My name is Susan and I’m the founder of Key Culinary Tours. I’ve been a concierge in Sarasota for over 15 years and absolutely love this city I call “home.” I love everything about it and was inspired on a trip to Miami, when I took an historic tour of a section of the city on which they included food! I thought that this would be the perfect addition to our town. A fascinating tour accompanied with some tastings at the best restaurants in the area. I am passionate about St. Armands; its history, its style, and its (often) chef-run restaurants. I hope you find our culinary tour a fun outing and an addition to the fun activities so easy to enjoy in our little neck of the world.
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Daniel - Tour Guide
Daniel is new to our Key Culinary Team and we are thrilled to have him! He has been in the travel/hospitality business for over 17 years and has traveled all over Europe leading groups through multiple countries and destinations. A resident of the Sarasota area for 26 years, he loves the area and his love of history and along with having a degree in Baking and Pastry makes him a perfect fit for our tours. “After leading groups of 50 to several thousand, I very much enjoy working with Key Culinary Tours as a guide for a more intimate and personal guiding experience. I have a tendency to focus on the historical aspect as well as the quirky facts and figures. Above all else, I like to spend the time with each guest to ensure they’ve had an enjoyable and enlightening experience with us. Whether you’re a local or visiting us for the first time I’d love to have the privilege of showing you the best of Sarasota!”
Denice - Tour Guide
In her professional life, Denice was an entrepreneur in the beauty industry and enjoyed owning two salon & spas during her career. She also had a Paul Mitchell distributorship for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico. She is a Paul Mitchell Educator and has had her images published worldwide. Denice has traveled extensively through the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Having been a visitor to Sarasota for 25 years, she is now thrilled to call it home. She is a true foodie and loves to follow culinary trends.
Gabe - Tour Guide
Gabe moved to Venice in 2012 and fell in love with the beauty of the area. Great climate, world-class beaches, Old World architecture and wonderful restaurants. Before his journey here, he worked as a architect in his own firm in NY for over 35 years designing houses and apartment buildings. He is excited about being a part of our team. “Key Culinary Tours offered me an opportunity to merge two of my passions – food and architecture.”
Jason - Tour Guide
Jason is a rarity these days in Sarasota: A native son and Jason is proud to be one! His intimate knowledge of the area provides tourists with a unique perspective of the area. He has been in the tourism business in Sarasota since 2010 and loves sharing the beauty of Sarasota with folks from all over the world. Jason specializes on our Lido Key Culinary Bike Tour.
Jeni - Tour Guide
Jeni is originally from Illinois farm country and has come to the Sarasota area each year since she was two years old! Her family still owns a small beachfront motel that was purchased by her grandfather a few years before she was born. She moved here permanently after graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in finance and enjoyed a 25 year career in commercial banking. A sports enthusiast and yoga instructor, Jennifer is happy to help her motel guests and area visitors get out and enjoy all our area has to offer, including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, great restaurants, and now… Key Culinary Tours!
Maggie - Tour Guide
Maggie joined our culinary family with a love of history and extensive tour guide experience having been a tour guide in St. Augustine, FL for five years before moving to Sarasota via Mexico. Maggie’s previous experience also included managing two community theaters, so performance is in her blood. In her spare time, Maggie is a mixed media mosaic artist. Born in Florida, she is one of those rare true Floridians and she makes history come alive on her tours! Ready to have some fun? Come on a tour with Maggie! (Sorry, her dog Jake won’t be able to join you).
Patricia - Tour Guide
Patricia lived abroad for 37 years, mostly in Italy, and returned to the United States five years ago. She has traveled and toured Europe and says it is a pleasure to be on the other side of the “tour” equation. Patricia enjoys sharing local Sarasota history and with her world travels, brings a unique perspective to our tours. Patricia is able to conduct tours in Italian too!
Robert - Tour Guide
Born and raised outside of Detroit, Robert discovered the beauty of Southwest Florida later in life, first in Ft. Myers and later Sarasota. With his passion for the outdoors, the arts and culture, Sarasota immediately become home with its rich history, cultural community, and natural beauty. When he’s not providing tours with Key Culinary Tours, Robert owns and operates Italian Culinary Tours, a specialty travel company that offers unique dining experiences and educational tours through the diverse regions of Italy, and Ciao Bella Productions, an innovative, private party catering company. Active in the community, Robert is a member of the Rotary Club of Sarasota and a board member and volunteer for Save Our Seabirds, a wild bird education center and rescue.
Seva - Tour Guide
Seva hails from Lake Placid, NY and later headed to NYC where she worked for ten years as a dancer. Subsequently, she worked as an internationally-known aerialist in RBB&B Circus and Las Vegas’ casinos before turning to drama where she performed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Seva’s gypsy lifestyle is never sure where the next road will lead, but presently, she also runs her own interactive traveling drama troupe called the Red Rose Parlour Theatre. When she’s not leading a tour or performing, Seva, a 14 year-resident of Sarasota, uses the remainder of her time to write, direct and walk along the bay with her lovable Maltipoo pup, Rappy.
Walter - Tour Guide
Walter was born, raised, and lived at the Jersey Shore until 2001 when he found his paradise in Sarasota. While in New Jersey, he enjoyed a career in the corporate computer industry working at AT&T, Bell Labs, and Lucent Technologies. After a short retirement, he then wowed the guests of the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota for seven years before making the move to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium as the Guest Services Manager for five years. Walter is passionate about travel, cruises, fashion, playing chess, Sarasota, as well as having fun. He cannot wait to share the ambiance, history, and culinary treats of our town with you!
Jean - Our Ambassador
Jean’s first visit to Florida occurred in 1970 when it was love at first sight, a place she knew would someday become home. After a rewarding career in telecommunications, this Jersey Girl retired, said goodbye to Ocean Grove, and headed to Sarasota for new adventures. Retirement was grand, but new experiences for learning and growth beckoned. She served as an Ambassador Concierge for the Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club for seven years and was a proud member of the opening team. Ready for change, she spent four years as the Volunteer Coordinator at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. This football fanatic feels there is no place too far to travel to see one of her teams’ games and also enjoys the magic of Walt Disney World. As an avid traveler, Jean loves soaking up the ambiance and history of her destinations, immersing herself in the local lifestyle. While home in Sarasota, she loves to share the beauty, diversity, and culture of our Southwest Florida treasure.