New food tour offering a taste of Tryon

Published 8:00 am Saturday, June 30, 2018

TRYON — Thanks to the efforts of a new business, locals can get a chance to get a taste of the different restaurants that make up Tryon’s culinary scene.

Last month, Foothills area resident and teacher Linda Kwasniewski hosted the first food tour through her new business, Best Little Food Tours in the South, in Tryon.

Kwasniewski embraced her interest of Tryon’s history — along with everyone’s love of food — to create her new business. Her hope is to give people an experience to try new things and push themselves out of their comfort zone.

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Kwasniewski chose to start the tours in Tryon in hopes of sharing her love for the area with others.

“Tryon feels like a whole different world — it’s like a mini vacation spot,” Kwasniewski said. “There’s such an emphasis on the arts, culture, history and food, and I wanted that to be shared with others [who] may not know where to start if they were to come here on their own.”

Each tour gives participants a chance to sample dishes from several Tryon-based restaurants, including Side Street Pizza and Pasta, Lavender Bistro, A Taste of Olives and Grapes, 10 North Trade Café and Bakery, and more. The tours rotate restaurants and dishes to give returning people a variety of what Tryon has to offer.

While people are trying different foods, Kwasniewski includes pieces of Tryon’s history and culture as well.

“I try to incorporate a little bit of every part of the area,” Kwasniewski said. “We obviously have the food part covered, and I make sure to mention different famous people from the area, history of the Tryon horse and other interesting and important notes about the area’s history and art for visitors that may not know.”

As of now, the tours only take place in Tryon, but Kwasniewski is looking to expand into Hendersonville and other areas in the future.

Tours take place on Saturday afternoons.

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