Meet The Riverside Food Tours Team
We can’t help but brag on our incredible team of guides.
You probably have met one or two, but I bet you don’t know some of these amazing facts!
Jackie Bryson has been a tour guide since 2017. Jackie hosts the Cincy Top 10 Sites and Bites tour every Friday as well as the Streetcar and Ethnic Eats Tour. Jackie loves sunshine and spends the winter months at their home in Florida. Jackie and her husband Gary have visited all 50 states. Jackie is a musician and pays flute, piano and sang for several years in the May Festival Chorus. Jackie enjoys volunteering downtown for the Visitor Center, the Over The Rhine Museum, Krohn Conservatory, Shakespeare Theater and Cincinnati Parks. Jackie lives downtown and considers herself a true Cincinnati Ambassador!
David Wolff has been a tour guide since 2017. David hosts the Cincy Top 10 Sites and Bites tour every morning Mon-Thurs and helps out on other tours. David has been an extra in over a dozen feature films shot in the Tri-State, including The Public, Dark Waters and SHIRLEY that just wrapped up. David came up with the concept, researched, wrote, assembled and marketed a Cincinnati Trivia game called “Queen City Trivia”. David loves to share local discoveries with other folks through social media sites. He promotes local restaurants on his social media site #Neverbeencincy. David’s knowledge for architecture is featured on his social media #Explorecincy. David is runner and has run in 20 full marathons and 9 half marathons all over the country! David is the director of a local film festival OutReels Cincinnati.
Beth Palm has been a tour guide since 2019. Beth hosts the Saturday afternoon Cincinnati Streetcar Tour. Beth won a trophy for the highest batting average in girls softball! Beth loves to volunteer – especially for the wine and beer festivals in downtown Cincinnati! Beth has lived in KY her entire life. Beth was chosen as the Elementary School Counselor of the Year for the commonwealth of Kentucky. Beth admits to taking 2 semesters of swimming instruction in college….and still can’t swim!
Jenn Murtland has been a tour guide since 2019. Jenn hosts the Saturday Cincy Brunch tour, the Ethnic Eats tour and the OTR Cocktail tour. Jenn is a downtown resident and enjoys dining out with friends and colleagues several times a week. Jenn is a licensed real estate agent selling in Ohio, Kentucky, and Portugal with Team Synergi/EXP Reality. Jenn loves to travel and has traveled to over 20 countries, has sky-dived 4 times and swam with the sharks in Cape Town South Africa. Jenn was also the bumble bee mascot for Seven Hills High School.
Katie Whitlock has been a tour guide since 2021 and hosts the Cincy Brunch Tour, the OTR Cocktail Tour and Mainstrasse Village Tour and will soon be moving to Over the Rhine. Katie will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Education. Katie plays piano, was in an A Capella group and played field hockey. Katie studied abroad in France during college and has been to 8 countries: Mexico, Canada, Scotland, England, Spain, Poland, Germany, and Lithuania. She is a server at Seasons 52 and is currently working towards the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Exam from the Gallo Wine Academy.
Terry Dean has been a tour guide since 2020. Terry hosts the Cincinnati Streetcar Tour. Terry grew up in Cincinnati and twice moved away but has returned to stay! Terry had a 40 year career in the radio industry which included sales, management and voice work. In addition to guiding tours, Terry recently wrote a book Exceeding Expectations. Terry owns a marketing business that manages media campaigns and produces Whiteboard Animation which he creates himself. Terry and his wife love to travel and have taken Rick Steve’s European tours. Terry says it sets the gold standard for tour guides and is the experience he strives for. Terry enjoys his 3 grandchildren, especially the youngest which he gets to spend the day with every week!
Meet Laura Benedict Noyes, mother of 5 sons. Laura created Riverside Food Tours in 2015. Laura researches the history, creates the tours and itinerary, promotes the business through social media, communicates with every single guest and over 60 restaurant partners in the Greater Cincinnati area. Laura hosted all the tours in the beginning but is grateful for the incredible team that now shares the load! Mike & Laura took a course on ‘How to Start a Food Tour Business’ in Chicago. The rest is history. Laura was a cosmetologist for over 22 years, owned an Herb business, is an Interior Designer and Master Gardener. She and Mike have traveled to Brazil, Argentina, Japan, France, Italy, England, Switzerland and Germany. Mike and Laura have moved 8 times during their 49 years of marriage and now live downtown in OTR. She loves keeping busy with family and friends and meeting new people through the food tours.
Mike Noyes is the CFO of Riverside Food Tours and hosts the Cincy Top 10 and the Mainstrasse Village Tour. Mike, a Chemical Engineer, retired from Procter & Gamble after a long career in Folgers Coffee. His work took him to Asia, Europe and South America to meet with local coffee growers. After retirement, he taught computer classes at a parochial school for 8 years. Mike is a train enthusiast and enjoys working summers at Kings Island as a train conductor. Mike & Laura own an Airbnb in Mainstrasse Village that keeps him busy as well as spending time with family and grandchildren.
Riverside Food Tours host tours 7 days a week. Choose from 10 different neighborhood tours.
Written by Laura Noyes
Owner of Riverside Food Tours