Photos, story by Cassie Hepler
Meet the first Northwest Philadelphia food and culinary tour since 2011, Chew Philly. With tours led by the lovely Elyse Castillo, these tours aren’t just for tourists. You can discover one of the many cultural gems and neighborhoods Philly has to offer. Perhaps you enjoy sampling delicious ethnic foods in historic neighborhood or want a taste of that perfect tomato pie, dip your tongue into decadent cappuccinos or lick ages old ice cream from the best specialty shops in Philly. The walking tours make you feel like you can eat more while you learn about history and architecture while enjoying a scenic stroll.
Castillo’s family moved back to the Northeast in Manayunk as a great place to raise their family. But Chew Philly Food Tours “aren’t about me – the heros are the many deserving eateries featured as our tasting locations,” she said. “I’m proud to say that I was chosen as Philadelphia Family Magazine’s Community Builder of 2017, which was truly an honor. In our 6th season of operation, many of the owners and restaurateurs on our tour have become friends of mine, and I feel well integrated into the threads of the Manayunk & Chestnut Hill districts of Philadelphia. Living AND working in your community makes it feel like home, and I feel very fortunate to have found this with Chew Philly.”