The city’s restaurants, breweries, food
festivals and organized activities, including
walking tours and cooking classes, are all
available to spice up a meeting agenda.
From a fun food truck rodeo and a gorgeous new speakeasy to a Mediterranean
restaurant with event space that rivals any
in the city, following are eight great, and
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours offers
both public weekend walking tours as well
as customized private tours for groups of 10
to 200 people.
According to Malinda Harrell, director
of sales for Visit Raleigh, the tour operator
offers various outings that feature the culinary delights found in downtown Raleigh,
including a dinner and drinks tour and a
speakeasies cocktail tour.
Busy groups with packed schedules
Raleigh Beer Trail
will appreciate a tour, which is an all-in-
one experience that includes networking,
exploring a bit of Raleigh and, of course,
tasting some amazing food and beverages.
“Raleigh has one of the most award-win-
ning and progressive culinary scenes in the
Southeast, and Taste of Carolina Gourmet
Food Tours are a great way to experience
some of the best of our city’s offerings in a
short period of time,” Harrell said.
Wake County’s Raleigh Beer Trail boasts
more than 30 breweries, including Aviator
Brewing Co. ( http://aviatorbrew.com),
which started in an airplane hangar, and
Raleigh Brewing Co. (www.raleighbrew
ing.com), the first woman-owned brewery
in the state.
Aviator Brewing and Raleigh Brewing
Top foodie finds in North
both offer brewery tours and tastings as
well as private spaces for group events.
The Aviator SmokeHouse Restaurant hosts
private events for up to 120 people and
Raleigh Brewing has a private tavern room
that accommodates up to 40 people.
“Another great option for groups is to
hop on the Raleigh Brews Cruise [www.
brewscruise.com] or a Beltline Brew
Tour [ www.beltlinebrewtours.com] to
participate in a behind-the-scenes tour and
tasting at three different breweries,” Harrell
added. “For something a little less formal
groups can rent the Trolley Pub [https://
raleigh.trolleypub.com] to pedal their way
around downtown Raleigh and make two
to three stops at local breweries or bars.”
Raleigh, N.C.’s thriving and increasingly popular cuisine scene
is as impressive as it is
delicious. Groups meeting
in this capital city can
easily include an auxiliary
event incorporating its
variety of flavors.
Carolina’s capital city
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
WAT TS & WARD
TASTE CAROLINA GOURMET FOOD TOURS MANDOLIN CHEF SEAN FOWLER
MULINO ITALIAN KITCHEN & BAR
AVIATOR BREWING CO.