskylove. We are super excited to have Holly on our team leading tours!

Our private, small group tour of Copenhagen, Denmark and areas nearby is now over, but what a fun, beautiful and delicious tour it was!

Let us do a bespoke, private, small group tour for you! 

Thanks to @koancph @danielberlinrestaurant @rasmusmunkalchemist @restaurantalchemist @jatakcph @barrcph @stauningwhisky @stauningwhisky_hans @barrymeindrinks @bird.cph @rubycph @restaurantkadeau @arvekrognes @kennethsoendergaard @prologcoffee.cph @jonasgehl @warpigs_brewpub_cph @konghanskaelder @lisaabend @hartbageri @lidkoeb @nwcurtin @restaurant_geranium @nomacph @restaurantlyst

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We are thrilled to feature the Tequilas of @tequilaherraduramx at tonight’s Guest Chef dinner with @oswaldo.oliva.rico of Mexico City’s @lorea @alelirooftop @antesala.cdmx and @supertyrano at the spectacular @deermountaininn in the Catskills. Tickets available til 3pm or sold out, whichever comes first.
Prep for tomorrow night’s @oswaldo.oliva.rico dinner @deermountaininn is proceeding apace! We are very excited and hope you can join us! There are just a few seats still available. 

A huge thank you to Chef @c_kave and his team! Everyone at the Deer Mountain Inn has been an absolute pleasure to work with!

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