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: The Abbey, Brookline
Local Dish: Egg in a Hole at Tatte
Food Quote: “I will go on my winged horse and bring you cinnamon and thyme, emeralds, and clove, cloth of gold and cabbages.” “And Rhubarb.”
– From We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Hannah grew up in Maryland and New Mexico. She comes from a history and art history/museum background, and is now currently enrolled at Boston University in their Gastronomy Graduate program, working on her masters in food studies with a focus on the history and culture of food. Hannah also has an ice cream concept called A Sweet History where she creates historically-inspired ice cream flavors.
Local Eatery: Yvonne’s, Downtown Crossing
Local Dish: Campechana torta from Tenoch
Food Quote: “You learn a lot about a person when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain
Erika grew up in the restaurants where her mother worked in and around New Haven, CT. Her multicultural background instilled in her a passion for good food at an early age and that turned into a love for sharing food experiences with others. Initially coming to Boston for school at Northeastern University, she fell in love with the city’s vibrant food scene and now lives in Southie with her dog, Bailey, and husband, Mike. While technically a software project manager by day, Erika prefers to spend her free time eating, blogging about food, and giving food tours!
Local Eatery: Dali, Somerville
Local Dish: Rice and beans from the Neighborhood Restaurant
Food Quote: “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti
Maggie grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and enjoys trying all the food the world has to offer, whether it be in Boston or abroad. She loves to research new ingredients and recipes and try them out at home, as well as discover delicious new restaurants in the city. Currently also working at one of the Boston area’s many craft breweries, Aeronaut Brewing in Somerville, she can often be found expounding on beer styles when not recounting culinary fun facts. A keen interest in history, especially regarding local foods, keeps her eager to share Boston’s edible history with locals and tourists alike.
Local Eatery: Glenville Stops, Allston
Local Dish: Curry Muscles at Matt Murphy’s
Food Quote: “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” – Sophia Loren
Amanda grew up with a big family in New York eating all of the Italian food she could get her hands on. She moved to Boston to study at Simmons College, where she took advantage of every opportunity to try new eateries and cuisines. Eight years later, Amanda now considers Boston home. Amanda is currently in law school at Northeastern University, and when her head is out of the books she can be found eating, cooking, and talking about food.
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Local Eatery: The Painted Burro, Somerville
Local Dish: Biscuits & Honey Butter from Sweet Cheeks
Food Quote: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
– Virginia Woolf
Hannah spent her childhood in Pittsburgh and teenage & college years in Wisconsin (yay cheeseheads!) studying journalism before coming to Boston nearly four years ago. Growing up, she loved cooking with her Dad and that passion for food hasn’t dwindled. She’s managed social media for an artisan cheese company, led marketing efforts at a tech start-up out of MIT that focused on minimizing food waste from food manufacturers, wholesale distributors & meal kit companies and now works as an editor at BostonChefs.com covering Boston’s restaurant and dining scene. When she’s not checking out newly opened spots or exploring local bakeries & coffeeshops, you can find her trying new recipes in the kitchen.