ABOUT THE TASTING TEAM...
We are proud to be a locally-owned business, operated by an amazing team of culinary professionals and food scene advocates. We are comprised of chefs, former restaurant and bar management, food service professionals, event planners and local foodie 'champions' - in every city we operate. Our Tasting Team is passionate about the local food scene and are ready to show you their favorite places to eat. drink. experience! For media or press inquires, please contact us here.
MEET THE CHIEF TASTING OFFICERS...
JoAnna Engel, CFO
Hometown: Lake City, FL
Favorite dish: Anything Mexican with a fresh made margarita
Favorite drink: Appletini or ice cold beer on a hot Florida day
Favorite hang out: Tini Martini Bar, The Amp and Music by the Sea concerts
In my spare time: I read a good mystery novel
Fun fact: I LOVE College Football!
Oh! I was also a singing, dancing pirate (wench) on a pirate ship!
ANDREA JONES, CEO
Hometown: Lake City & Ocala, FL
Favorite dish: Medium rare filet with a blue cheese cream sauce
Favorite drink: A hearty cabernet or a lightly dirty vodka martini (with blue cheese stuffed olives)
Favorite hang out: Carrera Wine Cellar, Casa De Vino 57, The Amp
In my spare time: I bike the 'rails to trails' - with a picnic basket (and perhaps bubbly).
Fun fact: I am a former Cruise Director (Cruise Line). Yes, just like Julie McCoy on the Love Boat!
NIKI KEMPER, GM
MEET THE TASTING TEAM...
As culinary and cultural ambassadors, we are passionate about sharing North Florida's rich history and allowing guests to get a “taste” of the local food scene. Our guests get to bypass the typical 'tourist traps' to discover the local way of life! Our Tasting Team introduces you to some of the most charming, historical and off the beaten path (as well also our favorites) spots in the city.
We suggest that you take our foodie tours, at the beginning of your visit, because we will be tantalizing your taste buds and opening your eyes to a whole new side of North Florida culinary scene. One that we are sure you’ll want to continue to explore on your own!
DAWN - SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR & SENIOR TOUR HOST (ST. AUGUSTINE)
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Favorite dish: Sword Fish from Old City House
Favorite drink: French 76 (with vodka)
Favorite hang out: Conch House and Casa De Vino 57
Favorite thing to do: Anything on a boat or on the water
In my spare time:
Fun fact: I was runner up to former Miss America, Leanza Cornett, in our high school pageant.
LAURA - TOUR HOST (ST. AUGUSTINE/JACKSONVILLE)
Hometown: Simsbury, CT (Boston as well!)
Favorite dish: Anything by Old City House in St. Augustine
Favorite drink: Tito's & Cranberry (add the lime)
Favorite hang out: Casa De Vino 57
Favorite thing to do: I LOVE to meet new people, so this job is perfect for me!
In my spare time: I am training my new Westie to become a therapy dog
Fun fact: I was Sharon Stone's stand in, for a movie that was shot in Jacksonville. No - not 'that' scene.
DANA - TOUR HOST (ST. AUGUSTINE)
JEREMY - TOUR HOST (ST. AUGUSTINE)
MOLLY - TOUR HOST (JACKSONVILLE)