Thank you for the best food tour I’ve ever had! It was a wonderful experience and the perfect way to end my Japantown immersion.
Your knowledge and warmth were really the star of the show. I love the way you engaged everyone in the group and handled everything with style and grace. You are amazing.
- Mary A Charlebois, Fort Bragg, CA
All in all, it was a wonderful experience and a great thing to be able to do with my team.
- Mariah, San Francisco
I LOVE Edible Excursions and think walking exploration tours are such a great way to spend time in San Francisco. I love them so much I have made the tours are regular outing for our "mom's night out". It's perfect; we can get together, spend time catching up but also learning about different neighborhoods in the city. By the end of the evening I will have had the opportunity to connect with each of my friends, get a little exercise, explore part of the city, enjoy some delicious local food (and drink:))and learn from an always engaging and entertaining guide. Thumbs up all around.. I can hardly wait for our next tour.. Mission Street here we come!
- Margaret Romero, Menlo Park
"I like your tours the BEST of those that I have been on in The City. These tours are authentic, genuine, informative and intelligent. They genuinely and sincerely are trying to educate and expand the knowledge and history of this city that I love. They address the BEST of the places they are describing and sharing. I have new experiences and am made aware of places, I would not necessarily choose or experience, and come away enriched. This tour is NOT cliched, but an educational experience. Thanks so much! I am a fan for sure!"
- Mary, San Francisco, CA
"We had a brilliant day. There is no way we would have gotten to those places on our own, or had such ingredients, tastings, and experiences Much appreciated."
- Allan, Melbourne
"I can’t tell you what a great day we had and so enjoyed our Temescal Tastes! Sarah is a GREAT tour leader and introduced us to many great treats hosted by such enthusiastic and talented owners and staff. Congratulations to Lisa and her fine staff for another great experience!"
- Jane, East Bay, CA
Edible Excursions food tours have been lauded locally by the San Francisco Chronicle, Diablo, and KQED’s Bay Area Bites, as well as nationally in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and San Diego Magazine. Our epicurean experiences have also gotten the nod from travel publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Qantas, and Frommers, as well as food outlets like Epicurious. The Mission District tour won a “best of” award from the SF Weekly, and our Temescal Tastes tour was named the "Best Oakland Food Tour You'll Ever Take" by Huffington Post.
Read on to learn more about what the press has to say about Edible Excursions!
California Meetings + Events | Janet Fullwood and Dani Heinemeyer | November 2015
California's cities are so rich in culinary treasures, there aren't enough meals in a day to give visitors a fair taste. Food tours offer a solution, allowing groups to experience a half-dozen or more gastronomic options, while learning about the destination's history and landmarks.
Check, Please! Bay Area | KQED | October 2015
Lisa Rogovin weighs in on her favorite Jewish Deli on Check, Please! Bay Area.
San Jose Mercury News | Mary Orlin | June 2015
Lisa Rogovin's award-winning food tour company runs tours ($68-$119) of San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace, Mission district and Japantown; Oakland's Temescal and Uptown; Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto; and craft cocktail, craft chocolate and other specialty tours.
Huffington Post | Abby Tegnelia | June 2015
Saturdays can be especially crowded during the Farmer's Market, but Edible Excursions comes to the rescue with food tours that offer up samples of all the best treats without having to stand in lines.
Vacation Idea | Vacation Idea Staff | May 2015
Uncover Oakland one bite at a time with a fun-filled foodie tour with Edible Excursions. Uncover Oakland one bite at a time with a fun-filled foodie tour with Edible Excursions.
Diablo Magazine | Amanda Polick | May 2015
If you want to explore, you and Mom may as well fill your bellies along the way. The SF-based culinary tour Edible Excursions has you covered with three different tours and fun treats, including sparkling wine and mimosas.
Gothamist | Jim Gladstone | May 2015
Rogovin—a former staffer at Gourmet magazine who went on to develop epicurean programs for the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco—founded her business just over a decade ago. In the intervening years—for better and for worse—she’s seen food tours proliferate like morel mushrooms after a spring rain. Not just in the Bay Area, but from coast-to-coast
Saveur Magazine | Christine Ciarmello | April 2015
Many may not realize that the Mission District has become a hub for excellent chocolate. Edible Excursions' Craft Chocolate Tour walks you through this neighborhood of caramels, moles, cocoa beans, and chocktails.
