History buffs and foodies unite

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Easter Sunday in 2011 was more than an egg hunt, candy and church for Lori J. Durante. She had a “culinary epiphany,” and in October of the same year, Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County was born. Durante, the executive director of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History, came up with the nonprofit food tour as an addition to the bus tours she already had in Delray Beach.

Having expanded to Lake Worth and Lantana once it gained immense popularity, the culinary tours that were once offered just one Saturday a month are now three Saturdays a month. The fall seasons starts Oct. 11 and ends Dec. 27. Second Saturdays are devoted to Lake Worth and Lantana, while third and fourth Saturdays travel to Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. Tours board from the Macy’s at 801 N. Congress Ave. in Boynton Beach.

A new restaurant, Lilo’s American Café, was recently added to the tours for not only its location in Delray Beach but also because it’s local.

“Taste History celebrates the locally owned and family owned eateries on the tour, which is a place like Lilo’s,” Durante said in an email. “Many of the family restaurateurs share their personal stories, which adds to the flavor of the foods-tasted tour.”

Lindsay Lipovich, whose family owns Lilo’s, is the youngest restaurateur partner for Taste History at just 23 years old. Lilo’s offers made-from-scratch menu items that can be eaten in or taken out.

Tour participants can expect both walking components and driving components. They’ll drive to the certain city and walk to eateries for tasting and to historic areas to see buildings, art galleries and historic districts. Durante said each tour goes through about five different historic districts that are narrated by her.

Interested parties should hop on the tour buses as soon as they can because the tours are small capacity to ensure manageability and intimacy. The three- to four-hour tours are $40 per person and free for children under 18 (if accompanied by a paid adult family member). Tickets can be purchased at www.tastehistoryculinarytours.org or by calling (561) 243-2662.

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