Owner and Chief Tasting Officer
A self-proclaimed chocoholic, Samantha has an insatiable appetite for meeting new people, traveling to far off lands, and continually learning. She started this business, initially called Colorado Springs Food Tours, in May 2010 with her mom, Karen Kelley, after becoming disenchanted with her boring desk job. This leap of faith propelled her into figuring out the odds and ends of being an entrepreneur, becoming a voice for local businesses, and finding ways to give her guests the best customer service she could possibly provide. She’s traveled extensively throughout the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia.
In May 2015, she received her MBA in Innovation Management from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and also holds a degree in Business Marketing and Professional Writing from the same school. Samantha was named the Leadership Pikes Peak Emerging Leader of the Year and a Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star in 2014.
Operations Manager and Tour Leader
Noel is a Kentucky native who now calls Colorado Springs home. She has traveled the world to sample as much delicious food (and wine!) it has to offer! Having visited many culinary hot spots within the U.S. and abroad, she has developed her palate for exciting eats and delectable drinks.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky (Go CATS!) Noel has spent over a decade honing her administrative expertise and, more recently, cultivating a knack for strategic marketing. Working with Rocky Mountain Food Tours truly allows both her personal and professional interests to coincide, making Noel one ecstatic foodie!
Roger watched the food scene develop as he grew up here in Colorado Springs. Mom taught him how to prepare family favorites, and Dad showed him how to grill. Being a short order cook got him through college, and later he had the opportunity to travel and experience BBQ from Kansas City, delicious frozen custard in St. Louis, and blackened red fish in New Orleans. Thrilled with the possibilities of food, Roger threw himself into attempting new dishes of his own. Today, he is a published author and loves to share the history of Colorado Springs while feeling pride in how our city is attracting and fostering epicurean delights around every corner. Roger looks forward to exploring the downtown food scene with you!
Rochelle is a desert rat from Arizona with a penchant for seasons. Her food journey started later in life when her husband informed her that Tostitos lime chips were not, in fact, a wholesome breakfast food. She turned to Food Network and Alton Brown taught her about food in a language she understood. Pretty soon her newfound love of food and the city she adores were married, and finding that next local eatery has become quite the hobby.
This wife, mother, friend and foodie believes that food is an equalizer designed to bring people together and looks forward to sharing her beautiful city with you over some good local fare.