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On a public Japantown Tour with Lisa as the guide

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

On the private Mission 18th Street Tour

The tour was GREAT! We were all expecting to have a good time, but everyone was really impressed by just how fun, interesting, and delicious it was. Karen was a fantastic guide - she clearly knew the neighborhood well, and she made sure that we were taken care of at every stop. She even managed to gather chairs for everyone at a table at the farmer's market.

We were also all shocked by the amount of food. I think we had expected that it would be smaller tastes, and we couldn't believe we were getting full sandwiches, etc at each stop. No one complained. :)

All in all, it was a wonderful experience and a great thing to be able to do with my team.

- Mariah, San Francisco

On our San Francisco tours:

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

On the Japantown, Temescal Tastes, and Ferry Building tours:

"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

On a private Ferry Building & Mission 24th Street tour:

"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

On the Temescal Tastes tour:

"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

media + guest reviews


Edible Excursions food tours have been lauded nationally in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and San Diego Magazine, and locally by the San Francisco Chronicle, Diablo, and KQED’s Bay Area Bites. 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! 

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San Francisco cheap eats: Foodie clears the fog on where to go

CNN | Jordan Rane | March 2017

Edible Excursions also delves deep into the rich culinary pockets of the Mission District as well as Japantown, Downtown and East Bay artisanal dining hubs like North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto and Uptown Oakland's Temescal neighborhood.


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Culinary Walkabouts

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. 


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Check, Please! Bay Area

Check, Please! Bay Area | KQED | October 2015

Lisa Rogovin weighs in on her favorite Jewish Deli on Check, Please! Bay Area. 


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Walk and nosh: Three tasty walking food tours around the Bay

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. 


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Cream Of The Crop: Meet The Newest Trend In Dining Out

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. 


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Edible Excursions' "Ferry Building and Farmers Market" Food Tour

BARTable | BARTable | 2017

Local food industry experts from Edible Excursions guide these tasty walking tours of the Ferry Building Marketplace and Farmers Market. Since 2004, aficionados with food writing experience and culinary training have shed thoughtful and exciting insight on the ever-changing San Francisco food scene.


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15 Best Things to Do in Oakland

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. 


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Mother's Day in the East Bay

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.


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Navigating The Food Tour Smorgasbord

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


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Travel Guide: San Francisco

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.

 


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12 Ways to Tour San Francisco

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. 


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Oakland: Where Brooklyn and Cali style collide

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.

 


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Edible Excursions: Taste of Temescal

Beyond the Plate | Danielle | 2013

Despite the accolades, Oakland’s still a pretty big city to navigate, and can prove daunting if you’re not familiar with it. This is when walking tours come in handy, and Edible Excursions, which currently offers a host of food walks around different neighborhoods in San Francisco and Berkeley, launched their first Oakland tour this past Sunday in the city’s Temescal’s neighborhood.


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The Best Oakland Food Tour You'll Ever Take

Huffington Post | Paul Krantz | February 2015

Here is where to make all your foodie dreams come true.


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World's most expensive chocolate

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.


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More than just a hippie college town

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. 


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No More Gift Cards: 10 Local Food Gifts For Your Holiday Season

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.


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San Francisco Japan Town : An Edible Excursion Food Tour

Karla Around the World | Karla, Blogger | May 2016

Our tour guide for the Japantown food tour was Alice. I loved her; she was great! She is also a Japantown local, so she knows the area, its cultural nuances, and its food very well. Alice’s family has a long history in the area. They’ve been a part of the town since its founding days as a village, so she had a lot to share. We learned a lot about food, culture, and history on the tour. Best of all, it came from a first hand experience.


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Bar Crawl - San Francisco's Best Cocktails

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.


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Discover Good Eats in the Mission

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.


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Chocolate Tour of the Mission Unwraps More than a Taste of History

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.


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San Francisco and Edible Excursions

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. 


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A walk on the savory side

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.


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Tasting the East Bay

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.


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Explore Bay Area Culinary Treasures with an Edible Excursions Food Tour

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.


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San Francisco culinary tours

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.


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Edible Excursions: Lisa Rogovin showcases San Francisco’s culinary side

Group Tour Media | Group Tour Media | June 2015

A life-changing adventure abroad helped Lisa Rogovin start San Francisco-based Edible Excursions. While working in advertising sales for Gourmet magazine for seven years, Rogovin began leading guests of a San Francisco hotel on weekend culinary jaunts throughout the city as a side business. After her first taste of leading tours, she spent time thinking about — and working on — setting up a tour business.


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Bay Area Food Tours: Behind the Scenes With Edible Excursions Founder Lisa Rogovin

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.


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Follow Them to the Food

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.”


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Edible Excursions Leads Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Gourmet Ghetto and Beyond

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. 


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Gallery: Temescal Tastes with Edible Excursions

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.


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East Bay with Edible Excursions

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. 


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Edible Excursions Walking Tours Make Delicious Gifts

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. 


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Bay Area Food Tours: Behind the Scenes With Edible Excursions Founder Lisa Rogovin

Bay Area Bar Bites | Sarah Henry | 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.


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My Five: San Francisco Eats

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
inside connections."


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Good eats for the curious in San Francisco's Japantown

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…"


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Food Tour Launches in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto

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…"


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Between Bites - Mexican Specialties of 24th Street, San Francisco

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…"


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World's 8 Best Food Tours

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."


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A Berkeley Demonstration

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..."