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Gourmet Walks: Healdsburg Gourmet Chocolate Tour – Healdsburg, CA

Tour Facts

  • 2½ hour walking tour in downtown Healdsburg, Sonoma County
  • Fridays at 10:30 am (adding Saturdays in ’14)
  • Flat route, 1 mile long
  • 7 stops with generous tastings at each
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at 25 North St.
  • $55 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

Celebrate chocolate in many different forms on our exciting new Healdsburg tour. From chocolate beer to brownies to a chocolate port, you will marvel at the glories of the cacao bean! You’ll learn about how chocolate is made, its fascinating history and just why it is so good for your health. Our local guides will also share the history of this wine town– from its agricultural roots to its current culinary boom. You’ll leave this tour with a host of recommendations for dining and drinking in Healdsburg, and special shopping offers at many of the tour stops.


  • Wine and chocolate pairing featuring the country’s first small batch artisan chocolate maker
  • Local biére de chocolat and artisan dark chocolate bars
  • Assorted gourmet truffles, including a celebrity favorite from the Oscars
  • Fresh-brewed loose leaf chocolate tea from new boutique
  • Chocolate craft cupcakes from Healdsburg’s “farm to cake” bakery
  • Chocolate port from a Russian River winery and dessert wine tasting room
  • Decadent brownies from a beloved local bakery run by Chez Panisse alums

NOTE: Chocolate lovers of all ages can participate in the tour, but guests must be 21 and up for the beer and wine tastings (no substitutions available).

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Gourmet Walks: Gourmet Napa Walking Tour – Napa, CA

Tour Facts

  • 3-hour walking tour of downtown Napa
  • By Private Reservation only December- February
  • Fridays and Sundays at 11 am March through November
  • Flat route, 1 mile long, with time to sit
  • 7 stops with tastings at each (enough food for lunch!)
  • Tour limited to 12 people, advance tickets required
  • Begins at Oxbow Market, ends in town
  • $70 (+ $1 ticket fee) per person

tour description

There is more to Napa than just wine tasting! Welcome to the FIRST culinary walking tour in Wine Country, for those who know that California cuisine is just as sought after as its wine. This tour will delight your taste buds as you explore revitalized downtown Napa with fellow foodies. We’ll share the fascinating history of this beautiful riverfront town, one where celebrity chefs intermingle with organic farmers and boutique winemakers.

We’ll begin at the new Oxbow Market, where a seasonal bounty of California specialty foods and produce awaits you. Your tour will cross the Napa River and visit 19th century historic buildings that weathered Prohibition to showcase the latest trends in California food and wine. You’ll leave the tour with a carefully curated list of Wine Country restaurant recommendations and recipes for your next meal.

NOTE: Customers must be over 21 and bring valid id to participate in wine tastings. Alcohol-free private tours available for groups of 8 or more.

Tasting Menu

  • A sublime, seasonal selection of the best California artisan cheeses
  • Breakfast tacos from an innovative and sustainable tacqueria
  • Artisan salumi from the “first couple of charcuterie” and organic bread
  • Sought after tastes from a historic multi-winery downtown tasting room
  • Award-winning California extra-virgin olive oil
  • Local microbrew tasting and sustainable seafood on the Napa riverfront
  • Wine infused chocolates, brittle and ice cream from local brother/sister chocolatiers

Tastings subject to change without notice. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

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Edible Excursions: Mission 18th Street Tour – San Francisco, CA

The Mission District is bursting with so many global flavors and culinary favorites – as well as a rapidly changing food landscape that even locals can’t keep up with what’s new – that Edible Excursions decided to launch its latest tour along the neighborhood’s Valencia Street corridor, home to some of the busiest and buzziest food ventures in this hipster haven.

Guests have a chance to talk with chefs, store owners, and restaurant employees who share behind-the-scenes stories about their creative, critically-acclaimed, and award-winning fare on a night when this area is especially lively, with the addition of a weekly market featuring local, farm-fresh grub. Bonus: An art docent from Precita Eyes will explain the importance of The Women’s Building mural, in an enclave known for its artistic vibe.  And there’s no waiting in line to try some of this neighborhood’s most coveted bites.

Tastes may include: pizza, seasonal pasta, tacos, seasonal produce, deli specials, pastries, wine, ice cream and more.

Stops may include

18 Reasons
Bi Rite Market
Bi Rite Creamery
Delfina Pizzeria
Mission Community Market
Tartine Bakery
Range Restaurant
Craftsman and Wolves

Time: Thursdays 4:30pm-7:15pm

Price: $75 per person

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Dandelion Chocolate: Chocolate 101 – San Francisco, CA

Dandelion Chocolate is an artisinal bean-to-bar chocolate factory in San Francisco. We roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches of beans and then mold and package each bar by hand. By sourcing high quality beans and carefully crafting tiny batches, we try to bring out the individual flavors and nuances of each bean.
Our Chocolate 101 class takes place monthly, from 7-9 PM,  in our production kitchen. It’s an all-around introduction to chocolate. We’ll talk about the different types of chocolate and their ingredients, as well as our chocolate-making process, from sourcing beans to wrapping bars. We’ll taste chocolate in all of its unfinished and finished forms, give you a tour of our space, and leave plenty of time for your questions. You’ll also leave with a gift from us. Space is limited to 15 people, and we’ll send an email with all the details when you register. We hope you can come!
Price: $50
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Carmel Food Tours: Downtown Food Tour – Carmel, CA

You will take a leisurely stroll through the heart of Carmel, taste a specially-selected variety of foods and wines from local restaurants and boutique shops, and become acquainted with the unique history and culture of this magical city.

