Eat, drink and discover Santa Fe as you experience the City Different from a local's view
We have a passion for telling stories and creating unique gastronomic experiences that allow people to connect through food. Join us for our authentic, one-of-a-kind tours and experience Santa Fe through the eyes of a local.
Our immersive, small-group food & history tours allow our guests to experience Santa Fe's unique food culture, rich flavors, and intriguing history. We sample the best of Santa Fe food & drink, while exploring hidden corners of the city and learning why it is truly the City Different.
We emphasize the social experience of our adventures - we believe that great company pairs well with a great meal.
We take great pride in the experience guests have while on our tours - read more about what makes our tours special.
Meet the Team
Shield John Dux hails from New England, land of chowdah, lobstah, and whoopie pies. A diverse background in the performing arts with a B.A degree in theatre, Shield has danced professionally and toured with the Joffrey ballet as their company masseur. Coming from a family steeped in generations of ski racers, Shield had the good fortune of racing in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic trials. A deep sense of connection, studies in the healing arts, and the call of Spirit led him to the Land of Enchantment. A 30 year resident of Santa Fe, he considers himself a true local.
Having led many large group tours to sacred sites around the globe, he has sampled the delights of ethnic foods. In addition to having spent time as a waiter and a cook in a Mexican restaurant, Shield was a corporate trainer for Whole Foods Market here in Santa Fe. He spent 16 years educating fellow team members about Natural and Organic foods, ingredient quality standards, and the fabulousness of great tasting fresh and local products. He brings his theatre and foodie background to his tours with Wander NM.
Lauren made her first delicious adventure to The City Different 20 years, almost to the day, before finally -- and joyfully-- settling here. Following culinary school in her native New York City, the adopted New Mexican cut her teeth at acclaimed venues Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Gramercy Tavern before heading west. Lauren spends her time as a private chef specializing in intimate affairs, teaching private cooking lessons, coaching the Santa Fe High School culinary team and sharing her passion for Santa Fe’s historic and creative “bright food” culture. When she’s not doing all that she is applying her talents in the kitchen for her rich network of (lucky) Santa Fe friends.
To learn more about Lauren’s private chefing and cooking lessons you can contact her at email@example.com.
Operations / Tour Guide
A native of Arizona, Elizabeth left the Southwest for college and work in other parts of the county, but this amazing neighborhood kept calling her back. When she moved to Santa Fe in 2014, she was proud to have claimed residency in all of the Four Corners states. Although she’d be hard-pressed to name just one of those as her favorite, Santa Fe is definitely the city that has claimed her heart.
Her working life has been divided into two realms: tourism and administrative management. From high school through graduate school she worked as a server in establishments ranging from diners to fine dining. During that time she came to truly appreciate the fun and camaraderie that comes when people share a good meal in any setting. A self-proclaimed transportation geek, she spent over a decade as a manager for a transit management company primarily working with shuttle systems in the Western National Parks. Upon arrival in Santa Fe she began leading educational programs in Northern New Mexico for a national tour company, giving her the opportunity to share her love and passion for the region’s rich history and culture.
Her time at Wander New Mexico is also divided between tours and administration, including designing custom tours for private groups. Whether it is on the phone or in person, Elizabeth would love to introduce you to The City Different!
Founder and Tour Guide
Joe was inspired to launch Wander New Mexico in 2016 after dreaming for several years about starting a travel business while working as a management consultant in Dubai and San Francisco. Like many, he was drawn to the breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and history, and unexpected discoveries in this special corner of the earth (and marrying into a third generation New Mexican family also helped!).
Making, eating, and learning about food & drink is Joe's passion! Before moving to Santa Fe, he lived and traveled around the country and the globe, visiting over 80 countries. Five years in Dubai gave him the opportunity to travel around the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia and sample delicacies like Cambodian fish head soup, Ethiopian injera bread, and Moroccan tajine. A stint in San Francisco sparked his passion for wine, and he loves exploring the excellent, and lesser-known wine scene in New Mexico. He's also a homebrewer, and enjoys experimenting with local ingredients and brewing seasonal speciality beers for friends and family.
Joe can't wait to share everything that this incredible region has to offer! You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy travels!