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, Co-Founder
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.
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.
ALEENA INTHALY, Tour Guide Extraordinaire
While some kids sneaked out of the house to go to concerts with their friends, Aleena was sneaking out of the house to go eat dinner at her neighbors homes. It wasn’t because her mom’s food was bad, it was just that she was always curious about the stories behind each meal she ate and the significance of bringing people closer together with food. That curiosity would later spark a passion for cooking and following the exciting flavors of the world in any way she can.
Inspired by her love for food and travel, she spent time working on international exchange programs in Moldova, Thailand, Turkey, and India. She returned back to DC to become more involved with immigrant communities in the area, specifically the Lao community. Aleena’s main passion in life is to connect people through conversations of memories, history, culture, and the traditions that come with each dish created.
DYLAN PROCTOR, Tour Guide Extraordinaire
Dylan joined the Carpe DC team as a Tour Guide in 2018. A childhood spent across the American West sparked an early and lifelong passion for tasting the delicious diversity of regional culinary traditions in the United States. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 2011 where he worked his way up as a cook to become a charcutier and sausage maker for some of the city’s most popular restaurants.
Dylan moved to Georgetown in 2016 to pursue a doctorate in African history. Never one to stray too far from the kitchen, he eagerly explores the DC restaurant scene and continues to ply his skill as a sausage maker. As a tour guide, he thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to share the unique global history that has shaped food in the District to this day.
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.