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About Us

Welcome to Charleston Culinary Tours, where every bite tells a story and every dish is a chapter in the rich history of this charming city. Established in 2011 by Guilds Hollowell, a sixth-generation Charleston native, our journey through the flavors of Charleston is steeped in tradition and passion.

Guilds’ roots in Charleston run deep, having grown up in Mount Pleasant in the very house that now stands as the Charles Pinckney National Historical Site. It’s a home that holds tales of the past, where even President George Washington once set foot. Raised amidst the waterways that weave through the Charleston area, Guilds cultivated a connection to the sea, working on tugboats and engaging in the time-honored practices of fishing, crabbing, and shrimping.

A proud alum of Porter-Gaud High School, Guilds fostered lasting relationships with the diverse tapestry of Charleston’s restaurant groups and families. His upbringing and network laid the foundation for what would become Charleston Culinary Tours.

Guilds Hollowell is more than just the founder; he is the heart and soul of our culinary adventure. A natural storyteller, you’ll often find him striking up conversations on the streets, sharing tales of days gone by and the evolution of this historic city. It’s this passion for storytelling that inspired the creation of Charleston Culinary Tours – a desire to ensure that people not only have a good time but also leave with a deeper understanding of Charleston’s vibrant past.

Why a food tour, you ask? Guilds believes there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place than through its food. Each tour is a carefully curated experience, blending the city’s historical charm with its delectable culinary offerings. From hidden gems to renowned establishments, Charleston Culinary Tours takes you on a journey that captures the essence of the Lowcountry.

From its humble beginnings, Charleston Culinary Tours has flourished into the largest and highest-rated food tour company in Charleston. Despite the growth, we remain true to our roots as a family-owned and operated business. Our commitment to providing an authentic, enriching experience has earned us accolades and the loyalty of locals and visitors alike.

Join us as we invite you to savor the flavors, feel the history, and create lasting memories on a Charleston Culinary Tour. Come, indulge in the stories written in every dish, and let us guide you through the culinary treasures of this enchanting Southern city.

Fun group on Charleston Food Tour