We are passionate about food and travel, and believe that food is the best way to understand a country, its culture and of course the people. La Mesa Food Tours is an opportunity for us to share this - and so much more - with you.
Come and experience a taste with La Mesa Food Tours!
"My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order."
- Dolly Parton
A food connoisseur (you might say food-obsessed) from the mid-west raised with southern home cooking traditions. My culinary adventures began at the age of 16 with my first international trip to Barcelona to live with a Catalán family for a summer. Seeing and tasting foods I had never seen or heard of ignited my passion for gastronomic self-study. Living in Chile led me to the wonderful discovery of Latin American flavors, ingredients, cooking styles and traditions. Over the years, I have cultivated a never-ending love for food, and am on a continuous quest to perfect my favorite recipes and discover new ones. My first thoughts in the morning are of meals for the day, and I have a running mental food catalog of all of the best (and worst) meals I have ever eaten…and may have been known to reminisce about them. I believe food is an incredible vehicle for exploration and hope that you too will find pleasure, joy and sustenance in good food.
"Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious."
- Ruth Reichl
A former business manager transformed into a wanderer who loves to ride a bike. I love cultural exchanges and to immerse myself in other places, and for this reason a few years ago I left my work an office and decided to dedicate myself to trips and travelers. Telling, writing and hearing stories fills my soul, and even better if accompanied by a cup of Colombian coffee! In some of my longer trips I've had the opportunity to work in restaurants and get to know a number of talented chefs, which opened the way for me to explore cuisines from other parts of the world. However, I am a fully convinced that the mix of flavors and textures in Latin America are incomparable! You have a friend waiting for you here in Colombia, and I look forward to showing you an amazing experience here in my country.
"I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food."
- W.C. Fields
An adventurer, wanderer, fútbol aficionado, amateur photographer and burgeoning epicurean, I was raised in New Mexico with a palate for southwestern flavors (green chile anyone?!). My career in international development gave me the opportunity to experience and learn from fascinating cultures while living and working on four continents. During my travels, what I enjoyed most is exploring the plentiful cultural traditions around food. We can participate in the story of a people - their history, customs, ethos and survival - through their cuisine. More recently, my efforts to appease my food-obsessed wife’s insatiable palate, tenacious food cravings, and fervent menu ordering, have taken my understanding and appreciation for food to a new level. I continue to find new pathways on my food journey, and look forward to you joining me as we discover our likes, dislikes and absolutely must-haves together.
"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like."
Travel lover and self-proclaimed food enthusiast, I am obsessed with real flavours and recipes that get to the heart of what makes a dish ‘especial’. I believe it’s the culinary efforts of centuries of household cooks that have led to the distinctive tastes that reveal our culture and traditions. Beyond food, I enjoy the challenges and delights of visiting new places all over my country as well as across the world. These adventures are the basis for my ideas and connections - and I use it as a resource for my other career in marketing. I love sharing these experiences with old and new friends, and am thus on a mission in this food tour journey to introduce you to Colombia! I want you to discover how we understand and connect to food and the time-honoured tradition of street food. I know you are going to enjoy and love our culinary playground!
You have to taste a culture to understand it.
- Deborah Cater
Growing up in a place full of delicious food, friendly people and lots of culture, the town of Envigado has made me who I am today. I love music, making friends, and above all else, food - especially homemade food! I grew up on simple food made by humble people, which can be better than the most sophisticated meal at the fanciest restaurant. I also spent time in Peru (one of the best experiences of my life!), and had the chance to explore a wide variety of new flavors and a different culture than what I knew. My time there was full of incredible ingredients and amazing memories, but it only really made me love the food I grew up with even more. I can't wait to show you my little town, and I really hope you fall in love with the local food, history and people as much as I have.