Born and raised in South Carolina, this area has always been home. After graduating from Wofford College, I lived in Pawleys Island for 20 years and now Murrells Inlet for the past eight. I am Momma to the 3 most amazing boys— Noah, Joshua, and David.
Noah graduated from Anderson College this year and is now working as a State Farm Agent in Anderson. He has been dating Hailey for 3 years and they are an awesome couple. She is a foodie, as well, so she fits in perfectly! From winning mock trial in high school to being chosen as a representative for his college, Noah has always shown leadership in whatever he does!
Joshua is 17 yrs old and graduated early from high school this year. He is my little Billy Graham ( well he’s 6’3” so maybe not little anymore). He plans to attend Hillsong College in Australia next year and I’m sure he will be traveling the globe sharing his love for Jesus one day.
David is 9 yrs old and has curly hair that everyone adores, except him! He loves video games and soccer. When he was 4 yrs old, he was asked to bring his favorite food to class and whined when I wouldn’t let him take sushi ( he didn’t understand why that wasn’t a favorite of most 4 yr olds).
Noah, Joshua and David share my love of great food and we find that most of our conversations when we are together are about food!
People always ask me, “How did you start this?” or “What inspired you to start Carolina Food Tours?” I’m not a chef or culinary expert. Instead, this is how it happened:
In May 2018, I lost my job. Nothing bad with the company that I was contracted with, just some restructuring and they no longer needed outside sales. When that happened, I was panic-stricken. As a single mom and no other source of income, what would I do? Unemployment was not even an option, as I was considered an independent contractor. How would I survive? I needed a job and I needed it right away but I felt God saying to me, “Be still. Do not be afraid. Just be with Me.” Well, I’ve been a Christian for many years (although I didn’t live like it during one season), and I do my Bible study already. I had a choice, run around frantically giving out resumes in hopes that someone would hire me by the next week OR listen to what God was telling me, even though it didn’t make sense. By faith, I just read my Bible, listened to sermons and prayed pretty much anytime I wasn’t doing school pickup or mommy duties. I even fasted a few days — which is MAJOR for a woman who is a foodie! After a week, I felt like God asked me, “What do you really want?” So, I grabbed a piece of paper and started my list. 1) the amount of money I needed to pay my bills 2) Flexibility to still be a mom and pick up kids from school or be there when needed. Then I thought to myself … what did I like about my old job? After a minute, I blurted out loud, “Well, I liked taking them out to eat hahaha.” On my previous job, I would take business owners out to eat and talk to them about what I was selling. So I wrote down 3) Get paid to take people out to eat haha, as I laughed. I added a couple of other things then I prayed over it and left it. I started going on job interviews and even though there were a couple of good-paying jobs, they weren’t what I was praying for so I didn’t feel right about them. A couple of weeks later, Noah came home from college. It was a Sunday afternoon after church and we were sitting in the car talking. He mentioned that he wanted to do something super special for his girlfriend, Hailey. He googled “things to do in Charleston” and food tours came up. Being the lover of all types of food, I immediately said, “I want to do that! What is it? Why don’t we have one of those here?” Then as I read about it, I thought, “That would be such a fun job… getting paid to take people out to eat.” Oh my goodness, could this be it? As soon as we drove home, I sat down with my computer and researched food tours all afternoon and into the night. Eight o’clock the next morning, I was on my way to Charleston to take my first food tour. After, I knew this was it. Now the old me would have called one of my guy friends and told him all about it and how he needed to do this and I would help him. I didn’t. You see, after those days alone with Jesus, I began to see myself as He sees me. It made all the difference. I didn’t need to run to a man, God could help me do it. He alone helped me with every aspect of the business. (I did receive help from a former coworker on the website portion. ) From studying the history of our area night and day the first few weeks to meeting with many restaurant owners in the area, it was exciting but challenging. Then in July of 2018, I gave my first food tour – The Historic Georgetown Food Tour. I have always been terrified of public speaking. Before the tour began that day, I thought, “This is a little messed up. I’m going to be talking in front of people and THEY are going to be enjoying the food. I didn’t think that through very well!”
I grew up in S.C. eating homegrown okra, tomatoes and butter beans from momma’s garden. My mom cooked rice (at almost every meal) and grits with breakfast. As a child, I didn’t realize the cultural significance of these foods. My dad would have a fish fry, which always included hush puppies and my Grandaddy Jones would put a pig on the pit and invite all the community. With a family like this, it’s no wonder I have a life long love affair with food. They were foodies before it became a thing!
SHARING OUR LOVE OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S GOOD FOOD
A South Carolina food tour is a new way to connect with people over a meal — or four! Eating is the universal language we all speak. Bonds are formed when breaking bread together. As we eat together, we share stories, build relationships, and benefit in many ways — emotionally, physically, and mentally.
So come along with us as we walk, talk, learn about the rich history of South Carolina and taste the delicious coastal cuisine of the Myrtle Beach area. Whether you are a food enthusiast, a foodie, or a culinary expert, you will love our South Carolina food tours. When visiting the Myrtle Beach area, try a Carolina Food Tour for a culinary and social experience you won’t forget! We recommend the following sites for our visitors: