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Our Story

 
 

I'm passionate about food, people, history, our amazingly diverse region, and how farming, chefs, and eateries have had a sweeping effect on the global food movement. I wanted to find a way to create real, delicious memories for food lovers and travelers to experience the best of San Francisco and the SF Bay Area.

When I travel, I want to know the best places to eat and explore the not-to-be-missed restaurants, markets, and unconventional eateries - and very often, it's the hidden gems not found in any guide book that are the most satisfying. This is why my knowledgable food industry guides and I share iconic foods, architectural landmarks, local lore and history, and the stories behind the chefs, growers, and innovators who make the Bay Area's culinary scene great.

People love being our guest on Edible Excursions tours. They often tell us it was the highlight of their trip, their social event, or their team building adventure. We love showing off our amazing cities - San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland - and we are proud to call the Bay Area home. We look forward to having the opportunity to share it all with you!

Lisa Rogovin, Founder, Edible Excursions

 
 
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What We Do

Since 2004, Edible Excursions has been an award-winning walking food tour company offering culinary experiences throughout San FranciscoBerkeley, and Oakland. We also create custom food tours for private parties like birthdays, bachelorettes, and social clubs, and corporate team appreciation and team building experiences.

We are proud to be 100% locally owned and operated, and a woman-run business. We got our start taking guests of the Four Seasons Hotel around town to meet local chefs and taste the best of the region. It is this commitment to five-star customer service and client accommodation that makes us the best food tour company in the region.

Edible Excursions’ explorations take place in neighborhoods where small business owners, artisans, purveyors, farmers, and restaurant chefs share their personal food stories and their passion for local, seasonal, sustainable food. And, of course, along with learning about each area’s culinary and cultural background, guests are treated to signature tastes from seven to nine different stops along the way.

Many of our guides have been with the company since our start. We don't use scripts, and no two tours are ever exactly alike. Every food and drink tour we take on has its own character, charm, and experiences. Our guides are knowledgable, engaged, and accomodating. We are all food industry professionals - food TV alumni, chefs, award-winning food writers, and longtime restaurant workers.

 
 

Meet Our Guides

  Lisa Rogovin | Edible Excursions Founder/CEO/Epicurean Concierge   Lisa Rogovin brings more than 20 years experience in worldwide culinary exploration to Edible Excursions. A longtime California resident, she has a vast knowledge of the Bay Area’s acclaimed food culture. Lisa lives in the epicurean mecca of San Francisco, with her husband and two children, adventurous eaters all.

Lisa Rogovin | Edible Excursions Founder/CEO/Epicurean Concierge

Lisa Rogovin brings more than 20 years experience in worldwide culinary exploration to Edible Excursions. A longtime California resident, she has a vast knowledge of the Bay Area’s acclaimed food culture. Lisa lives in the epicurean mecca of San Francisco, with her husband and two children, adventurous eaters all.

  Joshua Clever | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Uptown Oakland, Mission 24th Street   Joshua works as a private chef through his company  Urban Provisions , he co-hosts yoga retreats on the California coast, and he leads health and well-being-inspired culinary classes and food and wine pairing events in the SF Bay Area.

Joshua Clever | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Uptown Oakland, Mission 24th Street

Joshua works as a private chef through his company Urban Provisions, he co-hosts yoga retreats on the California coast, and he leads health and well-being-inspired culinary classes and food and wine pairing events in the SF Bay Area.

  Emunah Hauser | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Gourmet Ghetto, Mission 18th Street, Mission 24th Street, Temescal Taste s  Emunah believes food illustrates more about a place than any other lens. She loves sharing backstories about food neighborhoods, cultures and businesses and is grateful to live in a region known for its revolutionary approach to eating.

Emunah Hauser | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Gourmet Ghetto, Mission 18th Street, Mission 24th Street, Temescal Tastes

Emunah believes food illustrates more about a place than any other lens. She loves sharing backstories about food neighborhoods, cultures and businesses and is grateful to live in a region known for its revolutionary approach to eating.

