Business: Savor Gettysburg Food Tours LLC. Location: Chambersburg St. and Washington St. Owner: Lori Korczyk Years in Business: 4 Number of Employees: Full Time: 1 Part Time: 2 Sector of Business in the Community: Tours and Attractions
When Lori Korczyk moved to Gettysburg from New Jersey in 2004, she started thinking about what kind of business she could bring to the table. “I wanted something that would benefit the businesses that were already here,” she said. Korczyk heard about a food tour in New York City and thought, “Here we go, this is what I need to do.” So, Korczyk got to work and mapped out potential tours, met with business owners and pitched her idea. In 2013, Savor Gettysburg Food Tours came to be. “The food tour pays so much in marketing for these establishments. It allows people to come through their doors who might not have thought to come otherwise. They sample what is offered there and then they come back,” said Korczyk. “… It’s also something different for them to do.” Gettysburg’s culinary scene has been steadily growing for years, making it into not only a historic destination, but also a foodie destination. There are many tours that go into the battlefield and historic aspects of Gettysburg, but Korczyk’s tour gives people a chance to explore the culinary excellence of the town while learning some history tidbits along the way. Gettysburg Food Tours offers five different experiences for visitors, a Historic Downtown Food Tour, a Wine, Cider and Dine Tour, a Comfort Food Tour (only offered one day of the year), a Farmer’s Market Tour and cooking class (held on select dates) and Field-to-Fork Agritourism Tour (held on select dates). No matter what tour is selected, Savor Gettysburg Food Tours provides an immersive and intimate experience with each establishment and face time with the people behind the scenes. In Gettysburg, tourism goes both ways. “[For the tourism industry] I provide a unique experience that is specifically related to Gettysburg that showcases the establishments here and what is offered,” said Korczyk. “One of the things the tourism industry provides me is entertainment. I have people from all over the world go on my tours. It’s a great people job and I get to learn more about my town. They ask questions and I get to be a provider of information.” Korczyk says no one tour is ever the same because each person brings their own dynamic. “That’s what makes it so fun,” she said. Because there are always new food trends cropping up, Korczyk says she has to stay “three steps ahead of the changes and trends.” “I try to stay at the forefront of what the consumer is looking for,” said Korczyk. Overall, providing an “amazing food experience” for visitors is the whole objective of Savor Gettysburg Food Tours, according to Korczyk. She said, “I want people to keep coming back again and again. Through our Field-To-Fork Agritourism Tour, guests have the opportunity to meet the farmers and owners on the tour and develop relationships with them. I want them to venture out further into Adams County and explore our rich agriculture that's available for all to enjoy.