Meet the Team

Theresa Nemetz

Founder & Chief Experience Officer

Hostess with the Mostess #1
‘Never Say Never’ Gal

Favorite MKE Bites: Sciortino’s Bakery for tutu cookies, Canfora for spumoni cookies – is there any question why the Christmas Around Bakery Bus is my favorite?

Favorite MKE Custard: Any historic stand for vanilla custard because why discriminate?

Favorite MKE Brew: I prefer a wine & truffle pairing from Indulgence Chocolatiers over a brew.

After a trip to New York and a chance encounter with a food tour, I returned to Milwaukee to create Milwaukee Food & City Tours in 2008. I was inspired to do so by my great-grandparents, Guiseppi and Rosa, who 100 years ago immigrated to Milwaukee from Santa Flavia, Sicily. Milwaukee has a rich Italian, German, Irish and Polish immigrant history, and it is an honor to be able to share the stories of the exceptional immigrants that brought our city to life to our tour attendees. 

I am a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), an alumna of Future Milwaukee, a 40 Under Forty by the Milwaukee Business Journal, and have served as a culinary speaker at a number of tourism-related conferences. We even won the Governor’s Rising Star in Tourism Award and were awarded the inaugural DearMKE award by VISIT Milwaukee. And then, 15 years in, the pandemic happened. We pivoted during the pandemic to not only survive but thrive. We launched a gift box operation that we now call Delicious Food Delivered to bring local businesses to doorsteps nationwide and helped so many small businesses in the process, and acquired Chicago Food Tours so that we can continue the tradition and operate one of the oldest food tours in the nation. I continue to learn about tourism each and every day, and always try to have my finger on the pulse of what is happening in tourism on a global and national basis. My dream is to be the first tour operator to bring self-driving technology to tourism in the Midwest. 

Jacalyn Gillis

Director of Operations

Hostess with the Mostess #2
The Milwaukee Expert
Pandemic Chaos Coordinator
Professional Problem Solver

Favorite MKE Bites: Steamed Pork Buns from Braise in the Fifth Ward; Fried Chicken from Tandem; Friday Fish Fry at Company Brewing.

Favorite MKE Sweets: The Seasonal Pastries at Miss Molly’s.

Favorite Milwaukee Beer: Motto from Good City Brewing.

Favorite MKE Custard: Chocolate with their signature wafer cookies at Kopp’s Frozen Custard.

When I spied a job posting for Milwaukee Food and City Tours in the Fall of 2017, I knew this was the job for me. My passions are food and travel. I love sharing our wonderful city with tourists and locals every day. I work with our outstanding public tours, making sure the restaurants, buses, and tour guides are all ready to welcome our visitors and show them a fabulous time.

I’m a born and raised Milwaukean. After traveling the world in college, I decided there was no place like Milwaukee. My husband Lann and I live in Wauwatosa with our pups, Kirby and Gus. When we’re not eating our way through the city; we like to see Wisconsin via bike and explore new cities around the world. On a typical Saturday morning you can find us at the nearest farmers market!

 I often describe Milwaukee as “Small-waukee.” It’s an honor to get to work with and introduce so many Milwaukee partners featured on our tours to our tour attendees, and such a joy to develop relationships with our many repeat tour attendees. Our goal is that each guest walks away with the best impression and an understanding of why this is our home. As we continue to grow, and add overnight and international trips to our offerings, we are excited to invite others to travel with us to discover this same sense of place in Wisconsin and beyond.

Caitlin Weitzel

Custom Tour Visionary & Trip Planner

Hostess with the Mostess #3
Digital Nomad

Favorite MKE Bites: Sciortino’s Bakery for cannoli (or as my mom calls them, “holy cannoli”), The Soup Market for the African Peanut Soup.

Favorite Milwaukee Beer: Lakefront Brewery for the Brandy Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Milwaukee Brewing Company for the Weekend at Louie’s.

Favorite MKE Custard: Palermo Lemon at Kopp’s Frozen Custard.

