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Undiscovered Charleston: Half Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class

Charleston, United States
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  • 4 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


This walking tour and interactive lunch combo provides a two-in-one experience in Charleston. With a celebrated local chef, Forrest Parker, you'll start with a 1.5-hour historical walking tour about the influences of Lowcountry food in the city of Charleston. Then watch a cooking demonstration from Parker before enjoying lunch paired with wine.
  • Explore Charleston's historic district with a certified chef-guide so you won't miss the top sights
  • Learn about the history of food and Lowcountry cuisine in the region
  • Take home chef Forrest Parker's recipes so you can duplicate your experience
  • Enjoy lunch prepared by Parker

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Tours conclude at a cozy bistro where Chef Forrest demonstrates how to prepare Lowcountry classics. Enjoy a lunch carefully paired with wine.

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Cooking Demonstration by Chef Forrest Parker
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Each guest will leave with copies of Chef Forrest's recipes.
  • 90-minute walking tour of Charleston's historic district
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1 Vendue Range
    1 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

    Waterfront Park, also called Joe Riley Waterfront Park is at the end of a street called Vendue Range. We'll meet at the famous Pineapple fountain.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Guests must be 21 or older, with the exception of older teenagers accompanying parents
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What a great experience! Chef is SO knowledgable and weaves his culinary expertise into the architectural history tour. The meal he prepared was amazing! I am still dreaming of the shrimp and grits - and all the dishes prepared. If you like history - AND food & wine, this is the tour for you.


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Highly Recommend!!
Joanne_S, May 2023
Chef Forrest was informative and made this a fun time. We walked through back streets through beautiful gardens. A fabulous chef whose passion for the history of food & ingredients and a collector of menus from years ago makes for an amazing unique learning experience. A full course dinner — so bring your appetites!!
Don’t miss this tour!
Steven_M, May 2023
Forrest was unbelievable. The tour, the history and the cooking class was awesome. We food was great . I would recommend this tour to anyone going to Charleston. It exceeded all expectations! Thank you Chef!
Tour & cooking class
Emma_A, May 2023
Chef Forrest was informative, engaging, and entertaining. My husband and I had a great time learning from him and we certainly didn’t leave hungry!
Highly Recommend
NicoleBlackBurns, May 2023
Chef Forrest is knowledgeable, entertaining and a fabulous chef. We loved learning the history of Charleston and how different cuisines were brought into Charleston cooking. This tour is totally worth it.
Outstanding "combo" tour led by an entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide/chef!
Linda_G, Apr 2023
Chef Forrest, being a native of the city, really brought the city to life as we strolled through the oldest part of historic Charleston. The highlight of the tour was the cooking demonstration at a little restaurant that was closed to the public. There was just enough room for the tour guests to sit at the bar and watch Chef prepare our lunch, which was served with wine pairings. He explained what he was doing and why, and even gave us some preparation tips, all the while entertaining us with stories about Charleston and about his experiences as a chef. This was an outstanding tour that I would recommend to everyone!
Aubrey_Y, Apr 2023
Tour guide wove together history and food in a great way. I heard stories I had never heard before. The meal at the end is amazing with great wine pairings and food cooked in front of you with tips on how to make it yourself at home. Do eat a small breakfast before the tour as you eat at the very end of the tour.
The best for adults
Chris_S, Mar 2023
This was one of the highlights of our trip. We loved the tour with the small group experience and Forrest Parker is the best! We loved everything about it. The walking tour was great with all of his knowledge but the private cooking experience with the wine tasting was phenomenal. I would go every time I am in Charleston. Loved it!!
Donna_C, Mar 2023
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with Chef Forrest Parker. From the History lesson on Charleston, to the wonderful culinary lessons and delicious lunch and wine pairings!! Thank you so much Chef Forrest Parker and your fun wine connoisseur assistant. We had a perfect Charleston experience!! Highly recommend!!
Not to be missed’
Kelly_M, Feb 2023
If you could only do one tour in Charleston, this would be the one! Chef “Gump” is a wealth of knowledge in “all things Charleston”. He showed us nooks and crannies we would have never been able to explore onour own. And the food! We were treated to boiled peanuts, the best red pea soup, shrimp and grits and a bread pudding featuring Krispy Kreme donuts! The wine pairings were an added bonus. We came to Charleston for a month, did several tours, and this one is not to be missed. At the end of your time with Chef Parker you will feel like you’ve made a Charleston friend for life.
great experience, Chef...
Claudia_L, Feb 2023
great experience, Chef was very knowledgeable about Charleston and very engaging. Food was terrific and wine pairings delicious!
Chef Forrest is all that and a bag of chips.
Thirsty_T, Feb 2023
Chef Forrest was a gracious host, excellent Chef amazing ambassador for Charleston and storyteller extraordinaire.
History and Foodie Jackpot!
Heidi_H, Jan 2023
Touring Charleston with Chef Forrest was very informative and colorful. His tour is unique in that you learn more about the history of Charleston food with sprinkling of Charleston history itself. Then you end the tour with a generously delightful lunch; complete with champagne and wine pairings that are spot on! You will not be disappointed with this tour. Thank you Chef!
The best of Charleston
Suzanne_P, Jan 2023
Learning about Charleston history , walking around the French Quarter Rainbow row and historic churches ! Great wine , delicious food prepared in front of us by chef Forrest Parker aka ‘Gump’ ! In a small group of people from different parts of the country and a cozy wine bar ! Undiscovered Charleston was awesome !
Our tour was filled with...
DeeDee_M, Dec 2022
Our tour was filled with humor and lots of history. Then we ended our walking part of the tour at a lovely French bistro where Forrest prepared the most amazing Southern lunch. Thank you Chef Forrest
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent Tour
David_P, Nov 2022
Chef Forrest Parker was an excellent tour guide. We learned a lot about the history and culture of Charleston and the food was outstanding!
1 traveler found this review helpful
A real foodie experience
Susan_I, Nov 2022
Chef Parker provided a lively and informative tour of Charleston. His incorporation of Charleston's culinary history was one of reasons we opted for this tour and we were not disappointed. The tour ended with a cooking demonstration and a lunch that highlighted ingredients of low country cuisine. The wine pairing as an added bonus. It was a morning well spent and would recommend to foodies and nonfoodies.
Awesome Food Experience
Cindy_H, Oct 2022
Great experience from start to finish. History was interesting, food was fabulous and we learned and ate a lot!
Take the time and take in this tour
John_A, Sep 2022
The food was fabulous and Chef knows the Charleston history and loves sharing it and he also shares the “legends have it” stories that are amusing
John_B, Jul 2022
Loved the food oriented historical stories and the luncheon was insane. Was a great experience that I would highly recommend and repeat
Birthday treat!
Rosemarie_C, Jul 2022
This was such a wonderful experience. Small group with a bit of history mixed with humor and our lunch was amazing. It was a birthday gift for an out of town friend and we enjoyed our day. I would highly recommend it.


Product code: 135016P1

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