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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...

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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3 hours of food adventures. Glad I didn't have time for lunch before the tours. Samples at each stop!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sally S
High Point, North Carolina

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High Point, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Sointula, British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank margaretrn217
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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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

North End Food tour: I am not sure you can call this a food tour. You get to listen about food, look at food, but hardly taste anything. If you have just moved to Boston and needed to know where to do your shopping this tour would be perfect for you - you get taken to the local grocery stores... More 

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

I'm sorry that you did not read the description of the tour before registering. We do not visit restaurants, as we feel that you can do that on your own. Instead, we share information about Italian food products and the Italian food culture diet. We do taste many Italian food ingredients on the tour, so that you can understand benchmark... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

If you want to be entertained, educated, try some delicious foods...then this tour is a MUST. You will leave with a wealth of knowledge about the North End and how to eat better. Even in the rain we had a fabulous 3 hours.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Michelle gave us a meaningful, in depth insiders tour of Boston's North End. The three hour tour is not to be missed with multi dimensional highlights including well researched and experiential insights into history, Italian food traditions and nuances leading to personal health. We gained a new understanding of a legendary place. .

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Canandaigua, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This was a fun 2 hours in Boston. I do wish the tour guides would wear some kind of a mic. With all the city traffic, we missed most of the talk when we were outside. The guide just couldn't project her voice. We were disappointed not to get in all the businesses promised as they were too busy. Perhaps... More 

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