Kerri Linder, Founder
Born and raised in Columbia, Kerri Linder is a self-professed foodie who founded Columbia Culinary Tours. Kerri has had a lifelong interest in cooking, experimenting with new flavors, and enjoying new dishes in various restaurants throughout her hometown and while traveling. She has watched Columbia’s landscape and food scene evolve into the “small town metropolis” that it is today.
Kerri and her husband, Chad, both graduates of the University of Missouri, chose to raise their four kids in Columbia and have never regretted that decision. After going on culinary tours while traveling, Kerri realized that Columbia restaurants have food that is just as good, if not better, than vacation destination cities known for their restaurants.
Columbia Culinary Tours was created in 2014 out of Kerri’s passion for good food, love of meeting new people and pride in her hometown. Columbia is a constantly growing city and the time is right to introduce locals and visitors alike to the amazing flavors offered in its history rich downtown area. Kerri is now writing a book about iconic restaurants in Columbia which will be promoted soon!
Jim McNeil, Owner and Tour Guide
Jim is a Columbia native who is a proud graduate of Hickman High School and the University of Missouri. Jim’s passion for the hospitality industry was cultivated while graduating with a Hotel and Restaurant Management Degree. After college he helped open up a restaurant and worked in a local hotel. Having those experiences has made Jim more excited to show off his hometown and all that it has to offer. Jim and his wife Tina took over ownership of CCT in 2018 and have two beautiful children, Jack and Molly. Jim’s energy is truly contagious and will be sure to make you laugh while you have an amazing adventure around downtown Columbia.
Hannah Wansing, Tour Guide
As a Columbia resident for the last 14 years, Hannah has had the pleasure of discovering Columbia’s best food and drink for some time! Moving to Columbia in 2004 to attend Mizzou, the hospitality industry quickly pulled her in. Hannah worked in several of Columbia’s restaurants, bartending through undergrad and grad school at one of the best restaurants in town. Once she graduated with her Masters in Counseling, she decided it was time to join the professional forces and currently works as a Home Loan Consultant Team Lead for Veterans United. Her passion for discovering new places and supporting local bars and restaurants will shine as she shows you around the town she loves.
Joe Knight, Tour Guide
Joe is a Columbia native who is a proud graduate of Hallsville High School and the University of Missouri. Joe’s passion for good food began as a student at Mizzou, but expanded exponentially while spending five years in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis food scene gave Joe a new appreciation for a great dining experience. Having those experiences has made him want to show off Columbia and all that it has to offer. Joe and his wife Miriam love the central Missouri area and want to see it thrive. Joe would love to include you on a tour soon to show off downtown Columbia!