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
ANDREA JONES, CEO
Andrea began her career in the cruise industry, with Premier Cruise Line, the official cruise line of Walt Disney World. During her years at sea, Andrea served as Social Hostess, Shore Excursion Manager, Assistant Cruise Director and Cruise Director.
After retiring from onboard ship life, Andrea utilized her expertise by providing training workshops for Cruise Line careers, as well as Guest Relations Consulting. Along with consulting, she also helped to coordinate the Jacksonville wedding program, for Carnival Cruise Lines.
An entrepreneur at heart and seeing a need in Jacksonville production industry, Andrea opened First Coast Talent Agency. For the last 23 years, the Agency has provided clients and casting directors, with the Southeast’s most professional and diverse group of talent, in the industry.
Returning to her ‘hospitality roots’ in 2010, Andrea co-founded The Tasting Tours, alongside business partner, JoAnna Engel. Under their leadership, the tour company has grown to be one of Florida’s largest culinary experience providers.
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)