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Shakespeare's Birthday Tasting Tour, April 26, 1009

Celebrate the birthday of the world's most famous playwright in this fun-filled tasting adventure

PHILADELPHIA (April 14, 2009) - Shakespeare thought that 'Music be the food of love'. Perhaps, but it certainly won't keep your stomach from rumbling!  City Food Tours is taking a fun and light-hearted culinary look into the life and times of William Shakespeare during this special epicurean adventure in honor of his 445th birthday.  This 3-hour adventure includes lunch and tastings of a variety of Shakespeare-inspired delicacies ranging from authentic English Ales to opulent oysters. You don't have to be proficient in Elizabethan English to enjoy this unique and delicious adventure!  We'll 'set the scene' at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom Street, on Sunday, April 26 at 12:00 noon. The Shakespearean Food Experience will fulfill one of life's most important questions-to eat, or not to eat?

As Shakespeare put it, "Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used."  We'll do our best to use it well starting at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre where, on stage, guests will try Falstaff's favorite drink, Spanish sack (also called Sherry), as well as authentic mead (fermented honey), and traditional English ale.  Expect to be delighted when we're paid a visit by a drunken courtesan of Henry IV, played by Conrad Ricamora.Guests will then be introduced to the sweeter side of Shakespeare during a visit to Naked Chocolate Café to indulge in a variety of treats incorporating popular Elizabethan ingredients like hazelnuts, dates, and exotic spices.  A light lunch will also be served at Naked Chocolate Café, but don't worry it'll be modern fare, not the stuffed dormice popular in the Bard's time. The tour will then head to Downtown Cheese Shop, in the Reading Terminal Market,to taste a multitude of different cheeses, including a cheese from Romeo and Juliet's fair Verona--a cheese that's so good, even the Capulets and the Montagues agreed!  In honor of the many difficult actors the playwright had to work with, we will also sample a cheese appropriately named Prima Donna.  For the final act, 'make the world your oyster' as we visit Solefood Restaurant for an oyster tasting. 

This tour is great for individuals, families and out-of-town guests, and makes a perfect date for star-crossed lovers!  All participants must be 21 or older to attend.  Advanced reservations are required and can be made online at www.cityfoodtours.com or by calling 800-979-3370. Tickets are $55  Gift certificates for this event and other tours are available by calling 215-360-1996.

This event would not be possible without the support of the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Members of the theatre can receive a $5 discount on each ticket by entering promo code SHAKE when purchasing tickets (proof of membership required).

In addition to the Shakespearean Food Experience, City Food Tours offers the Flavors of Philly Tour, a fun Philadelphia-themed, family-friendly adventure features cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, hoagies, and other famous Philly foods.  The Flavors tour is available Wednesday-Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $39 per adult and $29 per child 12 and under. City Food Tours also offers a Center City Food Lovers Tour, an Evening Wine, Chocolate & Tea Tour and an Artisanal Beer, Cheese & Prosciutto Tasting. Visit www.cityfoodtours.com for more details.

Private events for corporate retreats, bridal showers/bachelorette parties, alumni associations and other groups can be arranged by calling 215-360-1996.

City Food Tours-Philadelphia was launched in November 2007 by longtime Center City residents and unabashed foodies, Robert Weinberg and Eric Matzke.  Throughout the year, City Food Tours is the delicious way to savor the city and offers Gourmet Tasting Encounters with some of Philadelphia's best restaurants and specialty food shops

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