Planning your trip to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto


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Lisa Rogovin’s tours include Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, San Francisco’s Ferry Building, West Marin, Sonoma and Napa County chocolate tasting and food with wine. A new San Francisco Mission District tour was to begin Saturday. She accepts a maximum of 10 tasters for the Gourmet Ghetto tour, which takes place rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, and costs $75. The food tastings change depending on what’s in season. Info: (415) 806-5970,

Tasting tours: In list of gourmet-food tours in Southern California in Sunday’s Travel section, the website for A Taste of San Diego was listed as The correct website is —


Here is a selection of tasting tours elsewhere in California:

A Taste of San Diego offers two tours, visiting five to eight restaurants by van, sampling 10 to 12 items. A 4 1/2-hour tour with lunch costs $99 a person; a three-hour tour, $75. Info: (619) 517-4930,

Melting Pot Food Tours offer two tasting excursions at $49 each in Southern California — three hours in Old Pasadena and 3 1/2 hours along West 3rd Street in Los Angeles, starting at the Farmers Market. (424) 247-9666 or (800) 979-3370,

Local Tastes of the City Tours makes two San Francisco walking tours available — North Beach (Little Italy) and Chinatown. Both are about three hours and cost $59. (415) 665-0480 or (888) 358-8687,

Gourmet Walks offers a three-hour walking tour, “Gourmet on Hayes,” a San Francisco neighborhood, for $59, as well as a chocolate tasting tour for $49 in the Union Square/Waterfront area. (415) 312-1119,

I Can’t Believe I Ate My Way Through Chinatown! Bay Area native Shirley Fong-Torres has been offering this three-hour tour from Wok Wiz for more than 25 years. Cost is $90, which includes lunch. (650) 355-9657,

Foodie Adventures offers three-hour culinary tours, with lunch, of San Francisco’s Mission, Chinatown and North Beach neighborhoods. $69 each. (888) 498-2008,

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