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A group gathers for a photo at Elephante Beach House during the Lip Smacking Foodie Tour.
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AWARD-WINNING LIP SMACKING FOODIE TOURS EXPANDS GROUP
OFFERINGS TO SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
Expansion Marks Third Location for Lip Smacking Foodie Tours
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA (June 2019) – Lip Smacking Foodie Tours expands its award-winning group culinary experience to coastal Santa Monica, California offering a new tour designed specifically for private and corporate groups. Each Lip Smacking Foodie Tour escorts groups to up to four restaurants, with each restaurant presenting an array of its most distinctive dishes to all guests. Cocktail packages enable guests to indulge in signature cocktails at each stop along the way. The Santa Monica experience is designed for groups from 15-70 participants.
The Santa Monica expansion will be the innovative tour operator’s second cultivated group experience launch beyond Las Vegas, where it has risen to rank among the destination’s top tour companies in just four years and maintains a 5.0-rating on TripAdvisor.
“We selected Santa Monica as our next destination owing to its collection of upscale restaurants paired with trendy retail, culture and up-and-coming entertainment—all of which make it a perfect spot for Lip Smacking Foodie Tours to explore,” explained Donald Contursi, founder and president, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours. “Our experiences are so much more than VIP-style access to the area’s best restaurants; they’re unforgettable culinary experiences that provide eye-opening insights along with extraordinary hospitality. Be sure to keep an eye out for new Lip Smacking Foodie Tour locations across the U.S.”
The charming seaside town is located west of downtown Los Angeles and continues to emerge as an international culinary destination with all of the culture, events and urban amenities of a bustling metropolis. The city is also home to some of the most under-discovered restaurants in addition to its many celebrity chefs and a new generation of culinary innovators who continue to invigorate the city’s dining scene.
Santa Monica Beach is fringed by Palisades Park featuring many restaurants with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. These restaurants’ dedication to sustainable, organic ingredients is central to their appeal often featuring hand-selected produce from the popular open-air Santa Monica Farmer’s Market which overflows with colorful bounties from the city’s surrounding agriculture.
The Santa Monica Lip Smacking Foodie Tour visits four different venues in one fun-filled outing that includes personalized service without the hassle of making reservations. Stops include:
• The Bungalow Santa Monica – The Bungalow evokes a breezy, beachside Baja lifestyle and that feels more like a home than a bar. Its laid-back vibe, outdoor patio, fire pit and lush foliage drives locals to this spot.
• Elephante Beach House – The latest venture from seasoned designer and restaurateur Nicholas Mathers aims to transport guests from Los Angeles to the Southern Mediterranean all while staying in the heart of Santa Monica. The menu comprises light coastal Italian fare and the three bars on the property offer a variety of fun, approachable cocktails inspired by the flavors of Italy as well as an extensive wine list.
• Meat On Ocean – This surf and turf steakhouse serves a carnivore’s delight of charcuterie, chops and seafood on a rich, elegant outdoor patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
• Herringbone – Located on Ocean Avenue, Herringbone anchors a contemporary atmosphere of easy California beach living signature to Santa Monica. Guests can be seen sipping endless rosé and enjoying coastal cuisine under the garden-chic living wall.
The Santa Monica tour is designed for private groups of locals and visitors, as well as corporate team-building groups. To book a private group or for more information, visit www.lipsmackingfoodietours.com or email Info@LipSmackingFoodieTours.com.
ABOUT LIP SMACKING FOODIE TOURS
In just a short time, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has grown into the premier culinary walking tour in Las Vegas, garnering not only loyal fans but also outstanding accolades. Its variety of experiences offers guests personalized service and VIP access to the best tables in the house at the city’s most acclaimed restaurants – all without standing in line or the hassle of making reservations. Each tour includes an expert guide who entertains guests with insider knowledge about the sights along the way. At each of four restaurant stops on The Strip or downtown, guests indulge in signature dishes, as well as receive a warm welcome from the chefs. Guests can sit beside different patrons at every stop, gaining new friends and networking connections. The tours are perfect for everyone from locals to tourists to business travelers, including corporate groups of up to 250. In 2019, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours expanded for the first time outside of Vegas to include upscale Santana Row in San Jose, located in the heart of California’s dynamic Silicon Valley.
Recent honors include: “Best Tour”, “Best Food Tour”, and “Best Date Night Spot” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2018; “Best Food/Beverage Tour Operations (Land)” by The World Food Travel Association 2018; “Best Tour,” “Best Fine Dining,” and “Best Brunch” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2017; “Best Tour” by Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2016; “Best Tour” by INVEGAS Magazine in 2015 and 2016; and “Best New Tour” by Thrillist in 2015. It has also earned inclusion in TripAdvisor’s “Top 3” tours in Las Vegas and ranked as the No. 1 tour on Yelp.
Additionally, Lip Smacking Foodie Tours has been given the honored distinction of “preferred partner member’’ of Virtuoso, the invitation-only member network catering to luxury travel advisors. That designation means that no other company offering similar experiences can become a member of this leading international travel agency network specializing in opulent experiential travel. For more information, visit lipsmackingfoodietours.com.
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