Savor Saint Louis Food Tours Kicks Off 5th Walking Food Tour Season
ST. LOUIS, MO — After you’ve secured a place to sleep, what’s one of the most important things you do when you land in a new location when you’re traveling? Finding a quality place or two to eat. And more and more people are saying yes to finding local eateries in the area. In fact, “culinary travelers make up roughly half of all trip takers.” And a mother/daughter duo in St. Louis has made it easier for travelers, or even people in the region, to do just that since 2012 with their Savor Saint Louis Food Tours.
Since its inception, thousands of people from across the globe have sampled some of the best local restaurants in the Central West End and Delmar Loop areas of St. Louis through the three-hour walking tours. In 2016 more than 600 people took part in the food tours offered. The upcoming season for Savor Saint Louis Food Tours starts Friday, March 31 and ends early December, 2017. Tours are every Friday and Saturday starting at 11 a.m., while private group tours can be booked any day of the week.
More and more travelers are designing their trips around food experiences. And what better way than taking a food tour designed by locals? “We ask people on our walking food tours if they’ve ever been on a food tour before,” said Jennifer Schmid, co-owner of Savor Saint Louis Food Tours. “More and more people answer yes to that question than in the past.”
The idea that more people are seeking out local food and food experiences is more than just anecdotal. This Modern Restaurant Management article notes that “Authentic and local experiences are the biggest trends for culinary travelers in 2016.” And the trend is continuing for 2017.
“We seek out restaurants that embrace St. Louis as well as serve excellent food when creating our food tours,” Schmid said. “When my mother and I started Savor Saint Louis we did so out of a love for this city, to showcase it and all of the wonderful food we have in this town.”
“It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to meet out of town guests and have an opportunity to make a real connection with them in more than a “thanks for coming” setting,” Tom Schmidt, owner of Salt + Smoke said. “Savor Saint Louis helps us build deeper relationships with a national audience.”
“There are still plenty of people in St. Louis and beyond who haven’t visited Pi, and Savor Saint Louis is an incredibly powerful way to reach those potential guests,” Chris Sommers, founder of Pi Pizzeria said. “We see so many of them returning on their own, or visiting us at one of our out-of-town locations.”
Perfecting its tours along The Delmar Loop in University City, MO and the Central West End, the walking food tours are available every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., starting March 31 through the beginning of December. Suitable for all ages, prices of the food tours range from $19 for children age 7 and under to $34 for kids 8-12 and $52 for adults. Tours can easily accommodate up to 12 people and take place rain or shine. Gift certificates and private tours are also available. Call (314) 669-1326 or go online: SavorSaintLouis.com
The Smiths’ also have a background in the St. Louis food industry as the entire family is involved with The Royale Food and Spirits on South Kingshighway, currently celebrating its 12th year in operation.