  Sarah Henry | Epicurean Concierge | Temescal Tastes, Uptown Oakland   A local food writer and farmers market fan, Sarah is delighted to introduce guests to the delicious, diverse tastes of Oakland. She is the author of   Farmsteads of the California Coast  , a tribute to a dozen of the Golden State's most respected sustainable growers. And she teamed up with chef Preeti Mistry to co-write her memoir with recipes   The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook: Indian Spice, Oakland Soul  . An Edible Excursions partner, Juhu served pavs to the people in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood for five years.  Find Sarah's stories  here  or on Twitter @sjhenrywriter.

Sarah Henry | Epicurean Concierge | Temescal Tastes, Uptown Oakland

A local food writer and farmers market fan, Sarah is delighted to introduce guests to the delicious, diverse tastes of Oakland. She is the author of Farmsteads of the California Coast, a tribute to a dozen of the Golden State's most respected sustainable growers. And she teamed up with chef Preeti Mistry to co-write her memoir with recipes The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook: Indian Spice, Oakland Soul. An Edible Excursions partner, Juhu served pavs to the people in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood for five years.

Find Sarah's stories here or on Twitter @sjhenrywriter.

 
  Alice Kawahatsu | Epicurean Concierge | Japantown   Alice Kawahatsu is a 3rd generation Japanese American who was born and raised in San Francisco. For the past 25 years she has been active in the Japantown community. You can often find her volunteering at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California ( JCCCNC ) and the  Konko Church of San Francisco . She enjoys passing down the culinary lessons she has learned from J-town elders to younger generations, visitors to San Francisco, and the greater Bay Area.

Alice Kawahatsu | Epicurean Concierge | Japantown

Alice Kawahatsu is a 3rd generation Japanese American who was born and raised in San Francisco. For the past 25 years she has been active in the Japantown community. You can often find her volunteering at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) and the Konko Church of San Francisco. She enjoys passing down the culinary lessons she has learned from J-town elders to younger generations, visitors to San Francisco, and the greater Bay Area.

  Sophia Lorenzi | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 18th Street, Mission 24th Street   When she's not dining out at San Francisco's newest eateries, Sophia works as an Epicurean Concierge for Edible Excursions and loves bringing people together to learn about and taste food. She also writes about Bay Area restaurants and food trends for  Eater San Francisco  among other publications. She recently spent two months working on a coffee farm in Hawaii, and word on the street is, she ran a late night, cookie-delivery business out of her college dorm room. You can follow her musings on Twitter  @phiadosa

Sophia Lorenzi | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 18th Street, Mission 24th Street

When she's not dining out at San Francisco's newest eateries, Sophia works as an Epicurean Concierge for Edible Excursions and loves bringing people together to learn about and taste food. She also writes about Bay Area restaurants and food trends for Eater San Francisco among other publications. She recently spent two months working on a coffee farm in Hawaii, and word on the street is, she ran a late night, cookie-delivery business out of her college dorm room. You can follow her musings on Twitter @phiadosa

  Anna Mindess | Epicurean Concierge | ASL Tours   Anna has followed her fascination with the intersection of food and culture to Parisian tea salons, Singaporean hawker stands and Hawaiian taro farms. Her latest journey landed her in Kyoto, where she took pickle and soba making classes. Anna, who works as a sign language interpreter, writes about ethnic eats and immigrant food producers for  Oakland Magazine ,  KQED's Bay Area Bites , and on her blog  East Bay Ethnic Eats .

Anna Mindess | Epicurean Concierge | ASL Tours

Anna has followed her fascination with the intersection of food and culture to Parisian tea salons, Singaporean hawker stands and Hawaiian taro farms. Her latest journey landed her in Kyoto, where she took pickle and soba making classes. Anna, who works as a sign language interpreter, writes about ethnic eats and immigrant food producers for Oakland Magazine, KQED's Bay Area Bites, and on her blog East Bay Ethnic Eats.

 
  Krissa Schwartz | Epicurean Concierge | Gourmet Ghetto   Krissa grew up in the Bay Area and loves everything it has to offer. With a degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly, she loves food and appreciates a really good homemade meal. Previously, she was a member at the Juice Bar Collective in North Berkeley, which is how she got connected with Edible Excursions. She loves working with people and talking about food, so being a culinary tour guide is a perfect fit!

