Susan leads Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill/ Carrboro tours. She’d be hard pressed to say which she likes the best, but it’s probably Durham. Or Chapel Hill/ Carrboro. No, Raleigh. She has tons of information to share, and she exudes passion for these cities and their restaurants and chefs!

What is your occupation? Creative Project Manager at an ad agency (Capstrat).

Where are you from? Indianapolis, but lived in Boulder, CO for 5 years after college, and Salt Lake City as a kid!

When did you move to North Carolina? April of 2008.

What do you love best about North Carolina? There’s so much! The food, the charming towns, the stunning beauty and the deep, rich history. But most of all the coastline! Sea oats, waves, barrier islands, ponies.

What do you love best about leading food tours? Helping folks discover the amazing food culture here – from hi-end restaurants to mom-n-pop deli’s, and visiting with farmers and chefs. Showing them places and people they might not readily find or meet. It’s an absolute blast getting to show people around, and probably one of my very favorite things to do!

What are your favorite foods? (List three) Vietnamese rice noodle bowl with chicken, fresh veggies, herbs and a pork roll. Low Country Boil with fresh shrimp, corn, red potatoes and sausage — Especially when it’s made by my hubby’s uncle in Charleston, with shrimp he caught himself. Crusty french bread w/ tapenade and smelly cheese (preferably Epoisse). Mmm!!

What is your comfort food? A really great roasted chicken with mashed potatoes and butter beans.

What is your favorite drink? Bulleit bourbon, fresh ginger simple syrup, club soda and fresh lime. Or ginger tea w/soy milk!

What food/s won’t you eat/ try? Liver. Foie Gras.

Who is the one person you would love to cook with? Amy Sedaris.

What are your hobbies? I’m completely obsessed with traveling – near and far, and finding out more about the region by eating where the locals eat. I dig and dig to find great hidden spots and love sharing what I find with others. I can’t sit still! Kayaking, hiking, camping. My hubby and I absolutely love cooking together, and entertaining our friends.

Favorite restaurant? Wow. No way to pick just one. Could be a little pub in tiny Doolin, Ireland called McGann’s Pub, or maybe it’s  Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw. In Raleigh – Centro and Poole’s In Durham – Scratch Bakery. In Carrboro – Neal’s Deli In Chapel Hill – Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe.

Favorite sandwich? That fresh tomato sandwich with homemade mayo and a pinch of salt on super soft bread that Bill Smith brought to a Stir The Pot Southern Foodways Alliance potluck dinner. Each sandwich was wrapped in brown waxed paper and you reached into a crinkled brown paper bag to get them. Absolute perfection. My mouth is still watering…

Favorite cookie? Shortbread with cranberries and pepitas. And I don’t even really like shortbread. But the recipe I have is delicious!

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