When Mimi Shellito and her husband, Jack, are traveling and have some down time, they like to take food tours, which offer participants organized tours of local eateries sprinkled with bits of history and trivia about the area.
They took their first food tour in 2008 in New York City and most recently completed one of Kansas City’s Westport neighborhood.
“It’s a fun way to get to know a city and to get to know other people who like to do that, too – people who really like food and like to walk around,” she said.
Shellito decided that Wichita needed its own food tour, so she developed a business plan and recently has begun offering tours in Old Town. Information about the business, called Wichita Food Tours, is on her website, www.wichitafoodtours.com/.
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The walking tours last between two and two-and-a-half hours and hit four restaurants in Old Town. They cost $40 a person and include food at all four restaurants, one adult beverage and a lot of education about the restaurants, the history of the buildings, the neighborhood and the nearby railroad.
The routes vary but usually start in the Farm & Art Market Square at Second and Mosley. The first stop is usually River City Brewery, where tour participants partake in an appetizer and a locally brewed beer. The tour continues from there and includes three other restaurants, three other dishes, and about 30 minutes of walking.
So far, Shellito has given one tour but has several more on the calendar. They typically happen at 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridans and at 1 p.m. Saturdays. She has tours available through the end of December.