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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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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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A great way to get familiar with the North End.

Our guide was Beth, who was very engaging and informative. The tour was well paced and enjoyable. Well worth the time and cost.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Norwell, Massachusetts, United States

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Norwell, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide was Beth, who was very engaging and informative. The tour was well paced and enjoyable. Well worth the time and cost.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I've spent a fair amount of time in Chinatowns in New York and San Francisco -- Boston's is not nearly as big but still an interesting place to visit and this tour is a great introduction. Our tour guide Jackie was friendly, fun and interesting -- she knows a lot about Chinese culture, the history of Chinese people in Boston,... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We spent a lovely afternoon with Beth, whose knowledge of North End purveyors and Italian cooking and baking was impressive. Despite being foodies and having visited Italy a number of times, my husband and I both learned quite a bit about Italian cuisine and products. We enjoyed meeting individuals at the various stops and tasting delicious food from outstanding bread... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

When I travel I like to find food tours to get connected with the people, history, and culinary culture of a place. This tour does this. Our friendly, knowledgable guide, a pastry chef, was wonderful (sorry I can't remember her name). Like other reviewers I really enjoyed the stories, the samples of proscuitto, pizza, pastries at Maria's (a pilgrimage place... More 

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High Point, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Great way to see the real Boston. Excellent tour by someone from the area. Fresh and natural foods are the stars Guide has an easy way of explaining everything and you can tell it's her passion! Snuffy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

I came on this tour with a couple of friends and was not disappointed! I love to cook for my family and am always looking for new ideas. Our guide, Rebecca, shared lots of tips and suggestions when it came to ingredients and authentic Italian cooking. Without actually cooking anything, we learned what to use that will make our next... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Michele shares her passion and intensity for Italian cooking and ingredients in this fast paced, highly informative, walking and tasting tour through Boston's best Italian neighborhood. She seems like she knows all the shop owners on a first name basis and understands the uniqueness of their products. At the end of the tour she referred us to some of her... More 

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Walking tour of the North End, lots of stops with a variety of merchants. Learned so much about quality food.

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Salem, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Fantastic tour. Felt like I was in Europe. Learned so much about Italian ingredients. Don't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This was a wonderful North End Italian Market tour with Beth on a lovely Saturday fall morning. We enjoyed lots of good tastings while hearing about the history and neighborhood of the North End. We felt like we were touring "little Italy". Our guide, Beth, was fantastic!

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Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.