Key Culinary Tours News

Travel to Ireland and around the world with us as we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is celebrated on March 17th,which is the day Saint Patrick died in 461, and in the early 17th century became the official Christian feast day of Saint Patrick. It is one of the most celebrated days around…

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“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” -Charles M. Schultz

Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day, Saint Valentine’s Day, or Feast of Saint Valentine is celebrated on February 14th in most countries. It is known as day of love, day of love & friendship, affection day, lovers’ day and lovers’ festival around the globe. Valentine’s Day began…

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Sarasota’s Rosemary District is alive & well and a GREAT place to explore!

Happy New Year! As the saying goes for a new year, “out with the old, in with the new” but not necessarily in the Rosemary District of Sarasota. Within the last year the Rosemary District has been coming alive with new businesses, condos, apartments, and restaurants right next to historic buildings and areas. Take a…

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS (Happy Hanukkah; Merry Christmas; Happy Kwanzaa) If your a International foodie, this blog about traditional holiday foods is for you!

Here are some traditional foods for Hanukkah: Rugalach (RUHG-uh-luhkn) cookies with a filling of fruit, nuts, poppy seed paste, or jam. Challah (KHAH-lah, HAH-lah) traditional Jewish yeast bread. Matzah Ball Soup; Brisket; Sufganiyah – a round jelly donut. Kugel – a baked pudding usually made with potatoes or noodles and can be savory or sweet….

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Our Tour Guides share their Thanksgiving favorites:

Happy Thanksgiving from the Tour Guides of Key Culinary Tours and Sarasota Suncoast Tours! Our Tour Guides share some of their Thanksgiving favorites: “I love Thanksgiving because all my favorite people are around the table with glorious food and lots of laughs.” – Susan “Thanksgiving is a time when my family and friends gather around…

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Thanksgiving Traditions

American Thanksgiving originated in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts as a harvest festival for thanks and prayers and was attended by pilgrims and Native Americans. George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving as a National holiday in 1789, but was celebrated on and off for many years. President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a Federal holiday in 1863. Over the…

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What was Overtown? What is The Rosemary District?

Sarasota’s Rosemary District In the early 1890s several African American families settled in an area that was called Overtown and today is known as The Rosemary District. The district dates back to 1885 and is located between Tenth Street to Fruitville Road (North to South) and North Tamiami Trail to Orange Street (West to East)….

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1920’s Food Delights!

As Sarasota was developing during the early 1900’s, so were some favorite foods. The most popular foods were Deviled Eggs, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Jell-O Salad Molds, Johnny Cakes (a flat cornmeal cake), Tomato Soup Cake, and Ambrosia Fruit Salad, just to name a few. Ambrosia was known as the food of the Greek Gods…

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It’s all about Owen!

  Owen Burns and the Burns Court Historic District Named by the prominent developer and builder, Owen Burns, Burns Court is located off South Pineapple Avenue.  It was constructed 1924/1925 and the winter cottages there were for wealthy northerners to escape the brutal winters.  Owen who was an…

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Legacy of Mable Ringling during the Roaring Twenties The Roaring Twenties 1920-1929 before the Great Depression in October of 1929, was a ‘roaring’ time for Mable Ringling and her husband John. In the early twenties, they brought life to Sarasota with the building of their home, the Ca’ D’Zan, Venetian dialect for the “House of…

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