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Owner Nick Peña guiding a tour of Albuquerque

Owner Nick Peña guiding a tour of Albuquerque

Growing up in Santa Fe, I was immersed in food, art, and the New Mexican culture for as long as I can remember.  Family would come in to town to visit and my mother and grandmother would take us around eating great food, sipping well crafted margaritas, and enjoying the beautiful history and sites that Santa Fe has to offer. This inspired a life eager to share my amazing state with the world!

Prior to graduating from the University of New Mexico in 2007 with a bachelor of fine arts, I had the opportunity to make my way through Europe art in Italy, London and France. My senior year I had the honor of interning under fresco muralist Fredrico Vigil at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and as an undergrad I participated  in the Land Arts of the Southwest Graduate program provided by UNM. Post graduation, I found a job as the assistant gallery director on Canyon Road and worked there for some time before being introduced to the Food Tour industry.  I fell in love with the concept and almost over night, Food Tour New Mexico was born.

The first tour opened in May of 2011 in Santa Fe and focused on a New Mexican inspired progressive lunch combined with a sightseeing tour.  Since then, I have launched 7 tours with different themes between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  In that short time Food Tour New Mexico won the certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor for the last 4 years straight and has become the #1 Culinary tour in New Mexico, the #1 Walking tour in Santa Fe, and #6 overall tour in Santa Fe based on TripAdvisor customer reviews.  Most recently, we launched a progressive wine pairing dinner tour called Savor Santa Fe that is proving to be a hit! 

In all, I was inspired to create a new and creative way to teach people about the heart and soul of New Mexico by feeding minds and hearts through passion, culture, and food!

Salud!

Nicholas Peña

 

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