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“Feasting on Farm-to-Table: Culinary Walking Tours Through North Carolina.”

Since 2009, Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours has connected thousands of people to North Carolina’s historic cities and their best restaurants through the lens of locally-sourced food. We offer walking tours, foodie adventures, and corporate team-building and appreciation events in nine cities. Sign up for one of our weekend walking tours or contact us to book a custom event. We look forward to seeing you in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill/ Carrboro, Hillsborough, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Charlotte and Asheville!

There are no current tour guide positions available. Would you make the best tour guide ever? Apply! Email us a cover letter, resume, and three references to get the process started. We look forward to hearing from you! Please see the description below:

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours is hiring tour guides to lead walking food tours of the historic downtown areas of cities across North Carolina. Tours take place mostly on weekends. Our guides are outgoing, hospitable, and patient. They also get along with everyone, take care of others, and are resourceful. Must love cities! Apply by emailing a cover letter (required), resume, and references. If you’ve ever wanted to be a tour guide, or if this sounds like something you’d be fabulous at, please apply!



Lesley Stracks-Mullem

I’m Lesley Stracks-Mullem, owner and co-founder of Taste Carolina. My dream was to open a sandwich shop. One with a chalkboard menu, the finest meats, cheeses, locally grown produce, and fresh baked bread… if you’ve ever been to the Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, you know what I mean. Well, it hasn’t happened (yet), much to my regret, but I know where all the best sandwiches are!

My passion has always been to find the best, most off-the-beaten-path, reasonably priced, and unique restaurants in any town. I love walking into restaurants and realizing I’ve come across something special, and I love a good deal, too! I can often be found driving through small towns, commenting on their cuteness, and searching for the best sandwich, then taking friends and family there after I find it. I moved to Durham in 2006 and graduated with an MBA from UNC — Chapel Hill in 2008. There, I earned a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Barbecue.

I can be reached at Lesley@tastecarolina.net.

Tour Guides

Taste Carolina’s tour guides are as delightful as the restaurants they’ll take you to. They are welcoming hosts, have warm and charming personalties, and are full of unique information about each city’s history, architecture, and all things foodie. You’ll be in great hands! Click on the names to find out more about our tour guides and which city’s they lead tours in!

  • Cat Lunger
  • Nick Cook
  • Sam Dinner, Chief Tasting Officer
  • Neesey Greene
  • Tony Scialabba
  • Erica Lear
  • Jessica Harris
  • Nikki Miller-Ka
  • Courtney Matheson
  • Bree Peterson-Resnick
  • MaKenzie McMahon
  • Johnny Wright
  • Margaret Barnett
  • Genevieve DeLucchi
  • Kelly Nurge
  • Irene Koulianos
  • Lindy Wiens