We do things a little differently.
We are food experts who believe in the power of storytelling.
We create awesome experiences that are fun, informative, and delicious.
We connect history, culture, and community with food.
We support exceptional local restaurants and food vendors.
We foster curiosity by spotlighting unexpected places and underserved neighborhoods.
And, above all else, we believe that the world is a good place with good people in it.
Akila McConnell Founder/Chief Eating Officer
kila McConnell is the founder, owner, and Chief Eating Officer of Atlanta Food Walks. She is also a food and travel writer who focuses on making local food in unexpected neighborhoods accessible to all.
Much to her delight, a lot of people like to call her a “food and travel expert,” including Conde Nast Traveller, USA Today, Yahoo.com, and About.com. She has written for numerous print and online publications, including National Geographic books, Wandr’ly, the Food Traveler’s Handbook, Atlanta Parent magazine and her own blog The Road Forks.
Akila grew up in Alabama and has lived in Atlanta for over 10 years. In between, she spent three full years traveling across the world, eating and writing about the world’s best markets, restaurants, and food tours. Akila spends most of her free time meandering through farmer’s markets and cooking with her toddler (who refuses fish nuggets in favor of locally smoked North Georgia trout).
David Flowers Culinary Storyteller
avid Flowers is a recovering trial lawyer who has spent most of his life in South Carolina. He loves to travel and is close to completing two bucket list items: all fifty states and all 54 National Parks. He has recently spent time on the island of Kauai where he was a tour guide at the National Tropical Botanical Garden. He returned to the mainland to welcome his first two grandchildren to the world.
Alaina Shapiro Culinary Storyteller
laina Shapiro is a native Georgia peach. She was born in Dekalb County, raised in Gwinnett near Stone Mountain Park, and graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta with a degree in Journalism, Public Speaking, and Public Relations. She has been an events planner and consultant for over 10 years working with Emory University and many other charitable organizations, including helping raise over $150,000 for local non-profit organizations to bring awareness for childhood cancer.
Alaina joined the Atlanta Food Walks team because she loves being a local expert for food and fun in her city. She is always on the go, exploring all the attractions Atlanta has to offer, from sporting events to new restaurants to wine tastings and concerts.
Jennifer Tyler Culinary Storyteller
She was born in England but grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, and has made her home in the city. In addition to being a Georgia girl, she is a classically trained Chef and a University of Georgia alum with degrees in Culinary Arts and a degree in Communications. She is always trying a new recipe, or trying out a new restaurant on her never-ending list. Jennifer believes that good company and good food are some of life’s simplest and greatest pleasures.
Joy Warren Culinary Storyteller
Joy grew up in Virginia Beach but loves the energy, opportunity, and history of Atlanta. She enjoys meeting new people, and making people laugh and feel loved, because hospitality is not just a southern thing: it’s a way of life!
Ashley Young Culinary Storyteller
After earning her Master’s Degree in Education at Clemson University, Young went on to live her dreams as a servant leader to advance the lives of others. She is currently a College Counselor and has been helping first-generation college students prepare for and transition to college for the past eight years. When Young is not busy leading food tours, you can find her training for a road race, finding a new kale smoothie recipe, or exploring local restaurants in Atlanta.