Walk Eat Nashville
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Walk Eat Nashville
Owner: Karen-Lee Ryan
Nashville has quickly become one of the premiere culinary destinations in the nation, and not just for traditional southern cuisine. With so many five-star restaurants popping up, the dining choices are unlimited for tourists and residents alike. Meet Karen-Lee Ryan, owner of Walk Eat Nashville, a walking food tour company that showcases the crème de la crème in Nashville eateries.
After spending a decade working in digital journalism, Karen-Lee opted for a career that would allow her to tell stories without being tethered to a computer all day. With a passion for Nashville and for bridging communities together through food, the path ahead was clear. A walking food tour would marry her interests perfectly. Today, Karen-Lee hosts groups of ten to twelve people three times a week on walking food tours around the city, showcasing the best restaurants in the neighborhoods that put Nashville on the map. “I have had fun jobs in my life, but none as wonderful as Walk Eat Nashville,” she says.
What can you expect on a walking food tour? Each tour makes six different tasting stops at restaurants and specialty food shops, lasting a little over three hours. Between bites, guests walk off a few calories, visit unexpected and interesting Nashville landmarks, and absorb the culture and history of each neighborhood. Unlike the standard food tour, Walk Eat Nashville provides interaction with the chefs, owners, and managers of these restaurants, giving patrons the opportunity to converse with the people who have created the delicacies they get to taste. Besides Tourists, many locals take the Walk Eat Nashville food tour to deepen their appreciation of the city.
For Karen-Lee, the best part of owning and operating her own food tour company is the opportunity to exercise her passion for storytelling in a new and invigorating way.
“I love sharing the stories of the people, places and dishes that are turning Nashville into the new culinary capital of the South,” she says. “Everyone I work with brings so much pride and passion to what they do. My guests see it, feel it and appreciate it on every tour—and it inspires me every week. “
Walk Eat Nashville tours currently cost $49, which includes all food and an engaging guide. For more information, visit their website below, and be sure to connect with them on Facebook!