Private & Custom Tours


Looking for a fun day out in the city?  Plan your next outing with Knoxville Food Tours, awarded Service Supplier of the Year by the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association and hosted by Paula Johnson, local historian and author of Lost Restaurants of Knoxville.

Our Custom or Private Tours are offered 7 days a week on a flexible schedule, based on availability, and are the perfect activity for private or larger groups such as:

Corporate Team Building 

Employee Appreciation 

Conference & Convention Attendees 

Neighborhood Associations

Club Meetings

Church Groups

Ladies Luncheons

Girls Day Out

Family Reunions

Birthday Celebrations

Bridal Bachelorette Parties 

Wedding Parties

Holiday Parties 

Anniversary Celebrations

Date Night

Our special events are priced per person and will vary depending on length, special requests, and number of guests.  

Current Custom & Private Offerings:

Our Original Food Tour, Est.2010

Enjoy a guided history tour through the city along with food tastings at multiple different restaurants - enough for a meal and more for most.  This is a great activity for any age group.  About one mile walking – the downtown area is also wheelchair accessible.

Lunch & Learn with Guided History Tour

Working with a more limited budget?  Our Lunch & Learn includes a walking guided history tour of the city paired with a nice lunch at one location.

Lunch & Learn Lost Restaurants of Knoxville

This new offering includes Paula’s presentation on her new book, Lost Restaurants of Knoxville, a copy of the book for each guest, and a nice lunch at one location.

Bus Tours

Coming into town by bus or planning on renting one?  Paula is an experienced step on bus guide and can host your group on a driving history tour with interesting food stops around town.  Price will vary depending on the length and number of food stops.

While the majority of our events take place in Downtown Knoxville, we do also offer tours in other interesting neighborhoods such as the Bearden District and Downtown North.

These are driving tours and are perfect for those with limited mobility or difficulty walking long distances.

The District in Bearden is a premier destination for food, art, and fashion.  After your tour in the Bearden District, stay and explore the neighborhood further by visiting upscale boutiques, vintage and antique shops, art galleries, the Everly Brothers Park, or enjoy a drive through nearby scenic and exclusive Sequoyah Hills to enjoy beautifully designed homes, river views and Papoose Park's mix of Art Deco and Native American lore.

Old North Knoxville is the fastest growing area of the city.  New life has come to this former industrial area in the form of specialty food shops, unique restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, juice bars, and craft beer breweries, in addition to vintage shops and gentrified homes in one of Knoxville's first street car neighborhoods.