DC Metro Food Tours Blog

Written by founder Jeff Swedarsky and team to give you a heads up on new activities and events

May 4th 2017 - back to blogging

After a serious injury in june 2014, I am back and starting back up the DC Metro Food Tours blog. Over the past few years, our great staff has been fantastic helping grow and manage the company while i could not. As I continue to recover, I or members of my staff will bring you information about new tours, events, and activities.

Stay tuned for more information and check out our site (which is being redesigned right now. We are also launching the 4Lobe Events DC Metro website, which will provide more culinary focused events and team building for private groups and for public signup.

Between here and 4Lobe you will see some great things happening in 2017, including a series of new events, a new food tour and the restart of the culinary club (eventually)


Cherry Blossoms are almost back in Washington DC

March 24, 2014

Although the cold winter got us all down, one of our favorite Washington DC traditions is about to begin. We are talking, of course, about the Cherry Blossom Festival.

For a few weeks, thousands of people flock to the mall, tidal basin, and other places around the city to get a glimpse of the famous, beautiful blossoms as they peak. At their best, the trees wrap the city in a blanket of white and pink, providing the perfect backdrop for a picture.

At DC Metro Food Tours, we are offering the Cherry Blossom Food Tour in three different neighborhoods this year; Capitol Hill, Old Town, and Georgetown throughout March and into April. Please check out our Cherry Blossom Food Tour page or call us at 202-851-2268 for more information.

growing to Leesburg and Loudoun County - also job opening updates

May 7, 2012 - DC Metro Food Tours will be expanding further into Virginia as we launch our Historic Leesburg Food Tour, and Loudoun County experiential Food and Wine Tour.

We are excited to be offering a new Food Tour in this historic, beautiful area, and would love to show it to everyone as well. The first food tours have started, and additional tours will be available to the public starting next Saturday. Email us if you want to pre-book!

For those of you who have applied for a FTC job - thank you so much for your interest! We are still screening resume's and will be back to you shortly if we have not already.

If you don't get this job, there will be other openings right around the corner available

Food Tour Corporation is now hiring!

April 5, 2012 - We are looking for ideal candidates to join the FTC team, both at the Headquarter level, and in the field. For those people interested in joining a fast growing, fun company in a great industry, please see our jobs page for more information.

We are just starting to populate the list, and more positions will become availabile in the future. If you don't see anything that matches your skillset, don't hesitate to email us at info@foodtourcorp.com and we will contact you if an opening matches your skills.

DC Metro Food Tours Gets Some Heart and Soul

Washington, DC, July 18, 2011 Ė The U Street Corridor, one of DCís trendiest neighborhoods, has long been known for its rich African American history and place in the jazz scene, and today itís getting more recognition for something else: itís food. DC Metro Food Tours is presenting the U Street Heart and Soul Food Tour, its newest culinary experience set to highlight one of Washingtonís most quintessential neighborhoods through its food, history, architecture, and culture.

The walking tours last about 3.5 hours and groups will enjoy a variety of dishes from selected local restaurants that reflect their specialties and also deconstruct the culinary history of the area. Guests will also explore the neighborhoodís evolution from its roots in racial diversity, to its rise and prominence in the African American community, to its rebirth as one of the main cultural and culinary epicenters of the city.

The U Street Heart and Soul Food Tour will begin on Saturday, July 23rd at 2:30pm. Food selections will include Caribbean classics, traditional soul food from a chef highlighted on the Food Network, innovative European inspired dishes using locally sourced products, high end Cajun and Creole dishes and inventive cocktails.

Tickets are $68 a person and can be purchased Online. Tours will run Thursdays-Saturdays from 2:30-6:00pm.

DC Metro Food Tours offers historic walking and motorcoach-based food tours and culinary events that highlight the cuisine of locally owned and operated restaurants throughout neighborhoods in and around Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. To find out the latest information on any of our activities, check out www.DCMetroFoodTours.com.


New look and new feel for 2011

Everyone may notice a few new changes in the site, including a new logo, a new look, and a somewhat new layout. This is part of our Kaizen style process; this is a concept developed for Japanese car manufacturers that stresses continuous improvement. We want to continuously improve upon our products, our service, and our concept. We want to make sure that the products we put out are the very best possible. We saw some of the basic things like the website were slightly lacking, so it was time for a change.

In that context, I want everyone to know I want to hear from you - if there is something you like, something you hate, or something you wish we did, email us at info@dcmetrofoodtours.com and tell us about it. If we can make it better, we always will. One new thing that will hopefully happen soon is a dynamic blog rather than flat postings- but in due time it will happen.