Where San Francisco | Rachel Ward | March 2015
These award-winning circuits appeal to locals as well as out-of-towners, stopping at 7-9 hotspots in happening neighborhoods. Follow the in-the-know guides through Japantown, the Ferry Building Marketplace, Uptown Oakland, Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto and more.
amNewYork | Linnea Covington | March 2015
Taking a tour by Edible Excursions ($92 per person) is also a must for food lovers. Tours cover the old-school neighborhood of Temescal and Uptown, two places filled with delicious dining decisions. Sample tastes along the way and then go back for more if you find something you like.
Huffington Post | Paul Krantz | February 2015
Here is where to make all your foodie dreams come true.
San Jose Mercury News | Jackie Burrell | January 2015
Speaking of ginormous chocolate hearts and the impending romantic holiday, Edible Excursions is doing two Valentine's Day tours in San Francisco and no matter which one you choose, you're pretty much guaranteed to sweep your sweetheart off his or her feet. And the prices -- let's just say, you could buy one To'ak chocolate bar or sweep several sweethearts off their feet.
Central Valley Magazine | Nadia Pearl | January 2015
With such innovation at Berkeley's core, it's no surprise the city boasts artisan cuisine, boutique shopping, and a rich performing and visual arts scene.
KQED Bay Area Bites | Shelby Pope | December 2014
Parents coming into town from the Midwest? Edible Excursions will feed them Acme sourdough and Slanted Door spring rolls, then put them on the ferry for a tour of Alcatraz. All tours include plentiful samples, a history lesson on the neighborhood and enough walking to break up the gluttony at least a little.
Overseas Travel International | Kelsey Farabee | November 2014
The food options in San Francisco range from quick, delicious market food to Michelin-starred establishments, with great options in every corner of the city. With so many options, it can be hard for visitors, and even locals, to choose where to go. Enter Edible Excursions.
EatsPorkJew | EatsPorkJew | October 2014
Our experts of choice were the food sherpas over at Edible Excursions who now offer a bar crawl, I mean, walking cocktail tour, to some of San Francisco’s hottest mixology meccas. Our tour started with a brief introduction to Quinn, our resident libation expert, in front of our first stop, Cantina—home of the pisco punch.
Bay Area Bites | Anna Mindess | September 2014
Our group is on a different mission: to trace the edible history of chocolate by sampling its local incarnations (sweet, savory and drinkable) with the help of Lisa Rogovin, founder of Edible Excursions. Her company’s latest tour takes our taste buds on a 3-hour exploration of traditional and innovative chocolate creations that dot San Francisco’s Mission District.
A Fork on the Road | Mark DeCarlo | July 2014
This week Mark and Yeni venture to the city by the bay, San Francisco, to discover the world of food tours and culturally driven neighborhoods. They’ll be talkin’ horchata cupcakes with Brandon from Mission Minis, drinking sweet potato lattes at YanikiQ with Alice from Edible Excursions and Sophia Lorenzi fills us in on a little culinary history.
Group Tour Magazine | Group Tour Media | July 2014
Lisa Rogovin, founder of Edible Excursions, has spent 10 years sharing the California Cuisine movement with groups. Since staring in 2004, she has introduced countless happy travelers to the good tastes found in the farmers markets, artisan shops, slow-food restaurants and culinary hotspots in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.
Edible East Bay | Sam Tillis | Summer 2014
Food tourism is one of the fastest growing travel trends today, and this is not least the case here in the Bay Area, where numerous companies have sprung up to fill the niche. Curious to see what the fuss was about, I signed up for some tours.
Sac Foodies | Amanda Frew | February 2014
Are you looking for a fun and delicious weekend adventure? Look no further than Edible Excursions, an award-winning Bay Area culinary tour company.
USA Today | Gayle Keck | September 2013
Come to San Francisco, and you'll discover that "bite-seeing" is as popular as sightseeing. There's always a new restaurant or food truck to try out, and true fanatics scour social media for pop-up food events as well.
Bay Area Bites | Sarah Henry | July 2013
In today’s New York Times food section Jeff Gordinier checks in with local Edible Excursions owner Lisa Rogovin about what to look for when choosing a food tour here or abroad. Rogovin spent seven years in sales with Gourmet magazine before launching her own food tour company in 2004. She’s been pounding the pavement introducing guests to restaurants, cafes, and food producers in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Marin for the past nine years.
