Friday, October 23, 2009

Taste Port Douglas new dining experience

Wine flights and matching tasting plates have landed in Port Douglas' award winning restaurants.

A new venture, Taste Port Douglas,  has created a range of exceptional progressive dining tours designed to please the ultimate culinary groupie.

Local chefs are promising to tantalize your taste buds by producing amazing flavours from around the region and indeed around the world while showcasing their ability to turn food into an art piece.

Taste Port Douglas will take your palate on a tour through the vineyards of Australia with a new concept in wine tasting:   Wine Flights.   Guests will be indulged with several wines that are matched perfectly with each venue's tasting plate.

Taste Port Douglas progressive culinary tours begin at the iconic Courthouse Hotel upstairs in the Sunset Lounge where guests receive a welcome drink and meet their guide for the evening ahead.

Then, a guided stroll to three different, award winning Port Douglas restaurants, each eager to show off their best food and wine.

Taste Port Douglas progressive dinner tours are available Wednesday through to Sunday and lunch is available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  All tours have been arranged so guests can easily walk to all three restaurants. The business is owned and operated by Port Douglas entrepreneurs Monique Leman and Corrine Durie, who identified a niche for 'organised gourmet grazing'.

Strolling between the restaurants, the ladies tell guests tales of Port's heritage and a rolling history of the eateries to be visited (along with just enough local gossip to pique your appetite!)  Both Corrine and Monique are highly experienced hosts, with backgrounds in organising conferences and events, and even operating their own restaurants.

"Our new venture is all about making friends and enjoying great food," says Corrine Durie.

Progressive tours are priced at Lunch from $89 pp.,  dinner from $149 pp.  Prices include meals, wine flights, plus breads, coffee and tea.  Luxury vehicle return transfers from Port resorts to the Courthouse Hotel can be arranged for an extra $40 per person. 

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Specials include:
Taste of Sea, Sailing & Land from $169  (includes an evening sail on Sailaway IV before dinner)
Taste of Indulgence from $350 (includes transfers, luncheon and spa treatment at Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa).

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