One of the great things about living in the Washington area is discovering hidden gems in some of the most recognizable locations of the city. A nice way to find some of these sites is to take a walking tour. What’s even better is if there are treats along the way. That’s what you get when you take a food tour with Mangia DC.
Mangia DC Food Tours is a cultural food and walking tour business established in 2013 by Dave Saxe. In April, the company launched its Georgetown Foodie Tour. The 3 ½ tour consists of a leisurely stroll through Georgetown hitting some of the local eateries and establishments in this bustling part of the district. Along the way, experienced tour guide such as Saxe showcases the history, historical homes & food artisans of the neighborhood.
The Georgetown Foodie Tour consists of four stops:
Stachkowski’s Market, a local butcher that offers fresh and cured meats, cheeses and sandwiches
Georgetown Olive Oil Company, a retail shop specializing in extra virgin olive oil, infused balsamic vinegars and exotic salts
Via Umbria, a market and restaurant specializing in the specialties of Umbria, Italy. This shop does a little of everything. It’s also a market, wine shop, event space and even sells pottery.
Dog Tag Bakery, a bakery that not only sells delectable baked goods but serves as a way to empower and educate veterans with disabilities.
Mangia DC has developed such a good rapport with these establishments that many of the owners take time out of the busy stores to spend a few moments to chat with tour patrons. This only helps to enhance the tour experience. The idea behind the tour is not to gorge out on lots of food but to provide tasting and alcohol pairings “large enough to be pleasantly full.”
Saxe’s idea was to offer a food tour that allows participants to experience the sights, sounds and taste of Washington and the Georgetown Foodie Tour is a great way to spend a leisurely afternoon. The small group size gives people a chance to meet each other and allows the tour guide to be more accessible and engaging.
In addition to the Georgetown Foodie Tour, Mangia DC offers and Italian Food Tour of Dupont Circle, vegan gourmet dining and cooking classes as well as private food tours and events. A portion of every ticket sale is donated to So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.). To book a reservation or find out further information, visit Mangiadc.com.