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Michele Topor's Boston Food Tours

Six Charter Street, Boston, MA 02113
+1 617-523-6032
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Delizioso!

The sights, sounds and tastes of Italy greeted us when we took Michele's North End culinary walking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Murraysmama
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Boston, Massachusetts
If You're Coming to Boston, or Live in Boston....

A friend who is in the Event Planning Business, advised me to try this tour as my son is a foodie... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2017
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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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“chinatown tour” (19 reviews)
“pastry shop” (14 reviews)
“italian food” (20 reviews)
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Six Charter Street, Boston, MA 02113
North End
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+1 617-523-6032

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sights, sounds and tastes of Italy greeted us when we took Michele's North End culinary walking tour.It felt like being with a trusted friend as we walked the historic streets and visited stores and landmarks. Her vast knowledge of the best producers and products,...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

A friend who is in the Event Planning Business, advised me to try this tour as my son is a foodie, and we both love the North End! Michele was outstanding in her information, knowledge and passion, and it made it a great experience. If...More

Thank jdcBoston_Ma
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Had a great time learning about the history and food of this distinctive neighborhood. Avoid tourist traps and you can drive across town and find yourself in southern Italy for dinner!

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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Michele is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her neighborhood. She helps her guests understand the nuances of flavors and tastes by bringing it down to basics. Foods should not be doctored, but enjoyed for the quality they present. We enjoyed every aspect, despite the rain...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

My husband and I participated in Boston's North End Market Tour. We spent 3 hours going through 5 wonderful shops, learning about each shop's products, and tasting several of their key ingredients or products. I would hardly recommend this tour. It is a small group...More

Thank Lorraine M
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

Expect to want to have a meal at some point shortly after your tour ends. This is not intended to fill you up, however it is an excellent learning experience. Rebecca is a true educator and has a strong background for this position. I would...More

Thank THERESA M
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

I organized a tour of 12 from my business group with Michele. It was very easy to put together. Michele provides abundant information on what the tour consists of. The price includes tax and gratuity, but she was such a great guide I tipped her...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This was one of the best local tours in Boston we have ever taken. Our guide Beth was both informative and enjoyable to spend three hours with. She took us into local purveyors that we have literally walked by many times. With her guidance, we...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Boston's North End. Michele was a passionate tour guide who gave us more of an education than we had expected. It was great to have her help us distinguish the best and most authentic places to visit. She is...More

Thank susanfishy
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

Not only did we experience the some of the back alleys of the North End that we would never have seen but Michele also gave us an education in healthy eating - Italian style. My wife and I enjoyed her passion for the authentic Italian...More

Thank Jeff N
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Lori O
21 August 2017|
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Response from vincotto | Property representative |
Thanks for asking about our GF Tours. Yes, although infrequent, we do offer a gluten-free tour. Our next GF Tours will be on Sept 30, Oct 21 and Nov 11 from 11am-2pm. You can find more information on our website.
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