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Carmel Food Tours

Carmel Food Tours started in 2012 becoming the first guided culinary and wine walking tour in Carmel by the Sea. We are focused on helping visitors and Carmel residents alike enjoy the best “off-the-beaten-path” food and cultural experience possible.

In addition to discovering the fantastic specialty foods available in Carmel, our guests learn the local history, architecture and cultural information that makes Carmel what it is today. We include information regarding local entertainment and restaurant offerings so that participants can expand their experiences in Carmel-by-the-Sea beyond the tour itself. We are proud to provide what guests need to return with confidence to not only the stops on our tour, but to explore the hidden passageways, other trusted restaurants, and retailers, and to experience Carmel in a way that is more rewarding than walking on the main street. It’s why we recommend taking our Carmel Food Tour at the beginning of your stay!

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Meet The Founders

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Staci’s Interior Design background focused on creating a specific experience for the user, and culinary tourism was a natural extension of that skill. With a deep-seated passion for food, wine and exploring her surroundings, Carmel Food Tours was a natural place to land. She also enjoys playing pickleball with her husband, teaching indoor cycling, and her two pups.

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With a penchant for holding purse strings tight, Dan was the obvious choice for keeping Carmel Food Tours on a firm footing. Dan built and sold a successful software company before there was internet. He’s also a 7th degree black belt in TaeKwon Do.

Meet the Tour Guides and Other Team Members

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Operations Ninja & Tour Leader

Raised on the Monterey Peninsula, Amber creates an enjoyable experience both in front of and behind the scenes at CFT, which she believes exists in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Tour Leader

Migdalia knows how special the central coast truly is — after all, she grew up here and remains a local resident today with her husband and two daughters.

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Tour Leader

Tracy spent many years in a university setting helping to translate the work of vision research scientists to the general public. Subject matter on the food tour is much more fun!

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Tour Leader

Born in a Comstock Cottage, but raised in the weirdness of Portland, Bonnie has a local’s perspective colored with real-world experience. She’ll show you exactly why she loves Carmel.


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Tour Leader

With her infectious grin and giggle, you’ll be instant friends. Veronica came for college and fell in love with the Monterey Peninsula; she’s a lifer now, and loves to share it!

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Tour Leader

A consummate host with an actor’s resume, Brian will entertain, educate, and make instant friends. He’s the life of every party, or in this case, every Food Tour. Slàinte!

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