Gourmet Ghetto Culinary Walking Tour With Edible ExcusionsNorth Berkeley, Meet in front of Cheese Board Collective (1504 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709)
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We really lucked out on this tour! Every stop was a discovery, Saul's, Peet's original coffee shop, Gratitude, Soop's, Lush Ice Cream, Vintage Berkeley... Not that I hadn't known some of them, but the time and passion people took to explain what they do and why they love doing it, and Serena's well-choreographed, well-paced walk-around, packed with personal anecdotes and extra information, her wealth of knowledge and care for local and ecologically sensible culinary experiences, a small group and gorgeous weather just all added up to a unique experience. Can't wait to join her Oakland tour!
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The tour area is rich with culinary history. We had the opportunity to meet the proprietors who took the time to interact with our group. Leading a walking tour is an art and Lisa does it with style and knowledge of the scene that is North Berkeley. Varied, delicious and generous tastes were sprinkled along the way. We are planning to revisit the neighborhood and look forward to a reunion with Lisa on her tour of the Mission.
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The tour guide gave us a quick introduction to herself and established credibility by explaining she was a chef in the Gourmet Ghetto herself which I really liked.
Our first stop was Sauls Deli, where we enjoyed a Pastrami sandwich on Acme Rye and made in house Celery Root Soda. It was delicious and well portioned. We learned about their sustainable practices and why a shorter menu is better (it means more things are made fresh daily).
Our next stop was Peet's Coffee. They had a very nice set up for us but I was a little disappointed they did not provide a representative to talk to us. Jay, our tour guide was very knowledgable and did a great job though. We tasted a coffee and a tea and got a free 2 ounce sample to brew at home.
Our next stop was "Love at First Bite", an organic bakery that offered wonderful cupcakes with no artificial ingredients. We met the owner who was lovely. My guest and I split chocolate & red velvet mini cupcakes and loved it. You could taste the real cocoa in the chocolate icing.
Our next stop was the Imperial Tea Court. We were treated to Jasmine Downy Pearls ($112/pound tea) and fresh california grown almonds. We learned about their practices and enjoyed the tea.
Our next stop was Cafe Gratitude. We learned about their non-GM corn and enjoyed their Jalapeno Tamale and Raw Cacao milkshake.
Our next stop was Cheeseboard Pizza Collective. We learned about their dough which contained some sourdough. They offer one flavor of pizza every day and the daily special was similar to a Margherita with Lemon juice and Lemon zest. It was amazing! Best pizza of my life thus far!
Our next stop was a Soup restaurant called Soop. We learned about their focus on quality ingredients and made from scratch soup. The group sampled the "Red Lentil with Coconut Milk" but due to my allergy, Jay offered me the chicken tortilla. My guest loved the coconut milk soup and even licked his carton! I enjoyed the Tortilla soup and found it to be the right spice and texture!
Our next stop was Chocolate Alegio where we tried different grades of chocolate. We purchased a handful of truffles from there as well.
Our final stop was http://www.yelp.com/biz/vintage-berkeley-berkeley where we learned about reasonable pricing (all bottles under $25 but most 10-13) for delicious local wine. They also have free tastings daily so our tour rolled into an additional free tasting which was nice.
Overall, I would absolutely do this again! I purchased this as a gift for my significant other and we enjoyed the experience together! I will certainly be visiting: Sauls, Love At First Bite, Soop, Cafe Gratitude & Cheeseboard Pizza.
Also, our host did a great job and shared a lot of information on the area!
More Information About North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto Culinary Walking Tour
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- Read news articles about Edible Excursions as well as testimonials from former participants at the Edible Excursions Buzz page.
The Gourmet Ghetto Tour in North Berkeley consists of carefully selected stops where business owners and artisans share their stories about passion and commitment to local, organic food. A local epicurean concierge leads the way on this well-paced stroll filled with intriguing history and interesting commentary regarding the special connections between many of the successful establishments included in the tour.
Tastes include: house-cured pastrami sandwich on ACME rye with house made celery soda at Saul's Delicatessen, renowned for redefining Jewish American fare with California sensibility; freshly baked bread at The Cheese Board Collective, an employee-owned Berkeley co-op, the vegetarian Pizza of the Day at the Cheese Board Pizzeria; hot and chilled soups at SOOP - depending on the season - made fresh daily such as Red Thai Lentil, classic Chicken Noodle, Raw Corn and Cashew, and Chicken and Hominy with Lime; and ice cream from LUSH Gelato in deliciously unique flavors such as Straus Yogurt and Orange Zest, Point Reyes Blue Cheese & Cranberries, and McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil.
All stops are subject to change depending upon availability.
About the Ticket Supplier: Edible Excursions
Edible Excursions offers intimate culinary walking tours in San Francisco, Berkeley, and West Marin for individuals and groups looking to go behind-the-scenes with a local expert for a taste of the remarkable food culture that exists in these regions. If you're looking for an authentic Bay Area food experience and not clam chowder in a sourdough bowl at Fisherman's Wharf, but don't have the time or resources to put it together, Edible Excursions will create the quintessential Bay Area food experience for you!