At Bites of Boston Food Tours, we are passionate about all things Boston – and the fabulous food scene is no exception! For me personally, great food has always been an integral part of exceptional days and memorable vacations, and exploring different cultures through cuisine is one of my favorite parts of traveling. There’s a lot to love about Boston and being a part of this city means being surrounded by an abundance of delicious and eclectic food options every day. My love of food and local culture, and a desire to share both in the context of the urban Boston lifestyle, first inspired the creation of the first Bites of Boston food tour in 2011.
Mouth-watering food tastings provide the foundation for our tours but we firmly believe food is best enjoyed when served in the context of your local surroundings. Our neighborhood tours are carefully curated to create just that experience for our guests. By combining sweet and savory food tastings with fascinating stories, local culture, history and architecture, we have created the perfect recipe for a fun, one of a kind way to explore some of Boston’s most vibrant and tasty neighborhoods. We hope you’ll see Boston the way we do and feel more like a local at the end of your tour experience. We hope you will return to the neighborhoods on your own and feel confident navigating your way through the streets, back to your new favorite eateries and specialty shops.
We look forward to sharing our passion, knowledge, and favorite local foods with you on our tours. Join us and Stroll Boston. One Bite at a Time.™
Local Eatery: China Pearl, Chinatown
Local Dish: Tteokbokki from Coreanos, Allston
Food Quote: “A party without cake is just a meeting.”
– Julia Child
When deciding where to purse an undergraduate degree, top notch academic institutions and top notch food topped the must-haves list for Laurel and this Poughkeepsie, New York native found both in Boston! After earning an undergraduate degree in hospitality from Boston University, Laurel stayed on at BU to further focus on food and culture, earning a Masters Degree in Gastronomy this year. An avid artist and food enthusiast, Laurel paints a colorful picture of Boston’s local food scene and and vibrant culture as a guide on our South End and Allston tours.
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Local Eatery: Sofra Bakery & Cafe, Cambridge
Local Dish: Grilled Swordfish with coconut & cilantro rice, jumbo lump crab, mango & papaya salad from The Painted Burro, Somerville
Food Quote: “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” -Miles Kington
Rachel was born and raised in Hells Kitchen, NYC where she was immediately exposed to a wide range of foods but her plate did not expand much past ice cream and apples as a kid. While these are still two of her favorite foods, she has found herself immersed in food in all senses of the word since she moved to Boston. She completed an undergraduate degree in hospitality at Boston University with a minor in journalism. She went on to earn a masters in gastronomy from BU as she began to pursue a path of food writing. She has two main focuses – storytelling and lifestyle/blog writing. She loves highlighting small, local food businesses and telling her own stories surrounding food. If you’re looking for her you will likely find her on a stoop in Brookline eating a treat from Clear Flour Bread in a brown paper bag.
Local Eatery: Toscano, Back Bay
Local Dish: Crab cakes from the Warren Tavern, Charlestown
Food Quote: “People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child
Although Rebecca is a Long Island, NY native, she has lived in and eaten her way through seven states. Wherever she goes, great coffee and bakeries are a must-find. Rebecca loves to eat, cook, read about, and talk about food! She loves to combine food and travel, and her wanderings have led her to try some interesting dishes such as jellyfish, sharkfin soup, and raw horse. She continues to share her love of food as a guide on our Sweet & Savory South End tour.
Local Eatery: Sarma, Cambridge
Local Dish: Cumin Lamb Hand-pulled Noodles at Gene’s Flatbread Cafe, Financial District
Food Quote: “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Nicole grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York and has traveled the world for culinary and cultural experiences: France, Spain, Senegal, China, Thailand, Iceland, Ecuador, and counting! She studied globalization and foreign languages in college and can speak French, Spanish, and a little bit of Mandarin Chinese. When she’s not leading food tours in the South End, Nicole loves cooking, being outdoors, and going to concerts.
Local Eatery: Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Fenway
Local Dish: BBQ Seitan Sandwich at Clover Food Lab
Food Quote: “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”
– Sophia Loren
Alice has a masters degree in New Media Photojournalism, and is the creator of The Clean Food Club, an online publication about food and sustainability innovation in New England. Every week, she visits different farmers markets around Boston and creates meals using seasonal, local produce and products. She also photographs and writes stories about local farmers, entrepreneurs and community leaders who are working to improve our food system. Alice explores the possibilities of eating local, healthy, and sustainable, and is committed to supporting local and sustainable food businesses by telling their stories with photo and video.