Wednesday, 13 April
Epicurean Excursion from Portland Walking Tours

David of Portland Walking Tours was kind enough to send me the press release below. It sounds like a blast, and definitely something the Spousal Unit and I would want to do once we're settled in to the new house:

Portland Walking Tours Announces an “Epicurean Excursion”

A fun, informative, unique (and filling) way to experience Portland’s Pearl District

(Portland, OR) April 14, 2005 - Portland Walking Tours announces a new walking tour featuring the city’s culinary delights. Starting April 16 th at 10:30 am and operating every Saturday until December, this “Epicurean Excursion” walking tour is a fun and educational adventure, where walkers will sample food and drink and meet artisans in their shops, all in the beautiful and thriving Pearl District. Everything is included in the price of $59 per person.

Walkers will taste the best of Oregon--local produce, teas, jams and jellies, beer, pizza, coffee, sorbettos and gelatos, fresh chocolate truffles, and artisan breads and sweets fresh from bakery ovens. We recommend that walkers don't eat before the tour.

This “Epicurean Excursion” walking tour features themes including:

  • Local and Sustainable Goods,
  • Demonstrations and behind-the-scenes chats with the Artisans, and
  • Portland’s Liquid Assets (microbrews, teas, olive oils, wines, coffee, and, of course, rain - our liquid sunshine).

While destinations will change depending on timing, seasons, and availability, a sample April itinerary includes the Pearl Bakery (handmade breads and pastries), In Good Taste Cooking School (jams and jellies), Tea Zone (loose leaf teas), Hot Lips Pizza (handcrafted pizza and homemade berry sodas), Bridgeport Brewery (microbrews), Via Delizia (deserts and coffees), and more. Walkers will also learn about the ever-changing face of the Pearl District and the neighborhood’s interesting history, including the real story of Pearl Marie Amhara, for whom the area is named.

The “Epicurean Excursion” walking tour is every Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m., and runs approximately 3 hours. The tour starts at the Visitor Center at Pioneer Courthouse Square (under the Starbucks at SW Broadway & Morrison). The price for Adults, Seniors and Youth is $59.00 per person, with group discounts beginning at 9 people. The price includes all food, drink, and Portland Streetcar access. Tour maximum is 15 walkers, so while advanced ticketing is not required, it is strongly recommended. We expect this walking tour to regularly sell out, so book in advance.

About Portland Walking Tours

Portland Walking Tours offers guided tours exploring the food, history, art, architecture, fountains, parks, and unique places in the City of Roses and surrounding areas. The company also provides private tours, school field trips, step-on guide services, airport greeter services, and speaker services to the meeting industry. The 24 hour information and ticketing line is (503) 774-4522. Additional information and online ticketing are available at www.portlandwalkingtours.com. Portland Walking Tours is a member of the Portland Oregon Visitors Association, the International Culinary Tourism Association, LifeBalance, and is an AAA "Show Your Card and Save" partner .