Dine-In at Atlanta’s Restaurants From Home With Virtual ‘Food Box Tour’

Food tour offers five 'hearty samples' from three Atlanta restaurants paired with chef videos, recipes.
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Unexpected Atlanta Tours & Stories is making an unexpected pivot to virtual tours with the launch of ATL Food Tour Box.

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The new service, “the first of its kind in the nation, which brings the fun of a food tour to the home,” is Unexpected Atlanta Tours’ answer to surviving the recently-inked 14-day “stay at home” Executive Order that goes into effect as of midnight on Tuesday, March 24—the City’s latest response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the mandate, restaurants are classified as “essential” and can remain open for takeout and delivery, including the sale of alcohol to-go.

“I’ve always wished I could taste the foods being prepared on my favorite cooking shows,” Akila McConnell, Unexpected Atlanta’s owner, said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

“We can do that with this Food Tour Box by creating a delicious and immersive experience that people can experience at home. Ultimately, at a time when there is so much fear, we want the ATL Food Tour Box to promote hope; the story we tell in the ATL Food Tour Box is one of resilience, the resilience of the Municipal Market and vendors who operate within it today.

The ATL Food Tour Box combines five “hearty tastes” from three local food entrepreneurs with 45 minutes of chef videos and Atlanta local history videos, and an easy historic cooking demonstration, plus no-contact delivery to in-town Atlantans.

In addition to supporting five local small businesses, including three female minority-owned businesses, the ATL Food Tour Box donates a portion of its proceeds to Giving Kitchen which has partnered with Staplehouse to become a soup kitchen for the foodservice industry.

The ATL Food Tour Box includes two Panbury’s double-crust pies, Just Add Honey’s Georgia Peaches blended tea with sachet, a one-pound bag of Logan Turnpike Mill cornmeal, two Miss D’s 1.5 ounces pralines, one bucket of Miss D’s triple popcorn, a pastry brush, a recipe card for hoecakes, and a link to 45 minutes of chef videos and history videos, including the interactive recipe demo.

The ATL Food Tour Box is priced at $69.99 for two people and can be booked by clicking here.


[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]

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