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.

Japan Whisky Tour: March 17-27, 2023
Japan Whisky Tour: March 17-27, 2023

We head back to Japan to visit some of our favorite distilleries and include some newer ones! And why not hit a Festival while we are there. A trip full of Japanese whisky, culture and food.

Islay Water of Life Whisky Tour: June 10-18, 2023
Islay Water of Life Whisky Tour: June 10-18, 2023

An amazing collaboration trip with The Water of Life film director, Greg Swartz, to visit and experience Islay with one-of-a-kind whisky and food experiences.

Scotland Speyside & Highland Whisky Tour: October 7-15, 2023
Scotland Speyside & Highland Whisky Tour: October 7-15, 2023

Join Holly Seidewand as we visit some of the most classic distilleries in the Speyside and Highlands regions of Scotland. A trip to whisky heaven!

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

The magic of #clearice makes an excellent cocktail magical! - @willtwyatt of NYC’s @misterparadisenyc carving clear ice for his @sietemisterios cocktail @hotelsaranac to open the #saranaclakewintercarnival during our #randtguestchefseries dinner featuring the cooking of @airick72 and @lempka_gram
It’s nearly time for service! Second day, first seating.

@airick72 @lempka_gram @willtwyatt @hotelsaranac @michterswhiskey @sietemisterios @farmersgin @mackbrookfarm @mydrap_northamerica
It's the pre-game warmup before the main event! Chef @airick72 and Chef @lempka_gram and Chef @docsconz! We can't wait for the weekend and this next @rascalandthorn Guest Chef Dinner Party!
#rascalandthorn #erikanderson #catbirdseat #adirondacks #upstateny #saranaclake #hotelsaranac
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