As seen in Business First "New culinary tour mixes history, food and beer"
As Two Humana Inc. employees have started a side business that matches their love for good food.
Max Shireman and his wife, Stacy Shireman, founded Food Guide Food Tours of Louisville in May and started giving downtown tours just after the Kentucky Derby. Both are full-time technology project managers at Humana and run the tours as a secondary business on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“My wife and I love to travel,” said Max Shireman. “We love food, and when we traveled, we found ourselves going on a lot of food tours.” The pair has gone on food tours in Italy, Chicago and California, he said.
Their own love and Louisville’s booming culinary scene are what inspired the couple to start Food Guide Food Tours of Louisville.
The tour includes visits to Marketplace Restaurant at Theatre Square, Heine Brothers’ Coffee, Sidebar At Whiskey Row, Bluegrass Brewing Company, Sicilian Pizza & Pasta , Art Eatables, Safier Mediterranean Deli and Manny & Merle.
Guests walk to each location downtown and try food and drink samples. During the walk, the Shiremans talk about the history of Louisville buildings. For example, Sidebar is located in a former L&N Railroad building. At the restaurants, the chefs often talk about the food and the restaurant.
“We want to entertain them. We want to feed them. We want their bellies to be full,” Shireman said. “It is not just enough to present the food. You need to tell more about it.”
The tours are three hours and are held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The cost, which includes food and drinks, is $55 for those 19 and older and $35 for people 18 and younger, with a maximum of 16 people per tour.
“It is a little more intimate and easy paced,” Shireman said.
The average group size so far has been six to eight people, he added.
Although Food Guide Food Tours of Louisville has only one tour option now, “we hope to expand here in the future,” Shireman said. But “we want to get our downtown tour up running very well.”