Jessica leads mostly Greensboro tours, but you can often find her leading Winston-Salem tours. And Hillsborough. And she leads Chapel Hill tours, too. Tour guiding is Jessica’s dream job, and she’s a natural!
What is your occupation? I’m a logistics manager for a small North Carolina-based furniture company.
Where are you from? Born in Pennsylvania, formative years were spent in Maine.
When did you move to North Carolina? 1991.
What do you love best about North Carolina? The people, the landscape, the weather…almost everything.
What do you love best about leading food tours? Interacting with folks who love food – not only the chefs, managers, and owners of the restaurants, but the tour-goers as well. It’s so much fun to introduce people to new places, tastes, and experiences.
What are your favorite foods? (List three) Hamburgers, Bread (just about any kind), and Foie Gras.
What is your comfort food? Definitely hamburgers. I’ve never met one I didn’t like.
What is your favorite drink? I love a carefully crafted French 75 (made with cognac, not gin). It was my dad’s favorite drink, and I’m keeping the tradition alive.
What food/s won’t you eat/ try? I’ll try everything once.
Who is the one person you would love to cook with? Anthony Bourdain. He’s got grit to go with his sophistication – I think that’s a perfect combination in a chef.
What are your hobbies? Running, sewing, embroidering…that’s the short list.
Favorite restaurant? Ever? Singleton’s Seafood Shack in Mayport, FL. In Greensboro, it’s a tie between Crafted and Table 16. It’s in constant flux, though.
Favorite sandwich? I have a list of top ten sandwiches. #1 comes from a little town near Newport, RI – a tiny Italian deli. It’s fresh roasted red peppers, homemade fresh mozzarella, and basil on an incredible crusty French bread.
Favorite cookie? I’ll go for a soft, warm, fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookie before any other kind.