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Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours

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Address: Six Charter Street, Boston, MA 02113
Phone Number: +1 617-523-6032
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Description: Join us as we celebrate our 20th year providing culinary walking tours of...
Join us as we celebrate our 20th year providing culinary walking tours of Boston's "Little Italy" North End and Chinatown. Boston Food Tours embraces Michele Topor's passion for all things culinary. Trained as a professional chef, Michele has taught cooking, catered, and consulted since 1979. Michele's cooking classes, market tours and culinary trips to Italy have been featured on the Travel Channel, TV Food Network, HGTV and CNN, as well as on the radio, and in various national and international publications. Close your eyes and imagine strolling down quaint and narrow streets while enjoying colorful sights, tantalizing aromas, and chaotic sounds as we wind our way through neighborhoods alive with colorful immigrant history and undiscovered "hidden gems". Both walking tours are like cooking classes on foot. You will learn how Mediterranean and Asian cultures prepare and enjoy their food, and how their dishes have been adapted to American kitchens. The secret of a cuisine is the high quality of ingredients, a sense of regional tradition and an understanding of the culture. In order to help you choose the best products, we visit the local merchants who stock the highest quality and most authentic ingredients, while learning how to avoid fraudulent imitations. On our tours, each stop provides a sample tasting of specific food ingredients and delicacies, often a benchmark flavor of that cuisine. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides offer cooking tips for incorporating these essential foods into your own recipes. As you become immersed in a world of ethnic flavors, you will learn the secrets of the world's healthiest cuisines. Our tours give you an insider's view of the vibrant, thriving ethnic enclaves. You will gain confidence in how to select the essential products that are both delicious and healthy. Your world and dinner will never be the same. Join us on Boston's oldest and most original culinary walking tour of "Little Italy" (North End) and Chinatown, and learn everything you must know to enjoy traditional Italian and Chinese foods in order to nourish your body in the way that nature intended.
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Gluten Free North End Tours

The tour guide, Rebecca Rielly, was very knowledgeable related to gluten free options and offered helpful suggestions. The tour was fun including yummy samples from various... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Winchester, Massachusetts

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Winchester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The tour guide, Rebecca Rielly, was very knowledgeable related to gluten free options and offered helpful suggestions. The tour was fun including yummy samples from various establishments. The history lesson was a bonus! I cannot wait to return to the North End to make purchases and enjoy gluten free pasta! I highly recommend to all. Ewe had 3 folks without... More 

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Plattsburgh, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Michele offers a knowledgable, interesting, colorful and delicious walking food tour of Little Italy.

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Marblehead, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The tour of the North End's culinary and cultural history was outstanding. We met our tour guide, Beth, promptly at 10:00 am and spent the next three hours exploring the North End through a true Italian lens. Having just been to Rome and Venice in February, I felt as though I was there all over again with Beth, only this... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This tour was one of the best things I did on my visit to Boston! Don't expect an "eating" tour. It is more of a learning tour, but you definitely get to do some fun, and delicious, tasting. Our tour guide , Jackie, was wonderful. It was so interesting to go off the beaten path (Hanover Street) to visit authentic... More 

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Austin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I have done food tours in 3 different cities and they have all been wonderful. This tour was no exception and Linda was an excellent guide. As a former chef she was very knowledgeable.

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Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I hesitate to even call this a food tasting tour because it simply is not. It was 95% history of the North End and some of the families that live there and maybe....maybe 5% tasting. I wouldn't even call it tasting...it was more like we got a few samples. I was really worried about eating a big breakfast before the... More 

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vincotto, Owner at Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We understand that other food tours will simply "restaurant hop". We find that these tours only leave you with a full stomach. The goal for our North End Market Tours is to leave each person with something more. We are very passionate on educating those who venture into the North End of its roots and... More 

Derry, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Took my 17 year-old granddaughter and her 18 year-old boyfriend on this food tour. This tour is geared towards learning the Boston North End Italian food culture & history. We all learned so much! Amazing food in these stores. We will be back to shop and dine.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and - more importantly - passionate about the subjects at hand... Italian food, wine and culture. Can't recommend this highly enough!

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

Excellent experience! Beth was our tour guide and she was extremely knowledgeable on the Italian culture, history, vendors we toured as well as the food itself. For someone who doesn't like cooking, I appreciated it all, even the recipe tips. We had a wonderful group of about 16, and we interacted with each other throughout; very nice people. It was... More 

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Excellent tour of North End markets. Learned so much about Italian dining and foods. Will be going back to buy food and visit the markets. Rebecca is very knowledgeable about gluten free food. Highly recommend this tour.

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