Culinary Visits

The City of Brotherly Love has become one of the finest food cities in the United States with an impressive breadth and depth of its offerings.

Join us this November as we delve into Philadelphia’s incredible culinary culture with nearly impossible to score restaurant repasts such as this year’s James Beard Awards “Outstanding Restaurant United States,” Zahav, from Michael Solomonov. We will also dine at Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi’s Laurel, as well as a meal and more from a chef, who may be the best chef that you’ve never heard of (unless you’re in the food industry or have been on eGullet), the legendary Shola Olunloyo of the near mythical Studiokitchen.


Chef Olunloyo (known as ‘Shola’ in Philly) was born in England and raised in both West Africa and Europe. He has become one of the world’s experts on cooking technology, ingredients and techniques. In addition to the tour finale dinner, he will welcome us into his Studiokitchen for a culinary demonstration as well as a cocktail workshop with one of the area’s top bartenders.

This is a truly unique opportunity to spend time and learn from one of Philly’s most respected culinary artists. We are very excited to have this opportunity to bring guests into his studio workshop for a personal experience.

Philadelphia Fun

In addition to fine dining, Philly is renowned for its more accessible multi-heritage dining options. We will explore much of the best of what this city has to offer including visits to Reading Terminal Market, South Philly Markets and, of course, a great Philly Cheese Steak (or two).

A city of great historical importance, we will be staying at the marvelous Kimpton Monaco across from Independence Hall, which will be a springboard into examining the city’s great role in United States history and art.

As always with Rascal + Thorn Culinary Tours, we will provide more than enough food, wine, booze and beverages that anyone could need, including three meals per day and specific accompanying alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (any additional food or beverages not specifically provided as part of our itinerary are at the discretion and cost of the guest)



  • Zahav
  • Laurel
  • Studiokitchen
  • and others


  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Signature Cocktail Workshop
  • Cooking Workshop
  • South Philly Markets
  • Many other treats

April 29 – Wednesday – Arrive in Philadelphia for a 4-night stay.

April 30 – Thursday – Reading Terminal Market Visit. Other excursions TBD. Dinner at Laurel.

May 1 – Friday – Morning free. Studiokitchen demo workshop followed by a Studiokitchen cocktail workshop. Dinner at Zahav.

May 2 – Saturday – South Philly Barbacoa excursion. Dinner at Studiokitchen.

May 3 – Sunday – After breakfast, departure from Philadelphia.

Included: 4 dinners, 3 lunches and 4 breakfasts

  • 4-night stay in Philadelphia at a premium hotel
  • Transportation within Philadelphia
  • Meals and drinks included in the itinerary
  • Excursion Visits
  • Workshops
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Co-leaders and guides
Not Included
  • Transportation to or from Philadelphia (air or car) before/after tour
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks during included meals, unless noted
  • Tips to local guides or drivers

We select the best hotel for the group in Philadelphia with walking access to restaurants and local attractions.

$2245 USD Per Person if you sign up by January 15.

$2495 USD Per Person after.

A deposit of $495 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

The price per person is based on double occupancy, two people sharing a room.  If you are a single and are ok with sharing a room, then the price does not change.  If you are a single and want your own room, then there is a single supplement of $500.

Final payment is due 45 days prior to the start of the tour.

Please contact us for a Reservation Form if you are interested in joining us.

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