As for everything else, keep on the look out for a brand new dc food tour in the spring, and another as summer approaches. We hope to open 5 more this season at least and another in Alexandria. If you have ideas of something you want to see, let me know!

Annapolis is part of the family

We are proud to say that Annapolis Food Tours and Capital City Colonials are now part of the FTC family! Since 2005 the companies, stared by FTC friend Susan Dennis have gained a strong following and been highly rated . We are working to take the success they have seen for the past few years and build on it, working dilligently in the offseason to make it even better. Expect pub crawls, and dine arounds in both Annapolis and Baltimore. Stay tuned!


New Baltimore Food Tour of Little Italy

Just wanted to let everyone know we just launched a Little Italy Food Tour in Baltimore through our sister company Charm City Food Tours. It should be an exciting look at both Jonestown, as well as Little Italy with some amazing food.

I haven't said it yet, but there is still one more DC Metro Food Tour to come this year (if it will warm up). Everyone is already on board, and ready to roll; we just need the weather to cooperate!. We will be doing some final run throughs within the next week. If anyone is interested, please contact us at info@dcmetrofoodtours.com. Keep your eyes open for other FTC companies starting up such as Taste Indy Food Tours and others. As usual I will do my best to keep everyone posted here. By next season this will also be an actual blog rather than just a static DC Metro Food Tours news feed.

Dupont Circle Food Tour begins

Although winter is near, things are still warming up for DC Metro Food Tours, as well as some of our sister companies in Food Tour Corporation.

I am very proud of this one and am exciting for everyone to try it. We always try to make each Food Tour decidedly different than its predecessors, without compromising the quality product we strive to develop. This Food Tour is a bit more diverse than Gastronomic Georgetown, and will give you the opportunity to enjoy cuisine you may not have had before.

We are also launching a line of wintertime Food Tours as the weather gets colder. Stay tuned for more information soon!

Old Town Alexandria Redeveloped

Great news- After a considerable process, we have finally redeveloped the Old Town Alexandria Food Tour. Although this was our first Food Tour launched through DC Metro Food Tours, we found a few ways to make it something truly special.

We are now placing a greater emphasis on local Alexandria and Virginia; through both the food, and the beverages you receive (there is now beer and wine served). We kept our favorite places, and brought some new stops on board as well.

For those of you who have taken the Old Town Food Tour, I would love to see you on it again. Send us an email if you have taken it in the past, and you will receive a special discount this time. Also, stay tuned for a second Old Town Alexandria Food Tour.

2010 - New tours, New guides, New events

Hello everyone, and welcome to our 2010 season! We are building on last years' success, and pressing on to offer even more tours, events, dates, and times. This year is starting off with the launch of our Gastronomic Georgetown Food Tour, a comprehensive look at the historic, yet chic modern city. I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of it! We have also added more food stops on both Old Town Alexandria, as well as Capitol Hill. The vendors at Eastern Market have responded from our first year together well, adding an array of different specialties we can try while we are there.

U Street Food Tour has arrived!

After a long wait, the U Street Food Tour is here! Its taken a while but will be one of our very best and most popular Food Tours. The U Street neighborhood is a vibrant mix of old and new, and has undergone an extraordinary revitalization, and is an exciting, eclectic neighborhood. We do our best to bring together cuisine that follows the progression of the neighborhood over the past century. I think you will really enjoy it.

Please check out the details at our U Street Food Tour page. Feel free to call the office at 202-851-2268 as well.

One last food tour

Don't expect Georgetown to be the last tour this year, right now we have at least 3 more in the works all around the region. Also check out Charm City Foods- for a variety of Food Tours in Baltimore.

With the new tours and routes, we have added some great new guides and hosts to the DC Metro Food Tours team. I hope to get a bio page out soon, so you can get to know them better. For anyone interested in working for us, feel free to contact us and tell us why you want to be part of the team.


Little Ethiopia Food Tour on the Washington Times

Thank you to Gabriella Boston for her fantastic article about the Little Ethiopia Food Tour, our newest, and most progressive Food Tour we offer. This one is more about the culture of a people, rather than a neighborhood, which will hence be the start of our cultural food tours series. More will be coming by next year...

DC Metro Food Tours now on Twitter!

First of all, I want to thank everyone who signed up for the Eastern Market Food Tour deal, and to welcome you to our company. I want to make sure everyone is able to claim their seats.

