The tour of a lifetime is here! The Murder Mystery Cocktail Tour merges a progressive dinner, craft cocktails, history & intrigue and brings an actual unsolved murder to life. There are no actors, no costumes and definitely no bologna! This tour takes you to some of the best kept vintage restaurants & culinary gems where we pair a decadent meal and mind-altering drinks with some of the darkest stories of old New Haven.
New Haven, 1880s: The scene of a murder. A fisherman finds a young woman’s clothed body floating lifeless in the constant ebb of the summer tide, a life taken too soon, but as evidence reveals, a life taken by force. Her plight from a frolicking dame enjoying the revelries of youth to the twisted thoughts of the person who cast her earthly twinkle into the great abyss, detectives begin a wide search for a vicious murderer . But the prime suspects hide behind lie after lie, witnesses go missing and a team of high profile lawyers and powerful businessmen push the case and the people around it to the edge. In a series of twists, this Victorian murder proves to be one of the longest and most infamous mysteries in New Haven history. But we may uncover the truth, if we put our minds together!
The culinary trial starts with a selection of charcuterie & cheese along with a palette cleansing Aperol Spritz at the chic 9 Squared inside the new Cambria Hotel. Deliberations continue at the storied Old Heidelberg in the Graduate Hotel where we examine German style brats and Bavarian pretzels filtered with an Old Fashioned for the ages. Our next culinary crime scene takes us to the legendary barroom at Ordinary where we investigate a succulent grilled cheese, skillet seared cheeseburgers & a masterfully crafted cocktail. The final verdict shall be read out loud at the Anchor Spa with popcorn, pumpkin cheesecake & the rum based drink Yale Beets Harvard drink, because there’s always a winner and a loser in a murder trial!
-tours are rain or shine, last 4-5 hours & are a mile walk total
-includes a progressive meal & 4 cocktails
-historical narratives & characters are based on real events
-incomparable to other murder mystery events (due to mysterious circumstances)
-led by Taste of New Haven founder, historian & author Colin M. Caplan
Pasta lovers unite on our Pasta Tour in the heart of New Haven’s Little Italy along Wooster Street! This indulgent walk takes guests to some of the best spots for pasta paired with wine and sweets to help it all go down smoothly. One of the best known Italian foods, pasta comes in myriad shapes and with a variety of sauces, and is best enjoyed with others!
The tour starts us at a fan favorite with Zeneli Pizzeria e Cucina Napoletana for the simple but savory Cacio e Pepe spaghetti paired with a smooth Campanian red wine. We then cross the road to Pasta Eataliana for the famous Paccheri alla Siciliana paired with a robust Tuscan red wine. To please your palate we visit the state’s oldest pastry shop, Libby’s, for some fresh Gelato and an espresso, followed by a walk around the block to digest and make more room. We finish our pasta adventure at the historic Consiglio’s Restaurant for delectable Cavatelli with marinara, home made Limoncello liquor and top it off with a slice of succulent Tiramisu! And at that we say “Basta!”
-Tour lasts about 4 hours and is rain or shine
-We walk about a quarter of a mile total
-Come hungry since we will serve a plenty of pasta and accompanying food
Join New Haven’s longest running and most acclaimed pizza learning & making experience with 5th generation pizzaiolo Jimmy Ormrod of Zuppardi’s Apizza & pizza guru, author & tour guide Colin M. Caplan. This 3 hour pizza class will give the novice to the advanced home pizza maker a hands-on, up close experience where we learn the steps from dough production, forming & stretching to pie decorating, baking & slicing. Each participant will be able to watch, learn & try the techniques used to make New Haven style apizza from one of the most established & renowned pizza families in the country.
-classes are in person & limited to create intimate learning experience
-dress casually since you will be working with ingredients
-includes a meal with a variety of pizza & beverages
-appropriate for ages 13 and up
-take home your own rolled dough balls & baked pizzas
The side dish takes the main stage on this epic epicurean adventure through Downtown New Haven. Fries Around Town focuses on the delicacy known as French Fries, Frites, Chips, Spuds and more. We visit four highly rated & diverse restaurants who happen to produce amazing fries which, incidentally, pair very well with beer!
We start with a taste of Ireland at The Trinity Bar for freshly fried fish & chips as well as a proper pour of Guinness. After this fill we amble through historic Downtown & Yale to the colorful Indian flare of Sherkaan for savory and crispy okra fries & Taj Mahal beer. Next we dive over to Three Sheets for superb Belgian style frites, pickle fries & a local brew. Our final stop takes us to the renowned & sophisticated Union League Cafe to sample the truest French fries paired with, you guessed it, a delightful Belgian beer (alternative last stop is Atelier Florian for Belgian frites & a beer, wine or cocktail)!
-1.5 mile walk through Downtown New Haven
-can easily accommodate gluten free & vegan diets
-all food & drink tastes included in tour cost
-tour guide gratuity appreciated!
Get ready to taste the parts of New Haven that come from the depths of your nightmares. We have put together a walking tour that will make even the darkest demons hungry. It’s a tour to please to most sinister of impulsive appetites while we fill your brains with mind-bending tales and travel to known haunted sites, ancient cemeteries, eerie basements and fabled Yale secret societies. We may even have a few visitors popping in along the way….. Besides the copious amount of flesh we will be feeding on, our path will lead us to a coven of tasty bites, toothy tastes, and blood-thirsty concoctions.
