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Bike & Bites: Round Two

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Just when you thought it had all been done, Chef Paul Turano of Tryst Restaurant North of Boston in Arlington, MA has partnered with Quad Cycles, Verrill Farm and Walden Pond for another unique culinary experience. On Sunday, October 21st, 2012, those with a passion for food and adventure will experience the flavors of fall on Tryst’s Second Annual Culinary Bike Tour!

This one-day excursion will highlight the best of local flavors as riders embark on a 35-mile bike ride, making stops at some of the best local food & wine purveyors including Verrill Farms in Concord, MA, historical Walden Pond in Concord, MA and finally Tryst in Arlington, MA.

“I wanted to do something that was out-of-the-box and really highlighted the fall season. Everyone does squash soups and seasonal specials… I wanted to do something where diners got to experience it all-- from the weather, to the farm that the food comes from, to a local historical site that accentuates the region,” said Chef Paul Turano. “Dining should be an experience- and this is the ultimate New England experience.”

The tour starts at 11:00 AM when the group meets at Quad Cycles, the area’s premier bicycle shop located on Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA. A Quad Cycles Ambassador will lead the group to their first stop, the scenic Verrill Farm in Concord, MA, for a traditional country experience. There, the group will enjoy two fall favorites: a hayride tour of the 100 acre farmland followed by cider and a slice of homemade apple pie. Riders will then head to Walden Pond in Concord, MA, where they can attend a semi-guided tour of the historical site featuring the former home of Henry David Thoreau and a breath-taking 335 acres of wildlife and trails. Finally the group will head back to Arlington where they can reap the benefits of their hard work during a two course dinner at Tryst Restaurant.

This all-inclusive, 35-mile culinary bike tour is $40 per person and includes tours of Verrill Farm and Walden Pond, and dinner at Tryst (please note: alcohol and gratuity are not included at dinner). Guests are encouraged to bring their own bicycles and equipment. Bike equipment and rentals from Quad Bicycle are an additional $17 per person.
                            
WHEN:Sunday, October 21st, 2012 from 11:00AM to approximately 6:00PM.
                        
WHERE:The tour will consist of 4 stops: Quad Cycles in Arlington, MA, Verrill Farm in Concord, MA, Walden Pond in Concord, MA and Tryst Restaurant in Arlington, MA.

SCHEDULE:
   
11:00AM- Group meets at Quad Cycles located at 1043 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA for bike fittings and review of itinerary

11:45AM- Group departs Quad Cycles and rides to Verrill Farm

11:45AM-15 mile ride to Verrill Farm in Concord, MA
                       
1:00AM- 2:00PM: First stop at Verrill Farm in Concord, MA for hayride tour of farm & small bite to eat

2:00PM- 5 mile ride to Walden Pond in Concord, MA

2:20PM- 3:30PM: Second stop at Walden Pond in Concord, MA for semi-guided tour

3:30PM-5:00PM: 15 mile ride back to Quad Cycles in Arlington, MA                   

5:00PM: Group drops bikes off at Quad Cycles in Arlington, MA

5:00PM to 9:00PM: Group dines at Tryst in Arlington, MA. Time may vary depending on rider’s preference.           

COST:$40 per person. Cost includes tour and dessert at Verrill Farm, a historical experience at Walden Pond and dinner at Tryst. Additional $17 per person for bike and equipment rental from Quad Cycles.                          

RSVP:RSVP is mandatory and can be made by purchasing tickets here: www.culinarybiketour.eventbrite.com  
 
ADDITIONAL:All guests, whether renting or not, are required to wear a helmet. Without a helmet, guests will not be permitted to ride. Helmets will not  be available to rent without bicycle rental at Quad Cycles.

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