About Us

Management team

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Founder/CFO Denise Righetti

Alternating between titles of C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer) and C.E.O. (Chief Eating Officer), Denise is as creative with titles as she is in coming up with unique culinary tours and experiences for her clients.

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Marketing Director Jennifer Ouvrard

Jennifer represents a unique combination of being a Southern gal with down-home charm, and that of a sophisticated Bon Vivant with an exquisite palate for French and International cuisine along with a long-standing career as an independent marketing consultant for small to mid-size companies.

Jennifer@SavorOurCity.com

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Product Development/Operations Annette Morejon

Annette is passionate about travel and has been in the industry for over 22 years, starting as a tour director in Italy and France for Collette, and then moving on to work for them as a Product Manager where she planned, contracted, and created itineraries as well as oversaw all operations for the countries she was in charge of.

Her strong connections to Italy, led her to move there from the US, where she spent 11 years exploring every corner, experiencing the culture and history, and sampling all of the delicious foods and wines the country is known for. We are grateful to have Annette on our team helping oversee our Miami operations & training our new guides.

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Savor Our City's Corporate Chef Claudia Dawson

Claudia is a classically trained chef-turned-freelance writer specializing in food and drink-related content. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida Atlantic University and attended culinary school in Washington, D.C.

"After nearly fifteen years working in professional kitchens from Sedona to Cape Cod, I've learned that everyone has a unique story to tell. I am intrigued and inspired by the human condition."

Claudia enjoys the outdoors, true crime shows, laughter, and ice cream.

Our Team of Expert Foodies:

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Miami Tour Guide

Stella Crismanich

Stella Crismanich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to multi cultural parents from Croatia and Paraguay. She grew up in four different countries which exposed her to many different cultures and cuisines and afforded her the opportunity to become multi lingual. Stella studied hospitality and worked as a hotel manager for 28 years. Stella’s love of people and travel led her to taking a job as a tour guide, conducting tours in China, Europe, Israel and South America as well as in the US . In addition to her love for languages, Stella is passionate about traveling, music, food, and gardening. She enjoys cooking Italian, Thai and Lebanese cuisines, as well as Brazilian, Paraguayan and Argentinean bbq dishes known as “asados”.

Stella has called South Miami home for the past 30 yeas, and has acquired a large art collection from contemporary Latin American painters.

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Ft. Lauderdale Tour Guide

Ryan Strouss

Ryan was born and raised here in Ft Lauderdale. He was in the Florida Singing Sons Boychoir throughout his school years which is where he gained a love for music and travel. Ryan went to Nova High School in Davie, Florida, and then continued on to Florida State University in Tallahassee where he got a BA in Middle Eastern Studies.

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Delray Beach, Boca Raton Tour Guide

Tara Sinclair  

Tara is an adventurous, educated and passionate foodie which she claims stems from her early upbringing. Born in Paris, France. Tara grew up in New York where she was surrounded by culture, art.

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Boca, Delray Tour Guide

Meridith Hootstein   

Meridith has been teaching Yoga and Meditation for almost 20 years. She is an avid healthy food eater and has adopted a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. Meridith enjoys fresh pressed green drinks.

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Orlando Tour Guide & Mixologist

Ryan Owen

Ryan is a culinary arts expert and local celebrity in Central FL; his Instagram handle is @OrlandoFoodCritic. He prides himself on being a Spirit Connoisseur, a Cocktail Aficionado, an Online Cooking Personality. Born in the UK, raised in Colombia and living in Orlando, it's no wonder Ryan is a lover of all cultures and cuisines. We are happy to have Ryan as one of our tour guides and mixologists.

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Bar Harbor, Orlando Tour Guide

Chloe Hatcher

Chloe is no stranger to the hospitality industry having worked with a dinner attraction inthe Orlando area before working for the cruise ship industry in Maine. There she was a guide and eventually in charge of operations for Intercruises Shoreside and Port Services providing excursions for the cruise ship passengers arriving in Bar Harbor. She moved to Orlando in 1973 and after a few years in Maine full time, Chloe is happy to be back home in Central Florida! She enjoys substitute teaching at Lake Highland Preparatory School, cooking, reading, needlework and Pickleball. But most of all, she is happiest when spending time with the grandchildren! The preparation and sharing of food has been a huge part of her life and we are extremely proud to have Chloe as one of our seasoned tour guides.

