Walk, Eat, Repeat with Charlottesville Food Tour
Even on a bright, sunshiny day, you may notice a crowd of hungry people following a lady holding a big orange umbrella in downtown Charlottesville. The umbrella is the emblem of Charlottesville Food Tour, a company that gives folks a taste of what’s served at the city’s best restaurants and food shops.
That lady is owner Rachel Sengenberger, who leads these culinary jaunts to explore the downtown food scene every Saturday, putting a special emphasis on locally sourced foods. She starts at the Spice Diva in the Main Street Market, and then it’s on to six to eight more places, including Feast, the Whiskey Jar, the Livery Stable, Brookville, and Splendora’s. “We love the fact that the owners and chefs come out and talk to the people,” she says. “It’s a chance for them to get out of the kitchen and explain the passion they have.”
Both tour options go about three hours and one and a half miles: Downtown Delights covers brunch; Savor Charlottesville goes from late afternoon to early evening. “Savor Charlottesville is a wonderful date night or early dinner before a downtown show or event,” says Sengenberger. “And both tours are very interactive, which is why our tagline is a ‘V.I.P. Food Tasting Experience.’”