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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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Wonderful experience!

Beth, our guide, did an amazing job guiding us through the North End! We learned so much about the neighborhood and Italian food. Great way to celebrate a birthday!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Beth, our guide, did an amazing job guiding us through the North End! We learned so much about the neighborhood and Italian food. Great way to celebrate a birthday!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We were only a group of 2, maybe because of the weather conditions in Boston. We had a great time with experiencing the North End and their Italian food culture. Beth was a great tour guide. She is very experienced and gave us so much valuable information. The tour took 3 hours and wasn't boring at any time. Beth also... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Our tour guide, Jim, was very friendly and knowledgeable. Our family of 4 enjoyed the tour very much. Although we had baseline knowledge of Italian cuisine, culture and the North End, we still learned a lot! Because we were in Boston after all the consecutive snow storms and it was so cold we thought we might cancel. We were so... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I have taken Michele's tour twice now, I am from Texas but lived in Boston for a year. Her tours are awesome. I highly recommend taking it both if you live in Boston and if you're not familiar with the area. I took my boyfriend on the tour who lived in the North End, and he learned about so many... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We booked this tour as a birthday present for a friend, and it was a perfect way to spend a Saturday. Our guide Jackie, was not only well versed in Chinese culture, cooking, and the neighborhood, but is also really funny. She shared personal stories that made the tour so much more than a recitation of facts. We sampled some... More 

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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I took my sister, who lives in Santa Fe, NM, on the Boston Food Tour. It was a sunny warm day in October - perfect for the 3 hour tour. Our leader was Rachel and she was very nice and full of knowledge about the history of the neighborhood and the Italian food. The actual walking is fairly minimal because... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The North End Market Tour was great-- our guide Michele was personable, entertaining and made a point to really connect with each of us. She went out of her way to make the afternoon informative and lively. It was made clear that this was not intended to be a meal, but a sampling/tasting tour-- we enjoyed a nice variety North... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I am first generation Italian, born and raised in Boston. I took Michele's tour, already having a bit of knowledge of Italian food and of Boston's North End. However, I left the tour with even more fascinating information that I never knew about Italian food and the history of the North End. Michele is very dynamic, spunky and full of... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A wonderful, informative four hour walking tour, concluding with DimSum lunch! Our tour guide Jackie was informative, entertaining and efficient. We got to visit authentic shops and markets I never would have discovered on my own. (bbq, butcher, bubble tea, herbalist, bakery, market) Jackie's passion for her "neighborhood" was obvious. Leave the strollers/little ones at home--the streets of Chinatown are... More 

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Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Pretty disappointed in the North End Little Italy tour. Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable and this review should in now way be a reflection on her; however, I concur with the other sentiments of the not so favorable reviews of this tour - VERY little food tasting and shop owners not welcoming. I would not do this tour... More 

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