Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours, a local business that organizes culinary tours in different cities around North Carolina, is hosting a Carrboro tasting and market tour this Saturday. Staff writer Krupa Kaneria spoke with Taste Carolina owner Lesley Stracks-Mullem about the upcoming event.
The Daily Tar Heel: What is Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours?
Lesley Stracks-Mullem: We offer food tours in nine different cities around North Carolina. The tours are all walking tours of the downtown historic areas for the most part. They are guided tours, so we talk about the history of the city, architecture and everything that is happening in the culinary scene. Each tour visits a number of different restaurants, usually five or six different restaurants during the three-hour tour. The food is being prepared as we walk in and the chef comes out to talk about what he or she has prepared. We are in and out of each place in about 20 minutes and then we walk to the next place. We do these tours almost every weekend year-round in all of our cities.
DTH: How long have you been in business and how did you get started?
LSM: We are currently in our ninth year of business. I was getting my MBA at UNC. I was at Kenan-Flagler finishing up as the recession was starting in 2008, and I was looking for a job locally and not having much luck with that. I had this idea and decided to go for it. Our first tours were in Durham and Chapel Hill, and then we had Raleigh up and running soon afterwards. I had had some relatives come and visit for a short period of time, and I wanted them to eat as much as possible in the time that they were here. I planned food tours for them and started thinking that maybe there was a market for something like this.