Show 12, January 5, 2013: Linda Kissam, Food, Wine & Travel Journalist, First Vice President of International, Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association

Linda is a well-traveled, travel writer who appreciates food and wine. In 2012 she was probably on the road more days than she was home.

Linda will be part of a travel writers’ panel on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13th on the Culinary Stage at the 8th Annual Travel & Adventure Show at the Long Beach Convention Center. Discount tickets @ the Travel and Adventure Show Website if you use Promo Code – LAMEM1

Linda shared a great tip for understanding the food culture of a new place she visits. To get a feel for the food she books herself on a food walking tour of the area. (Some of these tours are also done by van depending on the geography and the distances involved.) These tours are typically conducted by locals who really care about representing their communities properly. The restaurants are delighted to welcome new guests and aim to impress.

In the L.A. area Linda recommends Melting Pot Food Tours. Linda has previously enjoyed their excursions into Old Pasadena and East Los Angeles.

The highlight of Linda’s travels last year was a foodie foraging outing and dinner in Bellingham, Washington. The group, working with a wilderness guide, worked in a nearby forest that morning to gather edible ingredients. The collection of edibles was delivered to Ciao Thyme restaurant in Bellingham. The owner/chefs there then created a superb multi-course repast from the raw ingredients. Pretty incredible…

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Melting Pot Food Tours Presents “Chef Jet Tila’s Ultimate Insiders Flavors of Thai Town Tour”

City of Los Angeles Thai Town SignMelting Pot Food Tours is proud to announce the Chef Jet Tila’s Ultimate Insiders Flavors of Thai Town Tour, hosted personally by celebrity Chef Jet Tila. This is the fourth culinary tour offered by the original Los Angeles food tours company, and the first hosted by a popular food television and national media personality. For an all-inclusive price of $99, the once-monthly Sunday food tour features authentic tastings at Chef Jet Tila’s favorite restaurants, a visit to a Thai grocery store, recipes, and unique storytelling by Thai Town’s honorary Mayor himself.

“Chef Jet Tila is exactly the type of personality that we love partnering with at Melting Pot Food Tours,” exclaims Diane Scalia, founding partner. “His passion for Los Angeles – our mutual hometown, his amazing food savvy, and his kind, genuine manner are all things that make us extremely proud to be associated with him.”

The new Thai Town tasting tour, now on the regularly scheduled Melting Pot Food Tours’ menu, was once available only privately for prominent journalists and distinguished visiting chefs, including Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain. His Emmy Award-winning “No Reservations” LA show featuring Chef Jet’s exclusive insider’s view of Thai Town, whet viewers’ appetites for the epicurean treasures found in this East Hollywood neighborhood, a true hidden LA gem.

“We’re very excited about this tour,” adds Lisa Scalia. “To have a tour of this caliber in our arsenal of options is tremendous! I love that we’ve partnered with Chef Jet to make such an opportunity available in the Los Angeles market.”

Chef Jet Tila, whose father was one of the principals in founding LA’s Thai Town, grew up working in his family’s kitchens and markets. Los Angeles has the largest Thai population outside of Thailand. This unique pocket is the only officially recognized Thai Town in all of America, and is even considered Thailand’s 77th province.

Papaya SaladThis “Ultimate Insider’s Flavors of Thai Town Tour” is purposely limited to 15 persons to ensure a cozier, more personal experience. Guests enjoy authentic Thai traditions at the table alongside Chef Jet as he serves up his favorite signature dishes, including Papaya Salad, Jade Noodles, and delicate finger desserts like Banana Coconut Fritter.

In addition to tastings and Chef Jet’s unique gourmet storytelling, the tour includes a visit to a Thai grocery store, and recipes from the tasting stops.

Chef Jet notes, “I’m so very excited to be partnering with Melting Pot Food Tours! No other team can show the flavors and sights of Thai Town like we can. With Diane & Lisa’s tour expertise and my intimate knowledge of the community, there will be no better tour of this unique locale.”

The inaugural tour is set for Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 10:30am with tours scheduled for Sunday, January 6, 2013, and Sunday, February 3, 2013. Future 2013 dates to be announced in the new year. Tickets are $99 per person and can be purchased online here or by calling the Melting Pot Food Tours office at 424-247-9666. Bookings for private groups of 10 or more for this tour will be available in 2013.

Hungry visitors to Los Angeles interested in learning more about Melting Pot Food Tours may visit us here. Private groups of 10-50 are welcome for tours, and may contact Lisa Scalia at 424.247.9666 for more details.

Melting Pot Food Tours was founded by native Angeleno sisters Lisa and Diane Scalia, who share a passionate desire to put Los Angeles on the map as a world-class epicurean destination. Their pure intention is to acquaint locals and tourists with extraordinary neighborhoods and the foods that make them so special and unique. Inspired by the rise in culinary and heritage tourism, and America’s new invitation to visit its Land of Dreams, Lisa and Diane Scalia are joyfully committed to showcasing the rich culinary diversity that is Los Angeles.

Show 4: October 27, 2012: Melting Pot Food Tours Part One

When it comes to entertaining and engaging food walking tours in Los Angeles no one does it better than Melting Pot Food Tours!

Thai Town MarketSisters and co-founders Lisa and Diane Scalia are L.A. natives and lifelong residents of Italian heritage who truly “live to eat.” Lisa, a caterer and private tour guide, and Diane, a professional chef (BarComida in Redondo Beach,) cookbook author, and food writer, together have over 25 years of combined experience in the hospitality business.

Current tours are Farmers Market – 3rd Street, Old Pasadena, and L.A. Latin Spice. It all started in 2008 with the Original Farmers Market Tour at Third & Fairfax in Los Angeles.
Melting Pot’s newest addition is Chef Jet Tila’s Flavors of Thai Town Tour. This is an incredible VIP experience all the way. When Travel Channel’s Tony Bourdain brought his “No Reservations” crew to Los Angeles he selected Chef Jet, the honorary Mayor of Thai Town, to guide him through the area. Since then visiting journalists and prominent chefs have prevailed upon Jet to escort them through Thai Town on the same trail. Now this enhanced, ultimate insider’s experience is available to a select group of savvy food tourists on a very limited basis.

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Show 4: October 27, 2012: Melting Pot Food Tours Part Two

When it comes to entertaining and engaging food walking tours in Los Angeles no one does it better than Melting Pot Food Tours!

Thai Town FoodSisters and co-founders Lisa and Diane Scalia are L.A. natives and lifelong residents of Italian heritage who truly “live to eat.” Lisa, a caterer and private tour guide, and Diane, a professional chef (BarComida in Redondo Beach,) cookbook author, and food writer, together have over 25 years of combined experience in the hospitality business.

Current tours are Farmers Market – 3rd Street, Old Pasadena, and L.A. Latin Spice. It all started in 2008 with the Original Farmers Market Tour at Third & Fairfax in Los Angeles.
Melting Pot’s newest addition is Chef Jet Tila’s Flavors of Thai Town Tour. This is an incredible VIP experience all the way. When Travel Channel’s Tony Bourdain brought his “No Reservations” crew to Los Angeles he selected Chef Jet, the honorary Mayor of Thai Town, to guide him through the area. Since then visiting journalists and prominent chefs have prevailed upon Jet to escort them through Thai Town on the same trail. Now this enhanced, ultimate insider’s experience is available to a select group of savvy food tourists on a very limited basis.

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