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.

Ireland Whiskey Tour
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 & 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.

Spring/Early Summer 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.

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