If you thought you knew Seattle’s Pike Place Market, you just might get a kick out of revisiting it in a new way – with a food tour. Jan Marie Johnson opened my eyes Saturday by taking us along on one of her market tours, designed with foodies in mind, available through www.seattlebitesfoodtours.com. It’s a four-hour moveable feast that takes on a hundred years of market history while at the same time illuminating more current food trends and producers.
Whether you’re a long-time resident or a foodie visiting Seattle for the first time, her tour is the perfect way to get an insiders’ look at the food world in and around Seattle’s famous market.
Jan Marie is undoubtedly the star of this show. She flits through the market like a butterfly, setting down now at the horse ramp, now at Rachel the pig, now at the gum wall – now poking through the locked door at the Can-Can Cabaret. Everybody’s happy to see her and it makes you feel like part of the market family.
She’ll tell you which Northwest chowder was inducted into the New England chowder hall of fame and who the Codfather of the market is. The stories just keep coming the whole time, infusing you with Jan Marie’s unstoppable enthusiasm. Along the way you sample all kinds of things from coffee to crepes and sausages to samosas. Not only is it well worth the time and price of admission; by the end of the tour, you’ll feel like you’ve known Jan Marie and your tour members for ages!
I’ll let the photos speak for me. At the bottom, please be sure to see a list of all the vendors we stopped by to see and sample.
Meet you at the Market!
Restaurants and Food Vendors:
- Taste at Seattle Art Museum
- Crepe de France
- Pike Place Chowder
- I Love New York Deli
- Saffron Spice Taste of India
- Pure Food Fish Market
- Uli’s Famous Sausage
- Corner Produce
- Seattle Coffee Works
- La Buona Tavola
Many thanks to Jan Marie Johnson, Mark Johnson, Val at Morethanburnttoast, my local bloggers and three intrepid Vancouverites for a wonderful afternoon! See www.seattlebitesfoodtours.com for more info.