Gray Line of Seattle's New Culinary Tours Showcase Seattle's Top Restaurants

    SEATTLE, Dec. 5 /CNW/ -- From June through September 2008, visitors to
the emerald city may experience the diversity of the region's local cuisine on
a culinary tour with a premier chef from a top Seattle restaurant. Gray Line
of Seattle has organized eight different culinary tours, including popular
restaurants Crush and El Gaucho.
    "People are looking for personal, interactive experiences during their
vacations," said Judy Sprute, Gray Line of Seattle's director of sales. "We
expect these tours to sell out quickly because they offer a very intimate
experience with chefs at well-known Seattle restaurants. It's a unique way to
experience the city."
    The Chef will greet participants at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and
accompany them on a deluxe touring coach to their chosen market, which could
be the Pike Place Market, a neighborhood farmer's market or local grocery.
After shopping for the day's ingredients, it's off to the restaurant for a
lively cooking demonstration. The Chef will lead participants through the
steps of creating a dish while offering cooking tips and tricks of the trade
-- and explaining how to translate it to meals at home. To conclude, the chef
will dish up his or her specialty for everyone to enjoy.
    Chef Jason Wilson of Crush, named best new chef of 2006 by Food & Wine
Magazine, will lead a total of six culinary tours starring his award-winning
modern Northwest cuisine. Fourteen more tours are offered at seven other
notable Seattle restaurants. Seafood lovers will enjoy the tour to Waterfront
Grill, Chandlers Crabhouse and Palisades, while steak aficionados will
appreciate El Gaucho and Daniel's Broiler.  Sky City dazzles with the
revolving view -- a Seattle classic -- along with Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Troiani specializes in steaks and seafood with flavors from Italy's Veneto
    "This is the first year we are offering these culinary tours," said
Sprute. "We've carefully chosen the participating restaurants to offer guests
both a quality experience and a variety of cuisine."

    Participating restaurants and tour dates:
    Crush: June 28, 29; July 13, 27; August 24, 31
    Sky City at the Space Needle: July 5; August 16
    Chandlers Crabhouse on Lake Union: July 6
    Daniel's Broiler at Lake Union: July 12
    El Gaucho: July 19, 20; August 2, 17
    Troiani Ristorante Italiano: July 26; August 9
    Waterfront Grill: August 3, 10
    Palisades: August 23, 30
    Tours are $99.95 per person and depart from the Gray Line desk in the
lobby of the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, located at 6th and Pike.  Tours begin at
1:00pm and last about four hours. To book a tour, call 1-800-426-7532, or
    About Gray Line of Seattle
    For more than 90 years, Gray Line of Seattle has been the area's premier
full-service tour operator specializing in Pacific Northwest vacation
packages, customized sightseeing and package tours, charter services, and
airport shuttles to hotels and cruise ships. A division of Holland America
Line, Inc., Gray Line of Seattle operates the largest fleet of luxury motor
coaches in the Pacific Northwest. Information: 800/426-7505 or
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:   CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 13 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to
more than 320 ports.  Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents,
including Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia and Grand
World Voyages; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico,
Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. For more information, consult a
travel agent, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL (877-724-5425) or visit

    Sarah Scoltock / Rose Abello

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