ABOUT SIDEWALK FOOD TOURS OF NEW ORLEANS

OUR STORY

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A CULINARY EXPERIENCE COMPANY

The story behind Sidewalk Food Tours of New Orleans goes back one and a half years ago. Two friends with a deep love of food, history, and the city of New Orleans found themselves constantly taking friends and family on private walking tours. One day a friend of theirs said, “You guys always give us such informative and delicious food tours. You should start a food tour company, so other people will be able to enjoy your tours as much as we do.” And the rest, as they say, is history.

Our goal is to provide exceptional walking food tours of New Orleans, so people can revisit these neighborhoods with confidence and enjoy the array of cultural options they have to offer. We’re self-proclaimed foodies. We’ve made it our mission to eat our way through New Orleans, doing a lot of delicious research (and some not so appetizing) to bring you the best food options NOLA has to offer.

There is no better way to learn about the history and culture of a neighborhood than to eat its food. The food, and the people who prepare it, tells a story about the neighborhood. Tease your taste buds and join us in either the French Quarter of the Big Easy or the old-world charm of the Lower Garden District.

We eat foods from decades-old establishments, which have stood the test of time, as well as newer places with award-winning chefs. Join us on a real foodie adventure as we eat our way through these delicious neighborhoods and uncover the off-the-beaten-path food spots of New Orleans.

Bon voyage,

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OUR TOURS

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EXPLORE NEIGHBORHOOD DELIGHTS

Sidewalk Food Tours of New Orleans boasts a food tour repertoire that includes tours of the French Quarter and the Lower Garden Distric. Not only do our guides know where to take you for the tastiest flavors, but they also have a wealth of knowledge about each neighborhood to share as you stroll.

Our tours allow you to eat like a New Orleanian and gain local insights into the blocks you walk. While we want you to enjoy all of the tasty treats, we also want you to learn some things along the way. That’s why you experience the culture, learn the history, and see the landmarks that make the French Quarter and Lower Garden District such notable locales.

Our tastings are robust and unique; oftentimes, our guests say they’ve eaten enough to cover lunch by the time their tour has concluded. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, or if you need a great gift idea for your favorite NOLA foodie, check out a Sidewalk Food Tour of New Orleans!

Make your most delicious decision yet!

MEET THE TEAM

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JOSHUA HIRSCH Owner

On a six-hour historical tour of Lower Manhattan, Joshua’s stomach began to grumble as the guide pointed out some delicious food spots. It was then that he had an “aha moment.” He decided to include his favorite food places on a history and culture walking tour, so folks wouldn’t be hungry while discovering the city!

He wanted his tours to tell the story of the neighborhood through its food and the people who prepare it. The rest, as they say, is history. Sidewalk Food Tours, a culinary experience company, was born. He has since expanded into six delectable cities. His goal is to expand to every major U.S. city you travel to, so you can experience its food and culture on a Sidewalk Food Tour.

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CHIEU PHAM Partner

We are honored to have Chieu Pham on our team. She plays an integral part in the company’s overall success. Her family bravely refuged to the U.S. from Vietnam in the 1980s. She brings years of business experience, previously working for Sprint, Principal Financial, Morgan Stanley, and Hartford. In addition to her business acumen, she is extremely passionate about feng shui, astrology, food, and culture. She loves meditation, traveling, and hiking to beautiful mountaintops. Spending quality time with her eight nieces and nephews is what brings her the most joy.

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MATT KINSEY Operations Manager

Matt Kinsey is a NY-based actor and director. He loves to binge watch Chef’s Table, pretend he can cook like a Michelin star chef, and enjoy the strangest bits of NYC’s history.

He studied acting at NYU and has since been focused on writing and directing theater. In addition to being a manager at Sidewalk Food Tours, he is also a wonderful food tour guide in New York City.

Favorite Cocktail: Old Fashioned
Favorite Bite: Pierogi at Veselka’s

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TORY WERGELIS-ISAACSON Human Resources/Marketing

Tory is a former math teacher and Philadelphia native with a passion for travel. Having lived overseas in Scotland, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates, he is always on the lookout for his next adventure- and those adventures will always involve trying new foods. His goal is to travel to and eat at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Outside of work, you can usually find him coaching baseball, endlessly scrolling through Netflix, or in pursuit of high-quality BBQ food.

Favorite Cocktail: Bourbon on the rocks

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IAN HOCH New Orleans Manager

Ian is an actor and comedian who has called New Orleans home since 2002. He’s appeared in over 50 stage productions in that time and has numerous appearances on network and cable TV, feature films and commercials. When not trodding the boards, he enjoys cycling, playing music at home and spending time in the Marigny’s great neighborhood bars and restaurants.

Cocktail Craving: dusty old scotch served with a lot of ice

Best Bite: Panang Duck Curry at Sukhothai

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ARIADNE BLAYDE Guide

Ariadne has lived in New Orleans most of her adult life and has been a tour guide for several years. Many of her waking hours are spent in the weird and wonderful French Quarter, where she gives ghost tours, history tours, and most delicious of all – food tours!

Favorite spot to grab a quick bite in the Quarter: Verti Marte

Favorite local cocktail: Ramos Gin Fizz at the Roosevelt Hotel.

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LEE GRESHAM Guide

Lee was born and raised in New Orleans and has a hard time thinking about ever moving away from the city’s food and culture. He has learned to cook from his grandmother (Creole), father (seafood), and mother (everything). Due to his love of food and his desire to help others cook, he started a seasoning business in 2017 called All You Can Spice. Lee became a food tour guide because it combined his three passions: food, performance, and history. His favorite thing about giving tours is seeing people’s first experience sampling some of New Orleans’ best dishes: chargrilled oysters, BBQ shrimp, and poboys.

Favorite cocktail: cucumber-basil gimlet

Favorite restaurant: Banana Blossom

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SARAH DURN Guide

Sarah Durn is an Irish surfer chick, Game of Thrones fangirl, a storyteller, and a wanderer currently contemplating how best to visit Scotland. In 2014, she founded the devised theatre and film company, Tandem Bicycle Productions, writing and directing shows such as site-specific roof-play called Above Us, which entered the NYC International Fringe Fest. Currently, she works with one of the premier regional theatres in New Orleans, The Nola Project. Coming from a long line of restaurateurs, Sarah has a deep appreciation for food’s ability to draw people together in secular communions. Let’s eat!