Krissa Schwartz | Epicurean Concierge | Gourmet Ghetto

Krissa grew up in the Bay Area and loves everything it has to offer. With a degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly, she loves food and appreciates a really good homemade meal. Previously, she was a member at the Juice Bar Collective in North Berkeley, which is how she got connected with Edible Excursions. She loves working with people and talking about food, so being a culinary tour guide is a perfect fit!

 
  Karen Solomon | Epicurean Concierge | Mission 18th Street, Ferry Building   Karen Solomon is the author of  Cured Meat, Smoked Fish, Pickled Eggs ;  Asian Pickles ,  Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It, and Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It , a contributing author to  Chow! San Francisco Bay Area: 300 Affordable Places for Great Meals & Good Deals  and a former contributing editor to  Zagat Survey : San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants. A Mission District dwelling food writer, her edible musings have appeared in  Fine Cooking ,  Prevention ,  Yoga Journal ,  Organic Style ,  San Francisco Chronicle ,  San Francisco Magazine ,  San Francisco Bay Guardian , and elsewhere.

Karen Solomon | Epicurean Concierge | Mission 18th Street, Ferry Building

Karen Solomon is the author of Cured Meat, Smoked Fish, Pickled Eggs; Asian Pickles, Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It, and Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It, a contributing author to Chow! San Francisco Bay Area: 300 Affordable Places for Great Meals & Good Deals and a former contributing editor to Zagat Survey: San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants. A Mission District dwelling food writer, her edible musings have appeared in Fine Cooking, Prevention, Yoga Journal, Organic Style, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and elsewhere.

  Elitsa Somleva | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Stree t  Bulgarian born, Elitsa grew up spending her summers in the countryside growing, harvesting, and preserving the bounty of her grandma's garden. Her two passions are food and travel, and she strongly believes that the best way to experience new cultures and places is through their cuisine. When she is not walking and eating her way through San Francisco, Elitsa works as a travel agent helping her clients plan the most amazing adventure in the U.S.

Elitsa Somleva | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Street

Bulgarian born, Elitsa grew up spending her summers in the countryside growing, harvesting, and preserving the bounty of her grandma's garden. Her two passions are food and travel, and she strongly believes that the best way to experience new cultures and places is through their cuisine. When she is not walking and eating her way through San Francisco, Elitsa works as a travel agent helping her clients plan the most amazing adventure in the U.S.

  Carrie Sullivan | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 18th Street, Temescal   A long-ago transplant to California, Carrie was drawn to the Bay Area by the amazing food and agriculture. Formally trained, she has managed catering events, specialty food retail stores, cafes and restaurants for small businesses and non-profits, and has been the Culinary Programs Manager for  CUESA  since 2014. Carrie adores sharing the bounty of the Bay Area food scene with visitors from near and far.

Carrie Sullivan | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 18th Street, Temescal

A long-ago transplant to California, Carrie was drawn to the Bay Area by the amazing food and agriculture. Formally trained, she has managed catering events, specialty food retail stores, cafes and restaurants for small businesses and non-profits, and has been the Culinary Programs Manager for CUESA since 2014. Carrie adores sharing the bounty of the Bay Area food scene with visitors from near and far.

  M. Quinn Sweeney | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 18th Street, Craft Cocktails   A Vermonter who moved to San Francisco in 2005, mostly for the food, Quinn is a teacher, writer, photographer, and artist. He focuses much of his creative energy on food and beverage, writing for several national and online publications. He's always on the lookout a for a great bánh mì and can talk your ear off about where to get the best cocktails in town. Quinn also designs and sells his own "Distinctive Devices for Discerning Drinkers" at  Store.LibationLab.com  and you can follow him on Twitter  @LibaLab

M. Quinn Sweeney | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 18th Street, Craft Cocktails

A Vermonter who moved to San Francisco in 2005, mostly for the food, Quinn is a teacher, writer, photographer, and artist. He focuses much of his creative energy on food and beverage, writing for several national and online publications. He's always on the lookout a for a great bánh mì and can talk your ear off about where to get the best cocktails in town. Quinn also designs and sells his own "Distinctive Devices for Discerning Drinkers" at Store.LibationLab.com and you can follow him on Twitter @LibaLab