Stops include indulging on a tasty taco and a margarita from Geronimo, then we trounce over The Trinity Bar for Irish blood sausage washed down with Guinness. We step on graves to get to Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant for gluttonous amounts of Greek food, pizza and beer or wine. Our lives and tour ends in the dark depths of the basement of Old Heidelberg Bar for your final meal of brats, cocktails and beer & the faint sound of our screams of udder delight.
This creepy amble lasts about 5 hours and is rain, shine or kingdom come. Survivors walk about 1.5 miles total. All food, blood and drink tastes are covered in your ticket price. To escape the wrath of your guide, bring a little cash treat to help them wet their beak, or else…
We are walking back to 2011 where it all started for Taste of New Haven: Westville! This tasty forage brings guests to new and old restaurants in one of the most artsy and diverse neighborhoods in New Haven. We’ll start strong with the new Delaney’s Tap Room for a locally brewed beer and their famous chicken wings, then fly over Pistachio for a Turkish delight & tea, and after dive into Fin & Scale for a taste of the state’s only Kosher sushi along with a raspberry daiquiri. Next we flock to Manjares for a pastry and a spritz, then head to Rawa for a Middle Eastern style pizza & spreads with pita bread paired with Lebanese wine. The tour concludes at the lively Camacho Garage for a Mexican sampling of chef Arturo Franco Camacho’s tacos & margaritas!
Pizza lovers and beer buffs will love this history-laden walking tour featuring 12 pizzas from some of the top-rated pizzerias in the country. Get your walking shoes on and don’t bother eating breakfast! One of the only US pizza tour outside of New York, Boston or Chicago, we skip the lines and bring the pizza and pints rolling! On this 6-Hour Pizza Lovers Tour, Sundays: we start with the oldest and most famous at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana on Wooster Street for a plain tomato pie, mozz pie & white clam pie. After a healthy walk through Wooster Square & Downtown we land at Bar for a plain pie and a mozz pie plus their famous mashed potato bacon pie! Our long walk takes us through some of the most beautiful areas of New Haven including the renowned architecture of Yale University & Hillhouse Avenue to hit the rockstar place Modern Apizza on State Street for a plain pie, mozz pie & heavy hitter Italian Bomb pie! Our last leg is a stroll back over to Wooster Street for the legendary Sally’s Apizza for you guesses it; a plain pie, mozz pie & then their unique potato & onion special pie. Note: Saturday tours start at Modern Apizza and instead of heading to Bar we end at the hopping wood-fired pizzeria, Next Door for a plain pie, mozz pie & a mouth watering mashed potato, bacon & onion pie.
Each pizzeria will serve a plain tomato pie with garlic, a mozzarella pie and then a specialty pizza. At the end we take a tally where you get to be judge of your favorite pizza! Get ready for a full day of pizza!
This amazing forage into the world of pizza in the heart of New Haven’s Little Italy on Wooster Street takes you to some of the top-rated pizzerias in the country. We focus on pizza, history and pizza (did we mention that?) with a little stroll, and some beer and wine. The 4-hour tour visits the historic Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, new kid on the block Zeneli Pizzeria for traditional Neapolitan style pizza, the iconic Sally’s Apizza for New Haven style apizza and Abate’s Apizza for a tray of Grandma style pie plus another New Haven style apizza to wash it all down. All-in-all you will try 10 pizzas, have options for wine, beer and soda, and then vote on the best pizza of the day!
Our Taco Tour is packed full of Downtown New Haven’s tastiest tacos! This traditional Mexican snack has reached the top of the food pyramid for many and we are going to town to find the best. To wash it down we pair these savory treats with refreshing Margaritas at each stop. To accomplish all this we visit an array of restaurants that serve these corn or flour tortilla wraps and sweet and sour cocktails to perfection.
Our tour starts at the legendary Geronimo Tequila Bar for the chef’s selection of a variety of meat and vegetable soft corn tacos and their perfectly balanced margaritas. Then we head to new taquerila Tacos Los Gordos to select freshly made tacos paired with a soft drink of choice. We finish our journey at Pacifico for a Baja style fried fish on a soft corn taco and a zesty margarita. Your stomach will be eternally happy achieving this level of taco heaven!
-Tour is 4 hours long and about a mile of walking
-Guests who consume alcohol must be 21 and over with a valid ID
-Margaritas can be made with no alcohol on request
-We may not be able to accommodate some dietary restrictions due to our strict taco regiment
-Tour guide gratuity is greatly appreciated!
Join us on a Latin American themed culinary tour around Downtown New Haven sampling small plates of food from a variety of nationalities. La comida, or food, shows off the city’s diverse Latino culture. We will start with a Iberian wine tasting at The Wine Thief. Next we cross over to Soul de Cuba for a Cubano sandwich and mojito. Go to old Mexico with chef selected tacos and classic Margaritas at Geronimo Tequila Bar. Next we spice it up with Nuevo Latino cuisine featuring a duck quesadilla and a caipirinha at Pacifico. The tour rounds off back to the motherland of Spain at Barcelona for traditional tapas and sangria.