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Pioneer Valley Food Tours - Deb Christakos

Deborah Christakos Founder and Tour Guide

Deborah founded Pioneer Valley Food Tours in 2017, with a desire to share the region’s excellent local food and create an entertaining experience.  Her favorite part of being a guide is meeting different people on every tour.  She looks forward to cooking with each season’s local produce and is often foraging in the forests of Western Massachusetts.   Aside from cooking, she spends most of her time outdoors hiking, biking and skiing but she will always find time to watch a good film.

Mandy Gerry, Tour Guide

Mandy Gerry, a native of Northampton, has lived in Paris, San Francisco, and Newport, and honed her cooking (and eating) skills in some of the finest restaurants in the Pioneer Valley. These days, she mostly cooks for her family, young and old, and grows some of the best basil in Western Mass. She is thrilled to share her knowledge of the local Northampton food scene, with anyone who wants to listen and taste!

Davis Bannister, Tour Guide

Davis Bannister (he/him) began as a guide with Pioneer Valley Food Tours in 2021, but has been living and eating well in the Pioneer Valley for nearly his whole life. He loves the local-food movement and is passionate about sharing the world-class food produced here in Western Massachusetts. Hosting tours, Davis will enthusiastically discuss which produce is currently in peak season and suggest plentiful local attractions tailored to your interests. When he is not leading tours, Davis is a freelance event planner, works at a local organic farm store, and enjoys hiking, cooking and playing tabletop board games with friends. Davis and his wife, Amanda, live in Hatfield with their two cats (Little and Skippy) and elderly dog (Rudy).

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