Dessert First! by Madame Cocoa - Saturday 2pm-6pm
Let's face it - life is too short to skip dessert. Join Austin's chocolate expert Madame Cocoa on a walk through Central Austin's best places to catch your sugar high. Ever contemplated the differences between ice cream and gelato? Are beignets your morning indulgence or late-night snack? Would you eat Nutella on just about anything? When you select a Mexican food dish, does the chocolate in mole sway your choice? Can you really fry milk for dessert? We go WAY beyond cupcakes in this tempting tour, visiting one of the oldest candy-makers in Texas as well as food truck newcomers. Savory bites along the way help offset your sugar rush. The tour finale is one you will not soon forget, with desserts from one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country.
Dessert First! is an afternoon walking tour spanning 4-6 city blocks. Your tour of the Rosedale area begins and ends in the shopping center at 4200 North Lamar Blvd. where Taco Deli, Houndstooth Coffee, and Uchiko are located. During the tour we visit 4-6 locations with a generous sampling of:
Sweet Texas history - pecan pralines, a "divine" nougat, and chocolate-caramel candies from a 5th generation Texas confectioner.
La Bella Vita in Austin - authentic handmade gelato and sorbetto tasting while we learn the secrets of an Italian master gelato maker.
Laissez les bon temps roulez - New Orleans style beignets with a food trailer twist.
Holy Mole - a savory break exploring mother of all Mexican sauces, Mole Poblano. Taste local, award-winning, traditional mole tacos - dark, rich, complex, with just a spike of chocolate.
From Mexico to Japan in half a block - Japanese farmhouse dining through acclaimed dessert creations.
Fine Chocolate Tasting - guided dark chocolate bar tasting of American small-batch chocolate, with tips on tasting, pairing, and buying fine chocolate and confections.
Things To Bring
- Your appetite and a sweet tooth - our savory and sweet tastings are generous, so come hungry.
- Comfortable shoes - the walk is not strenuous, but we will be crossing streets and navigating sidewalks and curbs.
- Money - all food and drink tastings are included, but bring cash because you probably can't resist some other stuff.
- A camera - to take pictures of your food like we do and post them on Facebook.
- An umbrella or hat for shade while walking.
All food and drink tastings at tour locations are included in the cost of the tour.
In the tourism industry, it is typical to tip a standard gratuity of 15% to 20% of the retail price of the tour. If you enjoyed your time on the tour, please be sure to take care of our tour guides.
If a cancellation occurs within 24 hours of a tour, a $15 charge per guest will be assessed. No charge will be assessed for any cancellations in advance of 24 hours.
We will hold a tour unless there is a severe weather warning. In case of severe weather, we will give a full refund to all tour participants. Severe weather includes heavy rainfall and/or thunderstorms. We will contact all guests by noon the day before the tour if we have to cancel due to severe weather.
Saturdays 2:00 pm
Uchiko, 4200 North Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756.
Meet your tour guide on the patio, outside.
Limited Parking available.
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