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Jul 25, 2010 07:17 PM

Which foodie walking tour? Culinary school?

Hi--my husband will be accompanying me on a business trip to San Francisco in September. A few years back, I took a Chinatown foodie walking tour with my mother which we very much enjoyed. But, don't recall which one and there is more than one (e.g., Linda Lee, Wok Wiz). Any suggestions as to which one I should suggest to my husband ? Any other self-directed or group foodie tours that he should consider?

Thanks so much!

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  1. Ummm. Did I ask too many questions? I did search and didn't find an answer to my questions. Would love a response.

    1. I think most people on the list don't have experience with the foodie tours. As far as self-directed tours, there are suggestions for mission food crawls, Ferry building tasting, chocolate tours, ice cream tour, small bit tours, dessert crawls, etc. If you can give more information about what you are looking for in a self-directed tour we could probably fill in the blanks better.

      1. Are you looking again for china town tour? You did not expand on Culinary School, but I've been to Ramekins in Sonoma for a birthday and it was fun. Once you finish cooking you sit down have some wine and they serve the food to you all nicely plated up.

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        1. re: myst

          Sorry. Meant to say about the culinary school is that we also had a nice multi-course lunch at a cooking school near the convention center and wanted to know if that was still a good option (and a reminder of where). Thanks again.

          1. re: lacontessa

            The CCA used to be near Moscone, but it moved.

            CarĂªme 350
            350 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

            1. re: lacontessa

              SF City College Culinary Studies
              Educated Palate Restaurant


              Educated Palate
              88 4th St, San Francisco, CA

              1. re: bunnysitter

                hi Bunnysitter. Have you been to the Educated palate restaurant? Their menu is not yet posted on their website.

                1. re: lacontessa

                  No, but it's on my short list. I'm a huge fan of the Three Seasons Restaurant at Contra Costa College in San Pablo. There is a possibility the restaurant won't be running until the school semester is underway just like CCC.

          2. Go to I took the morning/lunch tour a couple of years ago. It was really interesting and the restaurant we had lunch at was average - it was fun, though.

            Have a nice time.

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            1. re: ronnabay

              Thanks. I couldn't remember whether it was the Wokwiz or Linda Lee Chinatown tour that I took with my mom several years ago.

            2. Kevin Hogan's Tapas Walk sounds like fun to me. I haven't done it yet but I was drinking in 15 Romolo when his group came in.


              GraceAnn Walden's tour sounds good too. " This is the only tour that gives participants the full North Beach experience including Italian history, food knowledge and a spectacular repast at Tony's Pizza Napoletano. ... On our tour, we go behind the scenes in a focaccia bakery, a chocolatier and visit a 70-year-old butcher shop, a new shrine to St. Francis and an authentic Italian ceramic store. ... Along the way, we taste focaccia and see the ovens where it was baked; enjoy Italian cookies and coffee and Italian sausages. After lunch we go to XOX Truffles for a bag of truffles and tastes. The tour is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. including lunch $80. Private tours weekdays for 10 or more."

              Her Web site seems to be offline.

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Here are some dates for GraceAnn's tours:

                North Beach Pizza Lover's
                8/7, 8/14, 9/4, 9/11 and 9/18

                Evening Chinatown tour is 8/22, and enjoy a seven-course banquet. $80

                Latino Tour and Mural walk is 10/2. $80