No Taste Like Home

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We are a twenty-year old, Asheville-based, internationally-known tour company and educational organization. We have a wildly different approach to culinary travel and unforgettable events. We take courageous consumers out to eat — outside. that is. We offer:

Our signature experience involves both lookin’ and cookin’.  Expert guides lead go-getters on a woodland shopping spree, gathering wild mushrooms, plants, and other “extreme cuisine.”

After our wild gooseberry chase, it’s finders, eaters as we cook up a sampling of our catch of the day. Then it’s Survivor meets Iron Chef as your group — or one of our six partner restaurants — transforms the rest of your quarry into find dining. Wild mushroom pizza, daylily tamales, sassafras root beer, wisteria ice cream… it all depends on what we find.

This is the only year-round, u-pick, forage-to-table experience in North America. The same goes for our forage-to-bar offering. And what better way to get a true taste of a place, to really “take in the landscape?”

We are based in Asheville, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Appalachia. Asheville is an acclaimed destination. With over 300 wild edibles, this area is the richest temperate ecosystem on Earth.

purple LaccariaOur tours, available daily, are suitable for all ages and ability levels. Intro e-book, all equipment, and photos of the day are included. We have packages with a variety of Asheville accommodations including Aloft Hotel. We also have group offerings at Old Edwards InnThe Greenbrier, and elsewhere by arrangement. Group prices vary with the program and the size of the group. No one is turned away for lack of funds, and proceeds fund our youth program.

Our tours have been ranked one of ten best gift experiences by Southern Living and one of Fodor’s best food experiences in the world. We have been featured on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and in USA TodayTravel+LeisureConde Nast TravelerThe Washington PostThe New Yorker, and dozens of other major media outlets.

chlorociboria aeruginascensOur group offerings have been featured in Successful MeetingsMeetings Today, Meetings & Conventions, The Meeting Professional, CollaborateCorporate & Incentive TravelGoing on Faith, LodgingHotelier International, and more. 

We have taught “self-catering” to Dr. Andrew Weil (twice on the cover of Time),  Christie Hefner (former CEO of Playboy), the owner of The Biltmore Estate, VPs of Shell, Amoco, Aon, Motorola, Cracker Barrel, and The American Heart Association, the PR team for Michelin North America, the General Counsel for the Army, the head of The American Bar Association, a number of James Beard chefs, and the founder of Mother Earth News.

We have a variety of videos, slide shows, and high-res images available. For more information, contact us.

An incredible immersive experience that puts you in touch with nature in a meaningful way — foraging for dinner. Our guide was knowledgeable, engaging, passionate, and caring. It was a truly authentic experience.

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