Mary founded Carpe DC Food Tours in 2014, to pursue a passion of showing people the beauty of connecting to the local community through food and stories. 

This vision came from her adventures overseas, as well as getting to know the District and the great food it has to offer. Prior to Carpe DC Food Tours, Mary earned her M.P.A. in nonprofit and international management, worked with a Ugandan based NGO, a children’s shelter and for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Our itineraries are designed to make you feel more like travelers discovering a new city than Segway-riding tourists being herded like cattle. We focus on local, community-driven restaurants whose food isn’t only delicious; but also reflects the city’s dynamic culture. Combine good eats with discovering cool facts about the city’s evolving music scene and ever-changing architecture, and you’ve got yourself quite a perfect day.  

Walk along a bustling street in one of DC’s iconic neighborhoods. Sip an icy beverage from a local coffee shop while a newfound friend talks about the city’s rich history and how it evolved. Nibble on an empanada from a hidden gem that only locals know about. Stop and discover the colorful story about a mural in an alley that the big DC tour buses would never see.

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