Food Walks of Texas was established in 2017 as a way to showcase McKinney's fascinating history, amazing foodie scene, and the continuing and exciting revitalization of the historic downtown Square. In the past decade the commercial district in downtown McKinney has exploded offering a large variety of eateries and restaurants with creative and renowned chefs, many of whom are committed to strengthening our local economy and pushing the bounds of the farm-to-table food movement, in addition to numerous unique shops.
Historic downtown McKinney is a true destination - it has one of the oldest thriving historic downtowns in Texas, dating back to 1845. We'll revisit the days of dirt streets and cowboys up through to present day.
On our food tours, we strive to achieve three objectives: sharing our knowledge of the city’s unique history and architecture, introducing you to our valued restaurant partners who are serving tasty eats, and ensuring you have a fun and memorable experience.
Food has always been a love of Lali’s throughout her life as a result of the many locales she has lived in and visited around the globe. Whether it was starting a summer cupcake catering business, competing (and winning!) in local ice cream crank-off contests, obsessing over a celebrity chef or taking culinary courses to gain more knowledge and hone her skills in the kitchen – enjoying a great meal, entertaining with good friends, and exploring new restaurants have always been areas of deep passion and interest. After calling McKinney home for 24 years, Lali realized it offered an ideal setting to combine her entrepreneurial dream of launching a food tour while showcasing her home town’s rich history and great foodie scene. Let’s eat!
Paul loves to eat food – especially the food Lali prepares – and as such is the ideal Co-Founder. He has a passion for both history and meeting people, and never met anyone he didn’t enjoy having a conversation with about any topic. Paul has traveled extensively around the world, tasting an exotic and wide array of foods, providing him with an appreciation for culinary diversity and the enjoyment that accompanies these experiences. Paul takes pride in McKinney, the relationships built with our partners, and this comes through clearly as he warmly welcomes each guest on the tour.