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We believe the best way to experience Carlsbad Village is through food because food tells the story of a neighborhood’s people, history and culture. Whenever we travel, food tours top our list of favorite things to do! Carlsbad Food Tours was born out of our love of fine wines and delicious food and traveling. After traveling and experiencing food tours in other cities, we decided to make our way back home to Southern California and bring the world of Food Tours to our community. Carlsbad Food Tours is a historic walking tour in Carlsbad that was started in North San Diego County in 2014. We became the first guided culinary and wine walking tour in Carlsbad Village. We are focused on helping visitors and Carlsbad residents alike enjoy the best “off-the-beaten-path” food and cultural experience possible. Eat like a local and enjoy a taste of Carlsbad! Our main tour is A Taste of Carlsbad & our newest tour is our Vegan & Vegetarian Food Tour, which was just launched in Dec 2021.

We are thrilled to announce we are now a #KindnessCertifiedCompany! As we
commit to being good to our people, community, planet and world, we hope
others will also be inspired to join us in spreading kindness.



Meet the Team

Cherimarie Poulos Owner & Founder

Cheri was born & raised in California. She has lived in San Diego over 20 years, her children were born in the area. She has a strong connection to Carlsbad, in fact one of her daughters was Miss Carlsbad 2005. So she voted herself to be Mrs. Carlsbad. Now the Chief Foodie and Founder of Carlsbad Food Tours! She loves Carlsbad and is happy to share her knowledge about the local history and great eateries in the Carlsbad Village. Cheri was also a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and loves to teach others about how to live a healthy lifestyle; which includes walking, eating healthy foods, small frequent meals and socialization. All of which are in her tour.

Cherimarie Poulos owner of Carlsbad Food Tours won “Women-Owned Small Business Award 2017”. The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce created their annual small business awards as a way to recognize the accomplishments of small-business owners.

  • Favorite Food: Chocolate
  • Favortie Drink: Coffee
  • Favorite Food Quote: “First we eat, then we do everything else” - M.F.K. Fisher
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Brad Poulos Director of Marketing & CFO

Brad Poulos was born and raised in Chicago. So he knows what great food is all about! He moved to San Diego over 20 years ago. He has had a very successful 30 year career in Marketing. He now serves as our Marketing Director & Chief Financial Officer.

David Jenson Lead Tour Guide

David previously worked for 20th Century Fox Studio creating movies. He’s currently working as a Tour Guide with Walk the City Tours. He’s also a member of the JourneyBirds Band.

Ben Mastracco Tour Guide

Food Coach at Ben Mastracco Food Coaching. Recipe developer, blogger and comedian. Creator of Comedy Kitchen, a YouTube channel featuring quick and healthy chef inspired recipes for the home cook, with a unique comedic twist.

Eat healthier, laugh harder & be happier is his motto.

Ben mastracco Food Coach – Plant-based Eating