About Us

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 here.

 

See What Others Have Written About Us

USA Today named us as one of the top ten "must-try" food tours in North America in a July 2018 article!

 

SantaFe.org’s 15 Culinary Experiences to Excite your Tastebuds

Read New Mexico Magazine's March 2018 article about foodie walking tours - we're in it!

 

Read the feature article about us in the Santa Fe New Mexican from January 2017

 

Check out Santa Fe Travelers' blog post about our Sip & Savor Plaza Tour from May 2017

 
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 Owner & Founder, Wander New Mexico
 

Meet Joe

Chief Chile Connoisseur / 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 joe@wandernm.com. Happy travels!

 

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Meet Alison

head of content and Exploration

Growing up, Alison's frequent visits to her family in New Mexico left a strong impression on her - enchiladas and chile for family dinners, the smell of piñon wood in the winter, the sunsets and expansive skies. Although she grew up in Massachusetts, New Mexico always held a special place in her heart. It wasn't until after trying her hand at a few different life pursuits (studying Arabic in the Middle East, a master's degree in public policy, and a corporate job in San Francisco) that she finally decided to reconnect with her family's roots in New Mexico. 

Besides food, Alison loves spending time outdoors - hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and camping. When not chronicling her journeys around Northern New Mexico, she works at her day job in state government.

 
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Meet Liana

Tour Guide 

Rolling like a tumbleweed on a dry desert horizon Liana Woodward arrived in Santa Fe from the hills of Tesuque, NM at the tender age of four. A lifelong Santa Fean, Liana earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, Santa Fe. After a brief stint in Europe, Liana could not help but be drawn back to the Land of Enchantment. Liana's favorite food is green chile chicken enchiladas. In her free time Liana enjoys cooking, writing poetry, and contemplative drives to the comforting sound of late 2000's indie rock. 

Liana has been a guide to many throughout her career in Santa Fe. Before she was a food tour guide she helped thousands to appreciate local art at contemporary art museum SITE Santa Fe. Now as a steward of the history and culture of Santa Fe, Liana invites you to experience the flavors of the city she will forever call home. 

 
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Meet Lauren

Tour Guide 

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 cheflauren@kitchenkoach.com.

 

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Jay (Tour Guide)

Elizabeth (Tour Guide, Ops Administrator)