Press & Reviews

Great Tour!

We lived in Louisville for years and always loved the food and bar scene. We moved away about 10 years ago but visit friends and family frequently. We tend to always end up at our old favorites when in the city. This tour introduced us to some new favorites!

I recommend this tour for locals and visitors. Louisville is a very interesting city that is full of history, culture, beautiful architecture, food and drink and this tour includes it all.

Angela M.

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“Awesome Experience!!”

We had such an awesome and fun filled experience! We met other wonderful people on our tour, which made the experience so much more pleasant and way more fun that I had expected!!

Max was wonderful, very knowledgeable, and a superb guide with a very charming and warm personality. He shared wonderful insights and historical data with each new turn we took, which made it so much more enjoyable to be able to not only taste great food, but also learn about the history of this wonderful city!

There are a few other food tasting tours, but this is the only one to be at!!!

Personable, fun, highly enjoyable, and did I say .........FUN!!!!!!

Thanks Max for the tour! We'll see you again during our next visit to Louisville!!

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“Great day, great food”

Took the tour with my wife the week of the wife is handicapped and walks with a walker...the guide consistently checked on her throughout the walk to make sure she was comfortable and assisted me when she needed help up stairs or ramps.... which was very kind, gracious, and can tell he is proud of his hometown from his knowledge of Louisville's history. Great pick of local eats!, we went back to one of the restaurants for more that night! We can see ourselves doing another food tour next time we're there!

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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.”