I was hooked on Milwaukee Food & City tours in the fall of 2014 when a friend sent me a job posting for a Christmas caroling tour guide weekend gig. I instantly applied; fast forward three Christmas seasons, and here I am as that happy singing elf on the Christmas Lights & Desserts tour!

For the four years, I have been serving as the Custom Tour Visionary & Trip Planner, or jack-of-all-trades! I work with all of our private and custom tours to ensure that each one is special. I also plan our trips from Milwaukee to other places beyond our city. My favorite moments include working on special anniversary tours, welcoming group travelers from all over the country, and escorting an overnight trip to Amish country in Indiana.  It has been inspiring to work with partners all over Milwaukee to show of this very delicious city.

I moved to Milwaukee in 2011 for graduate school and a job at Marquette University and have called it home ever since. My husband Greg and I lived in West Allis with our overly spoiled rescue dog and our beautiful daughter. Recently we hit the road to work remotely from an RV while hiking and camping the best national parks in the country. Although my scenic view may be different each day, my heart is in the many breweries, restaurants and festivals of my favorite Milwaukee.

Quincy Kissack

Experience Director

Hostess with the Mostess #4
The Woman with Wanderlust

Favorite MKE Bites: Fried brussel sprouts from Blue Bat Tequilaria, sushi from Thainamite, duck carbonara (ideally on a pasta flight!) from Dorsia.

Favorite MKE Custard: Easy – a classic scoop of vanilla from Leon’s! Bonus points if it’s in a root beer float.

Favorite Milwaukee Brew: Bring me an iced lavender or maple latte from any of our best local coffee shops year round. My personal favorites are Sip & Purr, Stone Creek, Valentine, or Hawthorne. As for beer, I’m always happy to crack open a Cream City Brix from Enlightened Brewing Company or Oatmeal Stout from Milwaukee Brewing Co.

I’m what most people would call an “adventurous eater.” In fact, I might even be TOO adventurous (let’s just say I’ve had to ask for a doctor via Google Translate more than once). The point is that I love food and travel and eating really amazing food while I travel. When I saw the opportunity to take a job doing that for others through Milwaukee Food & City Tours I knew it was meant to be!

Born and raised a Wisconsinite, I grew up on a farm near the Dells and went to college in Green Bay. I’ve always had wanderlust and wanted to explore the world. I managed to visit 26 countries by the time I was 26, featuring stints living in Italy, Washington D.C., and Kuwait, but Wisconsin kept calling me home. When I moved to Milwaukee in 2018 to work in higher education and run a food pantry, I had no idea that I’d fall in love with the city. Now, I rave about the small town feel with big city amenities, the thriving local businesses, and of course, the restaurant scene!

When I’m not traveling abroad or out and about in Wisconsin’s best city, I’m at home snuggled up with my cat named Gary and a good book. On weekends, I love trying new brunch places, exploring locally-owned greenhouses, visiting Farmers’ Markets, and going on scenic hikes across the state. I can’t wait to share the best of my city with you!

Melissa Wanke

Destination Specialist

Hostess with the Mostess #5

Favorite MKE Bites: Any burger and fries with a bloody Mary from Sobelman’s hits the spot every time 

Favorite Milwaukee Brew: Lakefront Brewery for a pint of their Wisconsinite or Fixed Gear and when the time is right a Raspberry Nimbus is quite tasty

When Milwaukee Food and City Tours was looking for tour guides after the pandemic, I thought it would fit in perfectly with my lifestyle. Little did I know I would be hooked and reeled in to become the Destination Specialist and working behind the scenes. I should have had a sense that behind the scenes was a better fit as I have spent the majority of my career working in theater as a Stage Manager. 

Born and raised in Wisconsin and attending a University of Wisconsin school, I obtained my degree in Theater Arts. Throughout my theater life, I have lived in a few other states working for larger theater companies but found my way home at the end of 2008. I picked up work at a variety of theaters here in Milwaukee, but also Door County which include First Stage, Door Shakespeare, Optimist Theater and the Milwaukee Rep. Working behind the scenes has always been a love of mine and I have been grateful for all of the opportunities. 
 
