Meet the Team

 

MARY COLLINS
CEO, Chief Curator, Local Champion

Mary co-founded Carpe DC Food Tours in 2014. After traveling all over the world, she realized the beauty of connecting to the local community and the importance of giving back. She has a passion for making the world a smaller place by connecting people to community through stories, culture and of course, food!

Prior to Carpe DC, Mary earned her M.P.A. in nonprofit and international management, worked with a Ugandan-based NGO named Paper to Pearls, children’s shelter For Children’s Sake, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Mary is also a ballerina turned yogi who loves to squeeze in a down dog every chance she gets.  Mary and Stefan had their first daughter a few years ago and are excited to show her the beauty of travel and cultures.

STEFAN WOEHLKE
Chief Heritage Officer, Resident Archaeologist, Master Home Chef

Stefan co-founded Carpe DC Food Tours while getting his phD in Archaeology from the University of Maryland. He has a passion for the intersection of food, history and culture and loves to share his knowledge with others.

He’s an avid, master home chef. Starting at a very young age, he would stand on a chair in the kitchen to help his mom stir.  Now he’s excited to share that love of food with his and Mary’s young daughter, whose first “real” food was Japanese ramen in Okinawa, Japan.

As an archaeologist, he’s worked with countless communities and students on projects, and loves to share untold stories discovered through artifacts and research with the community they’re found in.

 

LAURA PIMENTEL
Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Laura joined the Carpe DC team as a Tour Guide in 2017. Essentially her dream job, Carpe DC combines her love for DC real estate, history, architecture and delicious, local food.

As a real estate agent, Laura considers exploring DC history and culture a requirement of the job. Having lived in the area since 2000, she is passionate about sharing her love of DC with her clients and visitors to the city. As the mom of two energetic boys, she’s always seeking out great parks, trails and museums.

Laura has worked in every neighborhood in DC and loves something about each one, but nothing compares to her own beloved hood of Woodridge in NE DC.

MARISA BALDINE
Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Marisa Baldine is DC Native who joined Carpe DC in 2017. She has spent time worked in food education and urban farming projects in the DC area. Prior to becoming an official tour guide with Carpe DC, she was known to her friends and family as an unofficial guide for years when they visited.

Marisa has also lived and traveled in other cities and countries, but her love for DC always brings her back. Marisa is passionate about connecting people with agriculture and history and excited to share her passion for the city with others.

TIFFANY BASSFORD
Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Tiffany is a Virginia native with a lifelong love for food. She’s lived in Lyon, France and most recently, earned her master’s degree in gastronomy from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Her studies enabled her to travel to Italy, Spain, Thailand, and Japan to study and understand their food systems.

She has returned to D.C. and is passionate about the role of food in connecting people around a table. She believes that the best way to understand people is through food and the stories they share over a common meal. Tiffany is on a mission to make the table a place of passion, joy, and nourishment.

FARRELL PARKER
Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Farrell is an actor, bartender, and local food advocate. She moved to D.C. to explore the burgeoning food scene, following an incredible year as an apprentice at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University, she’s been privileged to know the District working for locally-owned food and beverage businesses including Washington’s Green Grocer, Union Kitchen, Glen’s Garden Market, and Republic Restoratives. A NE D.C. girl at heart, Farrell’s all-time favorite local spot is the U.S. National Arboretum and she’s always on the lookout for the next great cocktail or breakfast sandwich.

DENNELL REYNOLDS
Tour Guide Extraordinaire

Dennell is a D.C. native who spent years studying, working, and eating her way through China and England after college. Though she loves D.C. more than anything, she misses having easy access to Chinese street food.

Dennell loves architecture (especially variations on the classic D.C. rowhouse), history, and exploring neighborhoods by foot or bus. She also works for a civic education nonprofit and treasures the rush of introducing the city’s historical and political ecosystems to high schoolers from around the country. Dennell is always on the hunt for good tea and Asian food in D.C., and also enjoys producing both in her kitchen.