The New York Times | Jeff Gordinier | July 2013
“I usually don’t like tours,” said Lisa Rogovin, the entrepreneur behind a company calledEdible Excursions, which oversees 25 to 40 deep dives, every month, into the diverse food scene of the San Francisco Bay Area. “I really need to know that this is going to be real and authentic. I don’t want to be on a bus. I don’t want to be in a herd of cattle.”
Oakland Magazine | Anna Mindess | March-April 2013
As a food-obsessed, East Bay resident for almost 30 years, I thought I knew all the juicy details of the savory stretch often called the Gourmet Ghetto. On a recent tasting tour of the North Berkeley food scene, served up by Edible Excursions, however, I discovered how much I was missing.
Nosh (Berkeleyside) | Emilie Raguso | February 2013
After a short introduction about the neighborhood, the tour began with shahan ful from Alem’s, light and crispy fish tacos at Cholita Linda and Starter Bakery‘s epic kouign-amann pastry at the Temescal farmer’s market.
Talk 910 - Dining Around | Joel Riddell | February 2013
The stretch of Telegraph Avenue between Berkeley and downtown Oakland has emerged as a richly diverse culinary destination. The Temescal--Oaktown's hipster 'hood--has been lauded locally and by the New York Times for its innovative eats and artsy vibe. Enjoy the flavor of the current culinary scene in this popular neighborhood, meet the food producers behind new hot spots, and sample their signature tastes.
SF Weekly | Mary Ladd | December 2012
A full belly, who could ask for anything more? Gift a healthy dose of living food history with ample chances to nosh via the walking tours from Edible Excursions ($50 to $95). Bonus for the food TV geeks! There's the possible chance to chat in person with TV star chef Preeti Mistry, who occasionally moonlights for the tour company.
Condé Nast | Editor John Newton | November 2011
"You can walk off the calories as you consume them with these walking
tours, which I first learned about through my parents. Edible Excursions
tours visit the restaurants and stores that give the Bay Area its foodie
reputation, but what makes the tours stand out is founder Lisa Rogovin’s
Nichi Bei Weekly | By Tomo Hirai | December 2011
"The tour…aims to connect participants with the local shop owners and
the history of the neighborhood through its cuisine…In three months, Rogovin
combed through the streets and malls of the ethnic enclave to leave almost
no culinary stone unturned…"
Bay Citizen | Tara Duggan | March 2011
"The Bay Area has several culinary epicenters…But if you aren’t yet familiar
with these food meccas, how do you know where to start? A guided tour can
help…I recently tagged along on a tour of North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto
with Edible Excursions…Each stop includes a chat with the owner or an impassioned
employee, and generous tastes or sips…"
Frommers | By Amy Sherman | April 2010
"The Taste of the Mission is an excuse to sample ice cream, donuts, pastries,
and savory snacks in the San Francisco neighborhood that’s known mostly
for its burritos. The tour is a great introduction to the best of 24th
Street, and even includes a guided walk among the murals of Balmy Alley…"
Blogger | A Lady in London | May 2016
"My home city of San Francisco has some of the best food in the world, so it’s hard to know where to start with food tours there. But the good people of Edible Excursions knew just the place: chocolate. Their Craft Chocolate Tour of the Mission took me for everything from Mexican mole at San Jalisco to chocolate cocktails at Mosto.
Along the way we met enterprising locals like the founder of Charles Chocolates, who gave us an inside look at the chocolate scene in San Francisco."
Wastways | QuickEscape | Carolyn Graham | April 2016
"Creative eateries: Berkeley is famous as the birthplace of farm-to-table California cuisine, courtesy of Chez Panisse and its chef and founder Alice Waters. That creative energy has ignited a lively food scene among this neighborhood’s eateries, known collectively as the Gourmet Ghetto. For guidance, we turned to Edible Excursions’ Gourmet Ghetto Tour, a three-hour walking trek that gave our palates a tasty overview, from the house-smoked pastrami sandwich at Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen to the famed potato puffs—imagine if a potato and a hush puppy had a baby—at the casual take-out Grégoire..."