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Palm Beach County’s Hidden Culinary History Is Full of “Aha” Moments

Episode Summary

Climb aboard the Taste History Culinary Bus Tour. Delray Beach native Lori J. Durante started the tour in 2011 to showcase the lesser-known history and multicultural influences of restaurants in Palm Beach County. To date, more than 10,000 people have embarked on Durant's off-the-beaten-path tours.

Episode Notes

Palm Beach County has a reputation for being swanky: high-end boutiques in Delray Beach, fancy restaurants along Worth Avenue in West Palm and the like.

But Lori J. Durante wanted to showcase a different side of Palm Beach County—one that featured history with an emphasis on the contributions of underrepresented groups.

So in 2004, Lori began conducting bus tours in her hometown of Delray Beach, highlighting the area’s multicultural influences.

“At the conclusion of the tour, the guests would often ask, “Where can we go to eat?” Lori recalls.

So in 2011, she launched Taste History Culinary Tours to showcase the lesser-known culinary histories of Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Lantana. To date, more than 10,000 people have embarked on her off-the-beaten-path excursions. Today, Lori offers an abbreviated version of the Taste History bus tour.

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