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.™
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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: 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.
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: Barcelona, South End
Local Dish: Shakshuka from Tatte Bakery & Cafe, Boston, Cambridge
Food Quote: “Food brings People together on many different levels. It’s the nourishment of the soul and body. It’s truly lovely.” – Giada De Laurentiis
Growing up in Denver, Colorado, Katie fell in love with Boston after visiting a friend who went to college in the city. Now living in the Boston area for 17 years, the history, architecture and culture – and of course the food – are still the things that attract her to this incredible city. After enjoying the the Sweet & Savory South End Tour so much as a tour guest, she decided she wanted to be a part of the fun and joined the Bites of Boston team as a tour guide! Katie is a First Grade teacher, and also enjoys spending the summer and weekends sharing all the things she loves about the South End with guests as a guide. Katie is a big fan of local food and loves to find fun, new restaurants to enjoy!