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Eating Europe Tours Unwraps Two New Foodie Tours

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | June 10, 2015

Eating Europe Tours Unwraps Two New Foodie Tours

PHOTO: Eating Europe's Twilight De Pijp Food Tour in Amsterdam focuses on the cuisine of the de Pijp neighborhood of Amsterdam. (Photo by David Cogswell)

Epicureans, gourmets and just plain old foodies should have little trouble recognizing an ally in Eating Europe Tours, a company that does not mince words when it comes to proclaiming its mission.

Beyond just eating, the operator defines its mission as “to leave travelers with an unparalleled, non-touristy, food-related experience in undiscovered neighborhoods of the most fascinating cities in the world,” with the belief that “there is no better way to get to know a country’s people and culture than through its food.”

The tour operation was founded in 2011 by Kenny Dunn, an American who had moved to Rome in 2008. Dunn built his predilection for showing his friends around to the best restaurants in the neighborhoods of Rome into a business.

It started with Dunn’s Taste of Testaccio Food Tour, which was designed to highlight “real food, real people and real neighborhoods.”

Dunn received such a great response to the Taste of Testaccio he decided to offer other choices. In 2013 he introduced the Twilight Trastevere Food Tour and the Daylight Trastevere Food Tour and upon these pillars built his business, henceforth known as Eating Italy Food Tours.

He followed that with a London Food Tour in the East End, which necessitated a name change to Eating Europe. In 2014 Dunn introduced Eating Amsterdam Tours and Eating Prague Tours.

This year the company has introduced two new evening eating experiences, one in Amsterdam, the Twilight De Pijp Food Tour, and one in London, the Twilight Soho Food Tour.

The Twilight Soho Food Tour takes place in the famous London neighborhood that has been the center of many cultural waves and now is a center of international food choices.

The Twilight Soho Food Tour includes an authentic English tea; the full Jamón experience with a glass of wine; Lebanese street food; pintxos, a Basque-style variation on tapas; Italian polenta snacks; and hummus from a Levantine kitchen. Non-culinary highlights include learning about where John Lennon first performed before he became famous and a visit to theaters that stayed open during World War II when the city was being bombed.

The Twilight De Pijp Food Tour in Amsterdam focuses on the cuisine of the de Pijp neighborhood of Amsterdam south of the canal belt, a multi-cultural neighborhood that is a favorite of locals. The food tour includes a sampling of a variety of international influences, including Indonesian rijsttafel, Belgian beer, cuisine of Suriname, Durch borrelhapjes and local beer.

Beyond the food content of the tour, there will be opportunities to learn more about Amsterdam, such as why the streets of de Pijp are named after Dutch painters, what the neighborhood looked like centuries ago and why it’s seen as one of the hippest neighborhoods to live in now.  

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