Dean leads Durham tours. He’s an expert in tobacco history, particularly downtown Durham’s tobacco roots, and he’s also a wine expert. And a foodie. And an all around nice guy. Prior to becoming a guide for Taste Carolina, Dean led history tours for Preservation Durham.

What is your occupation? Wine Sales.

Where are you from? Northern Indiana.

When did you move to North Carolina? 1996.

What do you love best about North Carolina? The magnificent weather during Spring and Fall.

What do you love best about leading food tours? I don’t like anything best; it’s all best!

What are your favorite foods? (List three) Pork Belly, Ripe freestone peaches, and Lightly sautéed morel mushrooms.

What is your comfort food? Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Blue Bell.

What is your favorite drink? Fresh squeezed lemonade.

What food/s won’t you eat/ try? Pig’s feet in those pickling jars on store counters.

Who is the one person you would love to cook with? Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

What are your hobbies? Snow skiing, gardening, Durham Bulls’ baseball, and traveling to Latin America.Dean

Favorite restaurant? El Corral Mexican in Durham.

Favorite sandwich? BLT with a lightly fried egg and pepper Jack cheese.

Favorite cookie? Girl Scouts’ Thin Mints.

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