Very few creatures consume food beyond nourishment. Unlike other animals, humans eat food not only to satisfy a biological need.

Food, for people, can tell stories, especially of those who passionately prepare and cook them. Food can serve as a bridge between two vastly different cultures. Food can introduce tourists to a city’s history and culture. Beyond taste, food is a veritable feast for the senses, employing color, texture and taste.

If you are visiting Berkeley and staying at the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina, one fun activity that you can try with your family and friends is the Edible Excursions in Berkeley.

The people behind the Edible Excursions food tours tout their offering as a cultural experience led by passionate food lovers. These tours are ideal for practically everyone, including locals who wish to know their region more, tourists, corporate groups, families, chefs and amateur cooks, and anyone who is serious and passionate about food.

The tour company was founded by Lisa Rogovin and employs what they call epicurean concierges. Many of these concierges have worked in food-related industries, including food writing, and many have undergone culinary training themselves.

The tour company also prides itself in supporting local small business owners, chefs, farmers and artisans as they tell their individual stories through their culinary offerings.

Edible Excursions is available in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. The Berkeley tour introduces participants to the area’s Gourmet Ghetto, recognized as the birthplace of California Cuisine and home to many culinary icons and culinary favorites. During this tour, you can sample Saul’s famous pastrami sandwiches and soda, Peet’s Coffee, The Cheese Board Collective’s gourmet cheese, Lush’s small batch gelato, and even witness whole-animal butchery at the Local Butcher Shop.

Edible Excursions also provides private tours, perfect for special occasions like team building events, birthdays and more.

In order to enjoy the tour, all you need to bring is yourself, a big appetite and an open mind. Comfy clothes and shoes are also recommended. You may also want to bring an extra bag for goodies and treats that you can buy throughout the tour. The tour cost covers essentially everything, although tipping is greatly appreciated.

After booking the tour, the company will send you the details about the tour. These include the meet-up place, public transportation suggestions and parking. Tours can run somewhere between two to three hours. If you have dietary restrictions, you need to inform the tour company so that they can accommodate your needs.

For more information and attractions in an around Berkeley be sure to visit our Berkeley Area Attractions page. Book your stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina and let the culinary fun begin!

*Photo courtesy Edible Excursions