We will begin accepting date requests at 7am Tuesday morning. If you have a specific date in mind and will place you based on when you email us. We have a bunch of days available so we will work with you to make sure to get a good date. And donít worry, they are all good dates. The reason we like weekday evenings is because we really get to enjoy the market without all the extreme crowds. The vendors can cater more to us, and itís a much more relaxed environment.

We will post the Eastern Market Food Tour dates this weekend, so make sure to stop by to figure out what works best for you. Any questions, just email me.

We are really excited to bring you our first market tour- and think everyone is going to love it. For those of you who have been to eastern market, you realize its not huge- thatís part of the reason we love it. Wondering how we managed to have a food tour in Eastern Market? Well, soon you will know! If you havenít been in Eastern Market before, you are in for a treat- it is easily one of my favorite places in DC.

In other news, we are now on twitter. Join the fun and follow us @dcfoodtours. We will be tweeting promotions, discounts, and events. So sign up, and tell your friends! Each week we will offer great giveaways as well!


The Foods of Eastern Market Food Tour will be operational at the beginning of August

We are closing in on our final runthrough on the Foods of Eastern Market Food Tasting Tour. This food tour is different than our other offerings- as we don't sit when we eat, and we taste food rather than have small plate.

I need to remind people this is part of our 6 part Market Tours series which will bring you to many of the Washington DC area's markets. The market tours will have a different feel than our normal food tours. They are created to truly experience the diverse, unique market scene that exists in the area.

Intersted in test driving the Foods of Eastern Market Tour before anyone else?? We have room for 3 test subjects who get to see the final run through of the tour, and want it to be you. If you are interested email me here!

p.s. I know you can't comment on anything yet. We are working that issue and should have a real working blog up soon. Until then, this is all we got.

Eastern Market Reopens after 2 years

Eastern Market, Washington DC's beloved fresh market is reopening after a devastating fire destroyed it in April, 2007. After the fire, the city quickly responded by building a temporary structure to house the vendors.

Eastern Market continued on as the tenants took their place in the temporary 'east hall' and continued to serve the Washington DC community. At the same time, the original south hall was meticulously renovated and updated over the course of nearly two years.

The grand reopening of Eastern Market is commemorated by a day long celebration on June 27th. For more information, see the official Eastern Market website.

I am very excited to see the doors open at Eastern Market. I remember being there the Sunday before the fire, enjoying one of my favorite chicken empanadas, thinking how lucky I am to be in a city with such a place. Mayor Fentyís commitment to rebuild the market made shortly after the fire was a relief- but we knew it would be a long road ahead.

Come join us in celebrating this wonderful occasion. If you canít make it on the 27th, be sure to check out the facility sometime soon.

The Capitol Hill Culinary Experience

The Food Tour of Capitol Hill takes you through the country's largest Victorian neighborhood where you sample local and regional specialties that reflect the neighborhood's vibrant population. A diverse culinary scene awaits you as we dine at family run restaurants from the Navy Yard to Eastern Market.

Eastern Market Food Tour

The Eastern Market Food Tour will give you an inside look at the district's legendary public market. Meet vendors and taste their specialties, which include a variety of local and regional products.

Gastronomic Georgetown

Second only to Old town in age and filled with charm, the Georgetown Food Tour explores not only the great local restaurants but also the unique history from Francis Scott Key to the Kennedy's.

Little Ethiopia Food Tour

Your gastronomic experience through Ethiopian culture and culture and will chronicle its intricate flavors, textures, and colors. The tour will visit restaurants each boasting a different specialty dish.

Additional Culinary tours

Not interested in a daytime Food Tour? No problem. See our other tours below

Evening Dine Around

The evening Dine Around is a fully customizable progressive Food Tour offered not only in any neighborhood which we run Food Tours, but many others throughout the region.

Enjoy a multi-course progressive meal that will expand and challenge the palette with an array of flavors, tastes, and textures. Dishes can often be paired with alcoholic beverages upon request.

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Pub Crawl

Let us take you through a DC area neighborhood of your choice after dark with a Pub Crawl. Enjoy a guided tour with stops at great local bars and pubs. Enjoy trivia and games and win prizes and drinks at each stop.

Click here to learn more

Washington DC area Culinary Events

We have a range of culinary experiences throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area.  Whether it is a multi-course dinner in a 18th century colonial home, a cooking class led by a notable DC area chef, or a food appreciation course, we have it.

For more information, please contact us at info@foodtourcorp.com

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