I reside in Milwaukee with my pup, Loki. We keep each other company and explore the outdoors in the summer and snuggle together in the winter. I am fortunate most of my family is still in Wisconsin and travel to see them often. There are so many beautiful sites to see and food to taste in Milwaukee, it is an adventure every day. 

Wade Nemetz

Official Taste Tester
Keeper of the Green Chariots
Proud CDL Card Holder & Bus Driver

Favorite MKE Bites: Caradaro Club for Milwaukee-style thin-crust SMO pizza.

Favorite MKE Beer: Any hidden gem featured on our Craft Brewery & Cocktails tour.

It was during a food tour in New York City while sampling falafel that I told Theresa that a food tour would be a great way to show off Milwaukee’s neighborhoods too! She returned to Milwaukee, started researching neighborhood history and restaurants, and the rest as they say, is history. Not only does Milwaukee Food & City Tours show off Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, but focuses on showing off Milwaukee’s hidden gems on each of our tours. Seeking out the first pizzeria ever licensed in not only Milwaukee, but Wisconsin? Come on the Pizza Bus. Want to have the most authentic tamale in town? Join the Tacos & Tequila tour. Looking a classic Milwaukee tavern experience? Hop on the Pre-Prohibition Historic Bar Tour

Enzo & Rose Nemetz

Directors of Work/Life Balance
Budding Foodies
Future Tour Guides

Milwaukee Food & City Tours is truly a family affair, with Enzo and Rose serving as our Directors of Work/Life Balance. We love exploring Milwaukee and seeing the city through the eyes of our children, exploring our amazing park system while relaxing at one of the many beer gardens, playing at great museums or along the spectacular lakefront, and taking classes at treasures such as the Milwaukee County Zoo and Schlitz Audubon. Our budding foodie, Enzo, is already a VPN pizza connoisseur like his daddy, and has yet to meet a mussel he hasn’t loved. Our Tour Guide in Training, Rose, already co-lead her first tour at a mere 6-weeks old with momma and received TripAdvisor 5-star reviews for being all things adorable. We anxiously awaited her first word, hopeful that perhaps it would be our favorite – “Milwaukee,” but it turned out to be our second favorite word, “pizza.”

Tour Guides

Storytellers. Educators. Leaders. Logistics Managers. Masters of Flexibility. Navigators. History Lovers. Public Speakers. These are the qualities of our award winning team of tour guides that will have you discovering the sights and savoring the flavors of Milwaukee’s most historic neighborhoods and delicious eateries!

Our team includes professional photographers who lead our Photo Walk from behind a camera lens; cooks and home brewers showcasing Milwaukee’s cuisine and craft industries, and educators and lovers of history showing off the sights of Milwaukee. We are proud of two pieces of commentary often provided by our attendees, “I’ve lived here my entire life and never explored Milwaukee like I did today,” and “I was expecting a tasting but this was a full meal!” Whether you are a Milwaukeean, visiting the city on your own or traveling as part of a group, you will not be disappointed.

Want to Work For Us?

Do you have a strong appreciation for Milwaukee? Do you have a high energy and confidence level and can lead tours in a witty and intelligent fashion? Do you have an ability to communicate and interact well with others? We’re always in search of excellent tour guides. If you answered YES to these questions and have a passion for food or photography, you may be the ideal candidate to join our team! To apply, please send a letter of interest and qualifications to theresa@milwaukeefoodtours.com

Donation Requests

If you work or volunteer for an area non-profit, we invite you to request a gift card to be used as an auction item or raffle prize. Please email info@milwaukeefoodtours.com with the request on letterhead. Be sure that the request includes the tax-identification number of the non-profit in addition to the mailing address for where the gift card should be sent. Please note that phone calls are not encouraged – your organization will receive a response in your mailbox from us within 14 days of receipt of request.

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