After living in Seattle, Alyssa Daigle decided to move back to the place she calls home, Boston, and start a food touring company, focusing on the South End neighbourhood of Boston.
“I started Bites of Boston Food Tours in October 2011. I loved the whole concept of this type of tour and knew the South End would be a great place to showcase in this manner with its eclectic mix of foods and culture. A food tour combines the elements of touring and eating for a truly unique and filling experience. Our tour is a walking tour, so you have the chance to move about on foot, which, in our opinion is the best way to explore an area. The tours combine the opportunity to stroll through the neighborhood streets experiencing the local culture, see sights of historical, architectural and cultural interest, sample foods from local restaurants, cafes and specialty food markets and savor a one of a kind activity perfect for locals and visitors alike.”
Alyssa hopes to expand to other Boston neighbourhoods in the future but right now her main focus is food tours in the South End and it looks like she's got it down to a T. “Our tour takes place in a very diverse neighbourhood from both a culinary and cultural standpoint. As such, we have access to a diverse selection of ethnic foods. The neighborhood is a very hot culinary destination right now and many popular local chefs have opened new eateries with fun concepts. On our tour, you sample a range of foods from chef-inspired sandwiches, Venezuelan appetizers, authentic New England fried clams, local artisan cheeses and more. We visit eateries that have been in the South End from 6 to 106 years! Our tour currently runs for 3 hours from start to finish and covers just over a mile of walking. It's a fun, flavorful and fulfilling on foot adventure for those who enjoy walking, exploring and eating!”
The South End is a gorgeous neighborhood that has been through its share of ups and downs over the years since it was first constructed in the 1850s. “Our guests love seeing the beautiful brick bow front homes and learning about the history and modern culture of the neighborhood as much as they enjoy sampling the local fare! The South End has a colorful past and a vibrant present and also happens to be the largest intact Victorian row house community in the United States (listed on the National Register of historic places). Our aim is to give our guests a taste, both literally and figuratively of Boston's South End.” Food tours are a great way to explore what are often less travelled and less touristy areas of a city in the company of an expert local guide. In addition, a food tour enables you to sample local cuisine from a number of restaurants in a short period of time. When taken at the beginning of your visit to a city, food tours are a great way to not only explore local food and culture, but also to gain an introduction to a number of eateries you may want to visit for a meal later during your stay.”
Bites of Boston offers tours between April and November. They do have gift certificates available and you know what they say, experiences make great gifts!
by Fjóla Helgadóttir
Photos: Courtesy of Bites of Boston