Otehlia Cassidy founded Madison Eats Food Tours in 2012 as a way of connecting people to each other and the food in their neighborhoods.  

"There's a lot of richness of diversity in our community, and food tours are one way to connect people to that," said Cassidy, who works with locally owned restaurants and small food artisans. 

Cassidy runs a regular downtown tour around the Capitol Square. Her Willy Street tour runs April-October on Thursday evenings. She's starting a Dane County Farmers' Market tour Wednesday mornings this summer.

A Latino Market Tour is coming up Feb. 23 in Sun Prairie, and Cassidy is making plans for an artisan food tour at Common Wealth Development, a business incubator on the near east side. 

Cassidy also runs a destination tour to Mexico; this year, March 2-10, is sold out but Feb. 22-March 1, 2020, just opened up. She's looking to develop a culinary tour in Cuba. 

"2019 is a year of growth," she said. 

The Atwood Brew and Chew tour ($69/person) is the first tour Cassidy offered, and in large part the businesses have all stayed the same. On a recent chilly day in early February, she took a group of diners to six different spots on the near east side, about 1.5 miles in all.