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About Us

Go Beyond the Plate!

At Beyond the Plate, our mission is to foster community and connection through food, highlighting NJ’s diverse and delicious food scene in a fun and exciting way.

Previously Jersey Girls Food Tours, we’ve been touring Jersey City since 2013, expanding to Red Bank, Somerville and Princeton in the last few years.

Come discover and share the stories BEYOND THE PLATE!

Meet our Founder

Alessia Aron

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Chief Eating Officer and Tour Guide

Like most college graduates, Alessia dabbled in various fields of work after graduating from Rutgers University. She moved from New Brunswick to Jersey City and was a star saleswoman at both Hale and Hearty Soups and Yelp Inc. Despite success, she realized this wasn’t the career path she wanted. She took some time to travel and upon her return, held various jobs at restaurants in the NYC/JC area, learning more and more about the food industry. Alessia always wanted her own business and after almost three years in Jersey City (and a whole lot of restaurant jobs and persistence), she decided there was no better place and no better way to incorporate her love of food than to start a food tour company. Her favorite part is being able to build lasting relationships with restaurant owners and create memorable dining experiences for guests of JGFT. When she isn’t frequenting the best local restaurants or foodie events, you can catch her planning her next dream vacation, cooking for her family & friends, or guest writing for local blogs. Her favorite cuisine is Peruvian and she’s most inspired by her sister’s creative and sustainable approach to cooking delicious farm-to-table food.

Favorite Food: One of my favorite things I’ve ever had were these beautiful white anchovies in vinegar I found while in Malta! I dream about them often. And since I have a sweet tooth, Italian rainbow cookies or Sicilian Casatelle. No one does pastries like Sicily!

Meet Our Tour Guides

Alex Red Bank Tour Guide & Ambassador

Alex has done it all in the food world, from fast food to fine dining to food blogging. Now she gives food tours! When she’s not guiding tours, Alex is working her day job in the nonprofit world or trying new restaurants all over NJ, especially her home turf of Monmouth County.

Favorite Food:  “Pizza, pizza, pizza! I’m a pro-pineapple pizza kind of gal.”

Follow Alex @Alexcait

Jonny Jersey City Tour Guide

Jonny has always found comfort in food, discovering it to be the fastest and most profound way to learning about a people and their culture. He spent time living in New York, Boston, Israel, and New Orleans, where he honed in on his passion for food, working in venerable establishments like Commander’s Palace and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Jonny frequently travels and has been to over 30 countries, tasting everything from camel to kielbasa. During the day, Jonny is in charge of restaurant growth for a food delivery startup, STADIUM. He also owns his own culinary itinerary business called Your Global Foodie.

Favorite Food:  “I love pizza more than anything ever, but I also love shrimp rice noodle rolls.”

Follow Jonny @yourglobalfoodie

Melissa Somerville Tour Guide

Living in a multi-cultural house has meant getting to experiment with different menus, combining European and Latin American cuisines. Melissa’s week is spent working at her local chamber and tourism bureau or finding the great places to hike with a great bite and a drink afterwards.

Favorite Food:  “I’m obsessed with tacos, but I’ll never turn down steamed clams.”

Follow Melissa: @centraljerseyfoodies

Kyle Jersey City Tour Guide

Kyle takes ownership of the word FOODIE. He’s eating, cooking, recommending, filming, and always talking food. When he was three years old and he wanted eggs for breakfast, he showed his dad how to cook him some eggs. He’s a Jersey boy through and through and in high school he started to work at a deli and master the art of a perfect sandwich, specifically a Taylor Ham Egg and Cheese (not pork roll). Currently residing in Jersey City, he’s continued his love of food by; exploring the cities diverse food scene, traveling through the continental U.S., Europe, Thailand, as well as starting a podcast called Foodie Films!

Favorite Food: “Sandwiches for sure. They’re the food of the people. They can be simple, they can be complicated, but first ya gotta have good bread.”

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Interested in a Private Tour?

Every tour is unique and custom to our clients. We work with over 65 restaurants in Jersey City, Red Bank, Somerville, & Princeton, and pride ourselves on delivering a one-of-a-kind culinary experience you’ll never forget.