Our Downtown Food Tour is a three-hour, guided tour of Carmel’s most interesting attractions. Our tour offers food tastings from seven unique eateries coupled with insightful presentations of Carmel’s cultural, historical, and architectural highlights provided by knowledgeable and entertaining local guides.

Our 1.2 mile tour is suitable for all fitness levels, open to all children, but is most appropriate for ages thirteen and up. See FAQ for additional comments about children

Whether you are an occasional visitor or a Carmel resident, our walking tour is the perfect way to get to know the culture, sights and food of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Let us take you on a voyage of discovery of the best of Carmel-by-the-Sea!

Carmel Tours – For The Food
Let us take you on a voyage of culinary delights. Enjoy the tastes from seven of Carmel’s most unique restaurants and specialty shops. We’re sure you’ll find that these flavorful and well-balanced tastings add up to an enjoyable lunch that is both pleasant and filling.

Carmel Tours – For The History
Take a stroll through the culture and architecture that make Carmel-by-the-Sea California’s most unique artist’s colony. Our tour guides are eager to share their passion and knowledge of Carmel with you and provide you with a glimpse into local area flavor, culture, art, architecture, and history. Who knows, you might even see the occasional celebrity!

Your Carmel tour will last about three hours and offer you delicious nibbles that are an adequate lunch for most, all included in the ticket price of $69.00.

Delicious food specialties are served on the Carmel Food Tour (subject to change):

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Edible Excursions: Japantown Culinary Tour – San Francisco, CA

One of San Francisco’s most culturally-rich culinary experiences is right under your nose, yet its edible value is even unknown to most locals. Japantown, one of only three remaining Japanese neighborhoods in the United States, is the latest destination offered by Edible Excursions, uncovering the area’s historical relevance and “hidden” restaurants and markets.

Unassuming and peaceful, San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood is home to artisans of ancient fare and traditional crafts. Strolling from cobblestone pathways to surprisingly unrelated mall floors and amongst naturally-simple landmarks, you’ll find yourself popping into several food markets, shops and restaurants.

You’ll come across neighborhood “secrets” often passed over by rushed visitors, hear shop-owner stories, learn about cultural talents and taste specialties made with authentic Japanese ingredients. After your stroll throughout the neighborhood, you’ll sit down to a ramen lunch where noodles are housemade and the dashi is divine.

On this tasting tour of 7 businesses through Japantown, you’ll grow to appreciate and understand why this neighborhood is such an important place to San Franciscans and to the United States.

Tastings may include:

  • Osaka-style Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza)
  • Red bean filled taiyaki at the local coffee shop
  • Savory salads from a Japanese specialty food market
  • Mochi from one of the last remaining manufacturers
  • A tad sweet and creamy sweet potato latte
  • Japanese tea tasting inside an omiyage shop
  • Sit-down ramen lunch
  • Onigiri, traditional rice balls, with a modern twist

The tour is offered from 11-2:30 on Fridays and the SECOND Saturday of every month. Additional experiences may be added, and private tours (min. 8 guests) can also be arranged.

Price: $85.00 per person

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Local Roots Food Tours: Origins of Sacramento Food Tour

The Origins of Sacramento Walking Food and Cultural Tour is our newest addition.  This tour explores the very beginnings of Sacramento,  from Sutter’s colony Nueva Helvecia to the Fabulous Forties, with tastings of the best dishes the immigrants brought with them.  You’ll learn about how the many diverse groups forged our great city and created its agricultural dominance.

Participants enjoy a 3  hour, 2.5 mile flat walking route past historical national landmarks, gorgeous mission style churches and famed architecture throughout period neighborhoods.  Liberally sprinkled among these sites are ethnic eateries that echo the region’s diversity.  Come taste Sacramento’s amazing authentic foods hailing from far flung lands such as Spain, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, and China’s Szechuan province.

Our Origins of Sacramento Food Tour finds us meandering through two very historical but popular neighborhoods; Midtown’s Sutter District and East Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties.  Stroll under tree-lined streets while you explore hidden gem eateries.  Meet the talented and passionate chefs while sampling their creations….a foodie’s dream come true!  Local Roots Food Tours limits each group to 16 individuals to keep the experience small and intimate; each tour is narrated by our trained guides.  Special dietary needs can be met with prior notice.  Private group tours are available by reservation.

Typical tastings on our tour:

  • Grilled Polenta Triangle w/ fresh basil marinara sauce
  • Handmade Shrimp and Shitake Dumplings
  • Orange Blossom Cocktail
  • Baby spinach, artichokes, chicken & feta cheese pizza
  • Refreshing Pilsner Urquell from Czech Republic
  • Stuffed Date w/ goat cheese and pancetta
  • Dungeness crab cakes w/cayenne pepper aoili & red pepper sauce
  • Death by Chocolate Cupcake

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Edible Excursions: Ferry Building Marketplace Tour – San Francisco, CA

This historic hub – re-imagined for modern times – is an elegant San Francisco showcase for some of the Bay Area’s best food artisans and features internationally acclaimed cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate.

The landmark location also boasts a farmers market full of local, organic, seasonal, fresh fare, along with carefully crafted preserves, pickles, and pastries. Learn about the famous farmers, celebrity chefs, and culinary creators behind these edible delights.

Tastes include award-winning cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, sweet and sour loaves from Acme Bread, house cured fennel salame and freshly made mortadella from Boccalone, as well as Baja-style fish tacos from Mijita, handmade chocolate from Recchiuti, French macarons from Miette, and more.

Stops may include

Acme Bread
Boccalone Salumeria
Cowgirl Creamery
Miette Patisserie
Mijita Cocina Mexicana
Recchiuti Confections
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker

Timing: Tuesdays 10am-12pm / Saturdays 9:30-11:30am.

Price: $50 per person

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