The other day, I am walking through the lobby at work when someone asks how I am doing.
"I'm tired," I said.
"Well, that will happen when you have four jobs," was their response.
That got me to thinking over coffee the next day.
Yeah, I kind of do have four jobs.
Made me laugh, because while I do work hard and I don't sleep nearly as much as I'd like to, I am having a blast.
I mean, I get to eat my way around Savannah and Hilton Head. Yeah, I can't complain.
So what possesses us to want to do even more? There's a one word answer to that: passion.
About 15 or 16 months ago, we launched the Eat It and Like It Gourmet Foodie Tour.
Five small plates, five wine pairings, one air-conditioned tour bus and one great time around Savannah.
The tour was held once a month on Sunday nights. It allowed tourists to get a taste of some of our best restaurants, and frankly, it allowed locals to play tourist. Everyone has had a great time.
Something along the way, however, kept coming back to us. We got a good number of inquiries about the tour, but the weekend we held it wasn't necessarily a good fit for the people who wanted to join us. So, we addressed the issue.
Over the past couple of months, we've been formulating a way to make our already great tour experience better or more readily available.
That led to a conversation with Charlie Brazil at Old Town Trolleys (the orange ones) and what we came up with was something bigger and better than it has been to this point. Beginning Oct. 20, the Eat It and Like It Gourmet Foodie Tour will run weekly. Yes, every Sunday night.
In the past, the tour has stopped at places like 22 Square at Andaz Hotel, Vic's on the River, Alligator Soul, Noble Fare, The Olde Pink House, Maxwell's, Leoci's Trattoria and FORM.
Now with more dates to fill, we've expanded our reach.
The upgraded weekly tours will also feature Aqua Star at The Westin, Belford's and the Jepson CafÃ© (yes, inside the Jepson Center).
There are other stops being discussed, but nothing finalized yet.
Our goal is to expose any of our guests to some of the best Savannah has to offer.
A small plate and wine pairing in five great restaurants for one great price of $100 per person. Sure, sounds like a lot, but then think about it. When you realize that taxes, gratuity and everything else is all included, it's a great deal.
Where else are you going to get five great glasses of wine and five small plates, including a tip, for that price?
We believe it's unique, it's charming and it's a whole lot of fun. Just ask anyone who's been on with us.
The tour will evolve, like anything else, and we believe in this case, through our partnership with Old Town Trolleys, it will most certainly grow.
There are plans for special group tours, beer pairing tours and much, much more down the line. It's all part of our goal to put Savannah on the culinary map in the South, one bite at a time.
As I said, the tour gets going this Sunday, Oct. 20.
We have a few spots still available for this week that we are offering at a "celebratory" rate of $75 per person.
Space will be limited, so if you'd like to join us, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there. At my fifth job.
If not? I'll see you on TV.