 
  Sean Timberlake | Epicurean Concierge | Mission 18th Street, Ferry Building   Sean Timberlake has two loves: Food and San Francisco. Luckily, he doesn't have to choose between them. As a volunteer tour guide and former board chair of  San Francisco City Guides , he gets to wax rhapsodic about his favorite city, where he's lived since 1991. As a  writer , his work has appeared on  FoodNetwork.com ,  CookingChannelTV.com , Blackboard Eats,  SFWeekly , and Foodzie (now Joyus Food). He is the founder of  Punk Domestics , a site for devotees of DIY food, and writes the blog  Hedonia  with his husband, Realtor  dpaul brown .

Sean Timberlake | Epicurean Concierge | Mission 18th Street, Ferry Building

Sean Timberlake has two loves: Food and San Francisco. Luckily, he doesn't have to choose between them. As a volunteer tour guide and former board chair of San Francisco City Guides, he gets to wax rhapsodic about his favorite city, where he's lived since 1991. As a writer, his work has appeared on FoodNetwork.com, CookingChannelTV.com, Blackboard Eats, SFWeekly, and Foodzie (now Joyus Food). He is the founder of Punk Domestics, a site for devotees of DIY food, and writes the blog Hedonia with his husband, Realtor dpaul brown.

  Rebecca Sibrack | Epicurean Concierge | Gourmet Ghetto, Uptown Oakland, Temescal, Ferry Building   Rebecca is always excited to share her passion for culinary and cultural exploration. Leading food tours allows her to offer up the deliciously rich history and food culture of the Bay Area, her home for nearly half her life. A chef and anthropologist, Rebecca is committed to the local, sustainable, and organic food movement. She was a member at the Juice Bar Collective in North Berkeley for many years, and now, when not leading tours, works as a personal chef and is available for regional Mexican cooking parties through  Edible Explorations .

Rebecca Sibrack | Epicurean Concierge | Gourmet Ghetto, Uptown Oakland, Temescal, Ferry Building

Rebecca is always excited to share her passion for culinary and cultural exploration. Leading food tours allows her to offer up the deliciously rich history and food culture of the Bay Area, her home for nearly half her life. A chef and anthropologist, Rebecca is committed to the local, sustainable, and organic food movement. She was a member at the Juice Bar Collective in North Berkeley for many years, and now, when not leading tours, works as a personal chef and is available for regional Mexican cooking parties through Edible Explorations.

  Travis Monson | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Street   Originally from Utah, Travis was attracted to cities for their unique cultures. He lived in Budapest, Hungary for three years and was captivated by their cuisine, culture, and language. Upon his return to the U.S., he was attracted to San Francisco for its vibrant history and diversity. He landed his first job as a cheesemonger at Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry Building, the nexus of food, art, and people. There, he gained respect for the technique and artistry that comes with making great fromage, each with its own unique story. Building upon that love of narrative and the city, Travis bought a map of San Francisco and committed to walk and photograph every street, alley, and trail. This journey has deepened his understanding and appreciation of what this city has to offer. IG:  travismonsonsf

Travis Monson | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Street

Originally from Utah, Travis was attracted to cities for their unique cultures. He lived in Budapest, Hungary for three years and was captivated by their cuisine, culture, and language. Upon his return to the U.S., he was attracted to San Francisco for its vibrant history and diversity. He landed his first job as a cheesemonger at Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry Building, the nexus of food, art, and people. There, he gained respect for the technique and artistry that comes with making great fromage, each with its own unique story. Building upon that love of narrative and the city, Travis bought a map of San Francisco and committed to walk and photograph every street, alley, and trail. This journey has deepened his understanding and appreciation of what this city has to offer. IG: travismonsonsf

  Henry Hsu | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Gourmet Ghetto   Born in Taiwan and raised in Texas, Henry’s culinary predilections stem from this hybrid of Pacific Island and Gulf Coast cultures. His training ground was his grandfather’s vegetable garden, and his mother and grandmother’s kitchen. Henry studied anthropology, Latin America, and public health with stints in restaurant kitchens and organic farming. He worked in architecture and furniture design, lived in Ecuador and started a dumpling business. Now he works for local, artisanal tofu-maker  Hodo Soy  and in off-hours he volunteers for  Green Gulch Farm , loves to cook, eat, talk & obsessively photograph food. IG:  oramasama