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Boston Tour Guide

Roberta Allison

Roberta is an Associate Professor of Hospitality Management at MassBay Community College. Prior to teaching at MassBay she taught at Newbury College in Brookline where many of her students were culinary arts majors. She loves visiting the restaurants of her graduates. Roberta and her business partner have a small mystery shopping business. They specialize in evaluating hospitality operations. She gained experience working for Legal Seafood and loves Boston seafood and cooking.

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NYC Tour Guide

Badari Ambatti

Badari Ambatti is a leader in the field of Team Building and Professional Development Training. He has demonstrated a history of working in the education and corporate industry. He's skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Team building, Coaching, Leadership Development, Service Learning, Conflict Resolution, and Instructional Design Techniques. These skills help him successfully manage the unexpected and work/life balance. He is also a strong business development professional with a background in Senior Leaders Programming For Nonprofit Professionals focused in Executive Education from Columbia University - Columbia Business School.

His work powerfully impacts critical areas such as team dynamics, task management, member’s roles, leadership styles, communication, and clear goal-setting, which increase team efficiency in the workplace. His program design and work also impacts each participant in the areas of personal and professional growth, while highlighting trust and respect as the cornerstones to individual and team success.

Badari's background includes 22+ years of employment with Outward Bound and other experience based training and development organizations.

What We Do Group Tours, Culinary Events & Classes

If you work for a DMC, cruise line, receptive tour operator, hotel, travel agency, shore excursion/tour company and have a group coming into one of our nearby cities, please contact us for a quote for a customized group proposal. We welcome the opportunity to curate new culinary tours and experiences for our clients as well. Please ask how we may best serve your needs.

Who We Are Passionate Foodies

We are food and wine aficionados who have turned our love and passion for all things food and wine into a thriving business. Groups book us for team building activities – food tours, wine tastings, cooking classes, mixology classes, scavenger hunts. They also book us for client appreciation events, milestone birthday celebrations, bachelorette parties, and community outings. Companies coming into one of the destination cities we service for conventions offer our tours/experiences to their participants and/or their spouses looking to do something in addition to the usual golfing or fishing excursion.

What Sets Us Apart…

  • Prompt and courteous response every time
  • Pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional custom curated experience for each client (no cookie cutter one tour-fits-all mentality)
  • Network of trained, seasoned industry professionals from the hospitality industry
  • For larger groups we utilize Whisper brand each pieces on our walking tours so every participant can clearly hear their guide no matter where they are standing in relation to their guide. 50+ years' combined experience in the hospitality industry.
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Food, Wine & Spirits

  • Food Tours
  • Cooking Classes
  • “Chopped” Style Cooking Competition 
  • Wine Tastings
  • Wine Etiquette Classes
  • Highway to Hops Brewery Tours
  • Perfect Pairings Experiences : Wine & Chocolate or Cheese, Craft Beer, Tequila, Bourbon
  • Mixology Classes
  • Mix & Munch
  • Paint & Sip Parties
  • High end experiences
  • Chocolate Genius, Champagne & Caviar

Classes & Workshops

  • Cooking Classes
  • Wine Etiquette Classes
  • Mixology Classes
  • Aromatherapy Workshops
  • Tea Workshops
  • Magic Classes

Team Building

  • Photo Scavenger Hunts
  • “Chopped” Style Cooking Competition 

Other Activities

  • Art Walks
  • Segway Tours
  • Paint & Sip Parties
  • Magic Performance & Classes

Kind Words From Our Clients

V. Zingarelli
Savor Our City Foodie

What wonderful fun we’re having these first few months of the year. When things get challenging, as they sometimes do, remember that your work brings people together and creates new friendships!!#IlovewhatIdo!!

Barbara
Savor Our City Foodie

It is usually difficult to please everyone on a group tour, but in this case, Denise succeeded admirably. Every single one of us (11 women) had a fabulous time during our 3-hour culinary & downtown tour. From the sampling of scrumptious food dishes in various restaurants to hearing all the interesting historical facts about Delray Beach to the tour of the Sundy House gardens, we all agreed that the time spent together had been perfect.

P. Huber
Savor Our City Foodie

I enjoyed an wonderful evening in Delray’s Pineapple Grove with Denise Righetti’s Savor Our City Tours. I went with a friend of mine and we met some interesting new people from the local area that were on the tour. We enjoyed food and wine from four different restaurants and a wine bar, tasted olive oil and frozen yogurts. We were driven on the Downtowner after our visit to Artist Alley.