NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A local woman’s love of Nashville and its eateries has transformed into a business that gives visitors a taste of both.
Karen-Lee Ryan began offering Walk Eat Nashville – guided walking food tours that offer participants an up close and personal look at Music City and its tasty food offerings.
The tours allow visitors to interact with chefs, restaurant owners and food artisans of six local restaurants and specialty food shops over a three-hour period, as well as visiting a historic Nashville neighborhood.
“We were getting so much press for our food, I started thinking, ‘I wonder if I could combine the walking tour idea with eating?’” Ryan said.
That thought has been a success, with both out-of-town and in-town visitors.
The first stop on the east Nashville walk is Five Points Pizza, which was a big hit for one couple visiting from New Jersey.
“It’s absolutely delicious. I love it,” they said.
Ryan said the hot summer weather doesn’t seem to bother the foodies on foot, and that she is bringing them more than just great eats.
“The tours are intimate, so they have a really nice chance to talk to an owner or chef and meet some other people on tour. They learn the history of the neighborhood and just get a real authentic feel for Nashville,” she explained.
Ryan said she has a variety of restaurants and shops she stops by, but she has the same purpose at each stop.
“I love to share the passion that people bring to the food and what they’re creating every day and introduce people who are visiting Nashville or who live here, to those folks who are creating these great things for us every single day,” she said.
Ryan’s tour costs $49 per person, and includes all tastings.
Due to popularity, in addition to her Thursday and Friday East Nashville Tours, she’s added a Saturday tour of the Midtown food scene.
Learn more about the tours at walkeatnashville.com.
Click here for a list of stops that are featured on some of the tours.