Undiscovered Charleston: Half Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class

4 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 12
Mobile ticket


Charleston's only chef led historic walking tour, cooking demonstration and lunch! Our experience begins with a 90 minute food history walking tour in the historic district, followed by a cooking demonstration, lunch & paired wine tasting at the popular local's spot Bistro a Vin. It's led by Charleston's only South Carolina Chef Ambassador & Palmetto Guild Certified tour guide, Forrest Parker. Leading the teams at some of Charleston's most iconic restaurants, Parker has been called a "visionary who calls upon the culture, history & flavor traditions of South Carolina to create heritage-infused experiences." Parker was recognized by then Governor Nikki Haley as a S.C. Chef Ambassador in 2016, a capstone for a culinary career that began in 1995.

Chef Forrest invites you to take the path less traveled; to see, touch, sip and taste the Undiscovered Charleston!


  • Lunch - Chef Forrest will demonstrate how to prepare three of his recipes with heritage Lowcountry ingredients then serve you lunch with carefully curated wine pairings from Bistro a Vin.
  • Cooking Demonstration by Chef Forrest Parker
  • Alcoholic Beverages - Bistro Au Vin provides wine tasting pours paired with Chef Forrest's recipes. (Additional wine available for purchase on consumption.)
  • Coffee and/or Tea - For those who do not wish to have wine, Charleston sweet tea and filtered water will be available.
  • Each guest will leave with copies of Chef Forrest's recipes.
  • 90-minute walking tour of Charleston's historic district

What to expect

Charleston's acclaimed Chef Forrest Parker guides you along an undiscovered path where food and history meet on in historic Charleston, distilling 400 years into a walking tour experience culminating with a cooking demonstration and three course tasting of the iconic flavors of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Chef Forrest leads you on a 90 minute walking tour unlike any other in the city, as the only certified chef tour guide, exploring the complicated history of the Holy City and the culinary influences that shaped Charleston into one of the world's top food destinations. You'll visit the not-to be missed sights, but also the lesser known and understood locations where, for example, an enslaved chef created a recipe that still helps define local menus. The tour concludes at a cozy bistro where you relax while Chef Forrest demonstrates how to prepare the recipes he wrote interpreting definitive Lowcountry classics, and prepared using techniques he mastered over two decades. You'll enjoy a lunch with each of those courses carefully paired with wine, and then take his recipes home with you as our gift to you.

Stop At:

• Joe Riley Waterfront Park, Concord Street Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401-2129
• Rainbow Row, 79 E Bay St # 107, Charleston, SC 29401-2544

Sample Menu

• Lunch - Tours conclude at a cozy bistro where Chef Forrest demonstrates how to prepare Lowcountry classics. Enjoy a lunch carefully paired with wine.

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests must be 21 or older, with the exception of older teenagers accompanying parents
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
May 2022

Chef's passion is South Carolina's culinary history. He shares his enthusiasm with gastronomic stories and jokes. We enjoyed our tour and recommend especially to foodies for a delicious introduction to Charleston.

April 2022

This is a MUST when visiting Charleston! The walking tour was beautiful, informative and interesting with a bit of humor thrown in. But, the food / wine portion was absolutely amazing! It honestly was the best meal everyone in my group has ever had! We’re still talking about it days after comi...

Dianne K
April 2022

As a longtime Charleston visitor, this your was by far the best experience I've had in Charleston. Chef Forrest is knowledgeable, personable, extremely talented, and devoted to local cuisine and ingredients. The walking tour was so enjoyable I didn't realize how much ground we'd covered until aft...

April 2022

We walked around the French Quarter and historic downtown for about 2 hours. Chef Forrest spoke knowledgeable about the history of Charleston, the architecture the buildings and food. We then enjoyed a 3 course lunch with wine cooked by him and Chef Josh. My husband thought the shrirmp and gri...

April 2022

The blending of history, food, and culture made for an amazing tour. To finish off with a great meal was wonderful. The food and the tour was accessible and entertaining.

April 2022

The history, food, pacing, vibe, and experience were all masterfully handled by Chef Forrest and the value for the money was absolutely there. HIGHLY recommend making this a priority stop on your Charleston vacation!

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