Tour of Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto

July 24, 2008 4:11:39 PM PDT
The Bay Area has so many exciting places to see and things to do. In fact, don't you feel sometimes living here you should take the time to be a tourist for the day in your own hometown? The View from the Bay's Nancy Longo hooked up with what might be the first and only epicurean concierge, who creates culinary tours all over the Bay Area.

Culinary walking tours are every Thursday from 2 - 5 pm. For more information, visit www.inthekitchenwithlisa.com or www.gourmetghetto.org.

The weekly tours will feature conversations with the area's chefs and food purveyors, as well as a mouth-watering assortment of tastings and samples. Stops on the tour through the historic culinary mecca will include the original Peet's Coffee in Walnut Square, the eclectic food shops at Epicurious Gardens, the Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop, and the area's weekly all-organic Farmers' Market. Along the way, tour participants will get to learn more about and taste some of the following local artisan edibles:

  • Raw food goodies at Caf? Gratitude
  • Cupcakes from scratch at Love at First Bite Cupcakery & Bakery
  • Yuzu Parisian-style Macaroons from Masse's Pastries
  • Salts & Culinary Spices at Elephant Pharmacy
  • Crispy Potato Puffs at Gregoire's
  • Organic specialties from the Juice Bar Collective
  • Coffee at the Original Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • NYC deli pastrami at Saul's Delicatessen
  • Tea History & Tasting at Imperial Tea House
  • Chocolate works of art at Alegio Chocolates
  • Housemade Soups from SOOP in Epicurious Garden
  • Spicy Hot Cocoa at Guerilla Caf? & Gallery
  • ocal, seasonal, and organic produce at the North Berkeley Farmers' Market

    Selections and stops on the tour will be changed seasonally.

    Locations featured in the segment include:

    Saul's Restaurant & Deli
    www.saulsdeli.com
    1475 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    (510) 848-3354

    Juice Bar Collective
    thejuicebar.org
    2114 Vine St
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    (510) 548-8473

    Peets Coffee
    www.peets.com
    2124 Vine St
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    (510) 841-0564

    Love at First Bite
    1510 Walnut Street, Suite G
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    (510) 848-5727

    Lisa Rogovin, epicurean concierge, is bringing her passion for Bay Area artisan food and wine businesses to the new tour, which will offer behind the scenes experiences at a revolving selection of restaurants and food shops along with a discussion of the area's history as the birthplace of California Cuisine spearheaded by Alice Waters' Chez Panisse. Northern California is one of the most exciting places in the world for food and it's because growers and eaters take all aspects of food extremely seriously.


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