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Sichuan Dinner & tour of Chinatown Mall 12/5/12 - Atlanta Culinary Tours
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM (EST)
Join us for Sichuan Dinner and tour of Chinatown: Beyond MáLà!
This tour is the first Wednesday of each month, 7pm at Chinatown Mall.
All Sichuan food is spicy, right? Think again.
Far too often, diners are painted a monochromatic view of Sichuan food. For many, the big draw is málà (麻辣), the numbing and spicy sensation created by a combination of Sichuan peppercorns and chilis. But the food of this region is not always spicy. In fact, spicy dishes, and even hot chilies themselves, are a relatively recent addition to the Sichuan cuisine (within the past 200 years - just yesterday on China's timeline).
Sichuan is the 5th largest province in China and it's cuisine is just as vast. Hot, sour, pungent, salty and sweet flavours are used in combination with myriad textures created by unique methods of cutting and cooking. Fire, and lots of it, is a critical factor in Sichuan cooking.
With the help of our friends at Chong Qing Hot Pot, we'll be exploring just some of the range of flavors that Sichuan has to offer (including málà). We'll show and taste some of the ingredients that go into making Sichuan dishes unique. And we will eat - a family style dinner (the only way Chinese should be eaten) featuring no less than 10 dishes! After dinner, World Journal Bookstore will host us for dessert and tea in their new Ni Hao Teahouse.
About the Chinatown Food Court
Chong Qing Hot Pot is located in the Food Court at Atlanta's Chinatown. Contrary to what you may expect of a food court in an American mall, the Chinatown food court is more reflective of what you will find throughout cities in Asia - an immersive experience full of the sounds of vendors cutting roast duck and calling out orders, the flash of fire from woks, friends enjoying a game of xiangqi or mahjong... a gathering place where you can pick and choose your favorite dishes from a variety of vendors (Fast - yes. "Fast food" - not at all.).
This tour is the first Wednesday of each month, 7pm, at Chinatown Mall. It lasts just over 2 hours and involves very little walking.
Frequently Asked Questions
How large are the tour groups?
The number of people varies, but most groups will be limited to no more than 16. This keeps the tour manageable for the guide and the restaurants, plus guests get a more personal tour.
What should I wear?
These are walking tours, so wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Check the weather on the day of your tour and dress appropriately – we conduct tours hot, cold, rain or shine. Don’t forget sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, coats, scarves or umbrellas depending on the weather. We will only cancel or reschedule if weather conditions are dangerous - we’ll contact you by email if this occurs.
Is this a progressive meal?
Not exactly. The restaurants choose what they will serve, based on what best shows off their menu and what’s the best available that day. It doesn’t necessarily follow that you’ll start with appetizers and end with dessert.
Can I bring my camera?
Sure! There are lots of opportunities to take pictures during the tours.
May I bring my dog?
Sorry, no pets. We’re visiting restaurants, and pets aren’t allowed unless they are service animals.
Should I bring my kids?
Probably no. You’ll have to make that call, based on your child’s age/maturity, but most of our tours are not set up for children. The samplings at some of the restaurants may feature alcohol or may not suit the palate of children that are “particular.” If you’re not sure, then don’t.
How much food will we be eating?
Word to the wise: Come Hungry! There are enough tastings that most people will not need a meal afterwards. If you’re still hungry once the tour is over, feel free to go back to your favorite stop for more!
I have allergies!
We’re not doctors, but if you have allergies or sensitivities to any foods or items used in food production, it’s safe to assume that absolutely everything served on this tour is/contains/was made in a kitchen with an allergen of some sort. We encourage you to use the same discretion that has enabled you to live a full and healthy life to this point!
What if I’m Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten Free/picky eater?
No tour is for everyone. If you have limited food choices, this is probably not the place for you. The restaurants choose what they will serve. This allows them to show off the best of their menu and the freshest ingredients of the day. While I can tell you what’s been offered in the past, I can’t guarantee what will be served on any particular tour and I won’t ask the restaurants to prepare special items just for you. In general: there’s almost never shellfish on the tour. If alcohol offends you, don’t go on the Decatur tour, but you may be comfortable at Sweet Auburn Curb Market. If you don’t eat pork, you won’t be a happy camper on any tour. Our logo is a pig and well prepared pork belly is the food of the gods. ‘Nuff said.
Will there be alcohol?
Maybe. There is no alcohol served at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, but other tours may have alcoholic beverages offered at some of the restaurants. Again, it’s at the discression of the restaurants.
Should I bring cash?
Our tours are all inclusive, but it’s a good idea to have some extra cash on hand for souvenirs, gifts, an extra dessert to bring home etc. You may also choose to purchase an adult beverage at some stops (not Sweet Auburn Curb Market, which has no alcohol).
When should I arrive for the tour?
It’s very important that you arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. We start on time. If you’re running late, your confirmation will have a contact number to call. Remember that Atlanta traffic is always bad, even on weekends. Allow extra time for traffic and parking.
Should I tip my tour guide?
In the tourism industry, it is customary to tip your guide. For Private events, a gratuity will be added to your total cost.
I need to cancel/reschedule.
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