Podcast Episode 96: The Business of Food Tours and the Chicago Food Scene

Food Tour Friends
By Shane Kost
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In this episode of the Find Dining podcast, we talk to Shane Kost, founder of Food Tour Pros and Chicago Food Planet Tours. We discuss Chicago-style hot dogs, deep dish pizza, and architecture.

Laura Siciliano Rosen
Laura Siciliano Rosen
  • Meet Shane at the 2014 Food and Travel Expo

  • There are approximately 400-500 food tours operating in the US

  • Food tours come in many flavors and many sizes

  • Do your homework and read reviews

  • Find Food Tour Pros graduates in Europe, Asia, and all across the US

  • Try the original Deep Dish Pizza at Pizzeria Uno or keep it local with Lou Malnati's

  • While in Chicago, try an Italian beef sandwich and never put ketchup on a Chicago style hot dog

  • Neighborhoods to visit: Gold Coast and Old Town, Lincoln Park, Bucktown and Wicker Park, Chinatown

  • The best time to visit is May-October

  • Taste of Chicago is the largest outdoor food festival in the country

  • Keep your eye on Chicago chefs Stephanie Izard and Mindy Segal

1. Food for Thought

  • Q: Where was the world's first skyscraper built and what was the building?
Join us for a food tour
Join us for a food tour

2. Out of the Frying Pan Picks

Food Tour Friends
Food Tour Friends
  • Favorite brewery: Revolution Brewing, Lagunitas or Goose Island

  • Favorite place for dessert: Hot Chocolate in Bucktown

  • Favorite places for brunch: The Bongo Room, Bakin' & Eggs, Toast

  • Favorite food truck: Antique Taco and Big Star

  • Prediction for next five years: every major city and most secondary cities will have food tours

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