Hands on Culinary Activities

Looking for a new way to get hands on without taking a long boring cooking class? Be a participator instead of a spectator by taking your hands on culinary activities to the next level! With our multi-location activities, you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at both savory and sweet hands on activities.


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or send an email to nycgroups@avitaltours.com


Food Tours with Hands On Upgrades

You’ll get a behind the scenes look at the New York culinary scene on our private 4-course progressive meal, while hearing the stories of chefs, restaurant owners, and culinary experts. Each 3 hour private food tour visits 4 restaurants – with each course served at a different restaurant and thoughtfully curated by our team. For the Hands-On portion of the progressive meal, we will enhance one of your 4-courses to offer a hands on culinary activity such as a mixology lesson, making your own vermouth, stuffing your own arepas, rolling and folding your own kouign aman dessert or infusing your own gin.

  • Learn about the spirits in your cocktails, their origins and backstories and how to mix them. This 45 minute mixology upgrade has you shaking your own cocktails led by a mixologist.
  • Learn about how vermouth is made and add ingredients to the base wine. This 45 minute vermouth making add on has you sipping and adding with your group.
  • Learn about how to make gin and add ingredients to infuse vodka. This 45 minute gin making add on has you infusing while drinking and eating dessert
  • Learn about how kouign aman (similar to croissants) are made. This 45 minute gin making add on has you rolling and folding with your group and eating the finished product.

Email nycgroups@avitaltours.com for pricing and information


This is team building the way it should be –
seated around the table with good food, good people, and good stories.

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A Few of Our Clients:

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you accommodate large groups?

    Yes.  We host teams of all sizes.  Talk with your Culinary Curator for details, group rates, and options for your size.

  • Do we pick the restaurants?

    Well, you could, but then why come to us?  We have the “tough” job of eating at all of New York City’s awesome restaurants, finding those quirky characters, and building a culinary experience with story and purpose (that’s also delicious!)  Trust us, that’s why you came here.  Tell your curator about your team’s passions and preferences, and leave the rest to us.

  • What if I don't know my exact group size? Can I still book?

    That’s okay!  You can still book to reserve your date/time with an estimate and adjust later.  Ask your curator for details on adjustments based on group size.

  • Why not choose a cheaper food tour?

    We’re not actually a typically food tour.  We’ve taken the chef’s prix fixe tasting menu to the next level – with each course served at a different restaurant and guests seated at tables inside!   So, also ask yourself – why not choose a more expensive chef’s tasting menu at a single restaurant?  We’re the best of both worlds, and our prices reflect that.  If you’re looking for small bites on the sidewalk, then definitely go with a cheaper food tour.  If you’re looking for something more, give us a try.

  • Is alcohol Included?

    Yes! or No!  It’s your choice – we offer packages with and without alcoholic beverage pairings.  We can do non-alcoholic beverages also by request.

  • What if my group has dietary restrictions?

    No problem! We can accommodate for all dietary restrictions, just let us know before your event and you’re good to go.

  • Is this a full meal? How big are portion sizes?

    Yes. We have packages great for lunch and others perfect for dinner. Your curator can help you choose which package is most appropriate for your group.
    Our portions are full courses. While other food tour companies might serve you a quarter of a donut and consider that a “tasting”, we’ll serve you the full donut as one tasting.
  • Where do we meet?

    It depends!  After you book, your curator gets hard to work planning an awesome experience threading together partner restaurants, neighborhood landmarks, and quirky stories to fit your group, event date/time, and size.  Once the curation is complete, we’ll let you know the meeting location that suits your itinerary.

  • Do we walk? Can you pick us up?

    Yes and yes! Once you arrive in the neighborhood, you’ll walk about 1 to 1.5 miles total over the 3 hour event.  If you need transportation to the neighborhood, we offer private transportation from your location to/from the event (ask your curator for pricing.)  If you don’t want to walk at all, check out our multi-neighborhood packages. (Submit an inquiry for more info.)

  • Do I get an itinerary in advance?

  • Do you have availability? How much does it cost?

    Submit an inquiry to receive instant access to our event proposal with pricing, and a fast response from your curator about availability.  The online calendar is for public tickets only.  Private events have many more options and are available at any date and any time of your choosing.