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About Ithaca is Foodies

Since grade school we've both had a love for food. Sarah found numerous ways to eat for class credit - including a statistics project on the freshness of french fries when ordered at different times throughout the day. Seth fell in love with making homemade pasta - which fed aspirations to open a build-your-own pasta bar.

As adults we also fell in love with Ithaca: the gorges, the community... and the food! We embraced our hometown by spending many nights reveling in the variety of restaurants located all over the city, bringing old friends and new residents along so they could enjoy the abundance of locally-sourced ingredients and diverse cuisine just outside our door.

Today we curate and lead tours as Ithaca is Foodies. We draw on a combined 28 years of public speaking training, close relationships with our partner establishments, and our undying enthusiasm to bring you a culinary adventure accessible to locals and visitors alike. We cannot wait to bring you out with us!

Sarah and Seth, Co-Owners

Meet The Founders

Sarah Headshot

Sarah Barden

Owner & Guide

Favorite Warm Weather Activity: A tie between ultimate frisbee (I play in the local rec league) and hiking new trails.

Favorite Cold Weather Activity: Tabletop games – with charcuterie and cheese boards to snack on, of course!

Seth in Acadia National Park

Seth Wraight

Owner & Guide

Favorite Warm Weather Activity: Relaxing around a campfire.

Favorite Cold Weather Activity: Tabletop game marathons.

Meet Our Team

Cathy Shipos

Tour Guide