Eat and drink your way across San Francisco with any one of these delectable activities for foodies, wine lovers and hungry history buffs.
The Food Geek’s Walking Tour
What better way to get acquainted with a food-obsessed place like San Francisco than eating and drinking your way through the city? With Avital Tours, you’ll get a grasp on the local culinary scene by visiting some of our best eateries and bars, and along the way you’ll take in the sights as your guide shares engaging historical anecdotes and current observations. Stops on the Mission District tour include Bi-Rite Creamery (of salted caramel fame) and Hog & Rocks, the city’s first ham and oyster bar. On the Union Square cocktail tour, you’ll take a jaunt through former speakeasy territory, finding out why San Francisco is now considered one of the top three cocktail destinations in the world and how the Latin American spirit pisco made it’s way into a popular Barbary Coast-era punch. At each of the stops on the three tour options you’ll spend time with a chef, bartender or owner; tasting, chatting and maybe even baking. 415.355.4044.
Before you set off on your Napa tasting room spree, sign up for one of the entertaining and down-to-earth weekend classes in the new Exploring Napa Valley Wine Series. The 90-minute classes are held throughout the month at the state-of-the-art COPIA center downtown (which is conveniently located next door to Oxbow Public Market, a casual, one-stop destination for sampling wine country bounty). Attend one of these sessions, and you’ll be ready to take your tasting itinerary to a whole new level of appreciation. Themes include a workshop devoted to California’s artisan cheeses and the wines that make them shine; an introduction to the valley’s obscure varietals; and a tasting sequence that compares California wines with their global counterparts. $40. 500 1st St., Napa, 707.967.1100.
Discover the edible identity of San Francisco’s neighborhoods with Gourmet Walks, a collection of off-the-beaten path food tours led by entertaining connoisseurs, complete with generous tastings at eight restaurants and shops en route. The Gourmet SF: NoPa/Alamo Square tour is a three-hour exploration of an emerging neighborhood. You’ll learn the history of Divisadero Street while peeking into art galleries, hip boutiques and wine bars and take in panoramic views of the famous Painted Ladies and downtown. The tour includes stops at Bi-Rite Market, Nopalito and Little Star Pizza. The Hayes Valley tour visits some of the city’s trendiest food destinations, and the Japantown/Fillmore tour explores varied Asian cuisine, with plenty of breaks for street food bites. —Zachary Clark 415.312.1119.