Experiences make the best gifts!

Gift certificates available for the foodie in your life. They never expire and can be gifted in any amount!

Allow us to curate an unforgettable experience for your private group.

If you are looking for a more intimate experience, our Private Group Tours are the perfect way to explore Ithaca's cuisine in the company of your friends, family, or co-workers.

  • Corporate Groups
  • University Departments
  • Team-Building Excursions
  • Networking Groups
  • Student Clubs
  • Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties
  • Reunion Celebrations
  • Book Clubs & Social Groups

Starting at just $50 per person

Private tour dates available year round, Tuesday through Saturday! Choose from one of our flagship tours or allow us to customize your outing.

Downtown Ithaca Food Tour: Our flagship tour delves into the heart of Downtown Ithaca with stops at beloved restaurants and notable landmarks in The Commons area. Affectionately referred to as our "variety tour", this experience gives the best introduction to all the heart of our city has to offer.

The Science of Taste: Rediscover your five basic tastes while exploring Downtown Ithaca's restaurants on this special tour designed with winter weather in mind. Short presentations at each stop answer questions such as "What is the difference between taste and flavor" and "What does umami mean?" while guests enjoy samplings which showcase each taste.

Custom Tour: If none of the options above fit your group's needs we can customize an experience for you!

Yes, We Can:

  • Tailor food tastings to the dietary needs of your group.
  • Include alcohol pairings at as many stops as desired.
  • Design a tour as short as 2 hours and as long as 3 hours.
  • Adjust the date and start time (given restaurant availability).
  • Allow time for team-building exercises or time for guests to relax and socialize.

How It Works

  1. Fill out our getting started form!
  2. We'll send you our Private Tour e-brochure and an invitation to schedule a 15 minute phone consultation.
  3. Speak with us to customize your group's outing, then review the tour proposal.
  4. Place a deposit to reserve your date and time; this will be applied to your final total.
  5. Tell your group the exciting news!
  6. Payment in full due 2 weeks prior to your event date.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

When you purchase your tickets, please be sure and let us know if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, diabetic, allergy, etc.).

Substitutions are available for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free individuals, and those who do not drink alcohol. Substitutions for other dietary restrictions may or may not be available; please contact us directly before purchasing tickets for details.

Substitutions must be requested in advance with your ticket purchase. All tastings have been prepared in advance at each location, based on the information you provided to us at the time of ticket purchase. Last minute dietary changes on tour can not be accommodated.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Our food tours have been designed to highlight the best and most distinctive foods from each establishment. Therefore, there isn’t always a “next best” option that meets the special dietary needs of each of our guests. Since we have your health (and palate!) in mind, we truly appreciate your understanding on this issue.

If you have serious food allergies please contact us before purchasing tickets.

We absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of special requests (family reunions, birthday parties, out of town guests, corporate, conventions, festivals, parades, grand openings and more). Please see our Private Tours page for more information.

To schedule your private tour, please fill out our Plan Your Private Group Tour form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Yes, gift certificates are available for purchase online.

Definitely! Many of our attendees live right here in Ithaca. Locals should join us to learn about the history of local foodie mainstays and new additions to our local restaurant scene! Ithaca is brimming with history and cultural icons that will surprise you. Consider reading our Ithaca Foodie Blog to learn more about the Ithaca restaurant and dining scene.

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"I organized a private tour as a part of my friend's bachelorette party weekend. It was phenomenal. Everybody loved the experience and the food; picky eaters included... I would recommend taking a tour to anyone who is looking for a unique experience in Ithaca."

Cheyenne Metzler, May 2018