Henry Hsu | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Gourmet Ghetto

Born in Taiwan and raised in Texas, Henry’s culinary predilections stem from this hybrid of Pacific Island and Gulf Coast cultures. His training ground was his grandfather’s vegetable garden, and his mother and grandmother’s kitchen. Henry studied anthropology, Latin America, and public health with stints in restaurant kitchens and organic farming. He worked in architecture and furniture design, lived in Ecuador and started a dumpling business. Now he works for local, artisanal tofu-maker Hodo Soy and in off-hours he volunteers for Green Gulch Farm, loves to cook, eat, talk & obsessively photograph food. IG: oramasama

 
  Tori Ritchie | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building   Tori Ritchie was born in San Francisco and has been eating her way through the city ever since. A cooking teacher and cookbook author, she is always on the lookout for the best things to eat and share on her website,  tuesdayrecipe.com . Her pet peeve in the kitchen is grating cheese; her favorite kitchen tool is a rubber husband (feel free to ask). Her articles have appeared in Bon Appetit, San Francisco magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Stanford magazine, among others, and her latest cookbook is  The Side Dish Handbook . She is a regular volunteer at  foodrunners.org , relaying excess food to the needy. When she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it while stand-up paddling in San Francisco bay.

Tori Ritchie | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building

Tori Ritchie was born in San Francisco and has been eating her way through the city ever since. A cooking teacher and cookbook author, she is always on the lookout for the best things to eat and share on her website, tuesdayrecipe.com. Her pet peeve in the kitchen is grating cheese; her favorite kitchen tool is a rubber husband (feel free to ask). Her articles have appeared in Bon Appetit, San Francisco magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Stanford magazine, among others, and her latest cookbook is The Side Dish Handbook. She is a regular volunteer at foodrunners.org, relaying excess food to the needy. When she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it while stand-up paddling in San Francisco bay.

 
  Paul Bosky | Epicurean Concierge | Beer & Bites   Paul has always been fascinated by the way people interact with their senses. As a self-proclaimed “beer nerd”, even before craft brewing was cache, Paul enjoyed tasting unique beers and recreating them in his hodgepodge homebrewing kitchen. Now he explores the cornucopia of beer flavors in the Bay Area and loves to discuss the sensory experiences with professionals and hobbyists alike. With a wife who is a culinary professional, Paul gets to marry flavors by pairing craft beer with delicious homemade food. He lives in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland where he watches new food and beverage business crop up on a regular basis. When he is not leading beer-and-food tours, Paul teaches meditation and mindful cooking classes.

Paul Bosky | Epicurean Concierge | Beer & Bites

Paul has always been fascinated by the way people interact with their senses. As a self-proclaimed “beer nerd”, even before craft brewing was cache, Paul enjoyed tasting unique beers and recreating them in his hodgepodge homebrewing kitchen. Now he explores the cornucopia of beer flavors in the Bay Area and loves to discuss the sensory experiences with professionals and hobbyists alike. With a wife who is a culinary professional, Paul gets to marry flavors by pairing craft beer with delicious homemade food. He lives in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland where he watches new food and beverage business crop up on a regular basis. When he is not leading beer-and-food tours, Paul teaches meditation and mindful cooking classes.

 
  Santino Garcia | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Street   A native to San Francisco, Santino is a local artist, actor and experienced eater that fervently believes food is what brings people together and solves the world's problems. If you are what you eat, Santino is a "ham". Having lead food tours professionally for over 4 years, and having run a concierge & hospitality program for a recording studio, Santino is excited to be sharing San Francisco's unique cultural story while showing off its tasty cultural treasures.

Santino Garcia | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Street

A native to San Francisco, Santino is a local artist, actor and experienced eater that fervently believes food is what brings people together and solves the world's problems. If you are what you eat, Santino is a "ham". Having lead food tours professionally for over 4 years, and having run a concierge & hospitality program for a recording studio, Santino is excited to be sharing San Francisco's unique cultural story while showing off its tasty cultural treasures.