Lisa Rogovin brings more than 20 years experience in worldwide culinary exploration to Edible Excursions. A longtime California resident, she has a vast knowledge of the Bay Area’s acclaimed food culture. Lisa lives in the epicurean mecca of San Francisco, with her husband and two children, adventurous eaters all.
Before founding Edible Excursions in 2004, Lisa worked as an ad sales manager for the iconic food and travel magazine Gourmet (R.I.P.). She also designed exclusive culinary jaunts for weekend travelers staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Building on the popularity of these gourmet excursions, she developed her own culinary tour business, formerly known as In the Kitchen with Lisa.
Lisa enjoys sharing the Bay Area’s unique, innovative, and creative edible landscape with both local and visiting food lovers alike. She also supports farmers, artisans, producers, purveyors, and chefs who are socially and environmentally mindful about the food they grow, make, and serve. She is active in CHEFS (Conquering Homelessness Through Employment in Food Services), and four times a year donates a Ferry Building Marketplace tour for students enrolled in the program.
A certified natural chef, Joshua fell in love with simple food while living in France, where he discovered the art of shopping at farmers' markets and the value of eating seasonal, local foods. The author of Pesto: Simples et Bons, Joshua leads culinary tours and cooking workshops in Paris, Tuscany and the Bay Area. He lives in San Francisco, where he writes culinary adventures in coffee shops around town.
Growing up in South Africa, Kelly was blessed to be at the intersection of a diverse culinary melting pot that advocated and celebrated wholesome foods. Kelly went on to study hospitality, but soon realized that she preferred the kitchen to the “front-of -house.” After graduation, she funded her travels with cooking, spending several years in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. In Indonesia, she met her future husband and soon her next chapter in California began. Fast forward two decades, Kelly is still cooking and now teaches preschool-aged kids. Whether it’s chocolate making in Guatemala, beekeeping in San Francisco, or harvesting backyard chickens, Kelly always seeks new insights to deepen her relationships with food and people.
Emunah believes food illustrates more about a place than any other lens. She loves sharing backstories about food neighborhoods, cultures and businesses and is grateful to live in a region known for its revolutionary approach to eating. Our food conversations are ever-evolving—the intersections of artisanal, local, traditional, and innovative are often intriguing and always delicious. As a publicist for good food enterprises, Emunah is excited about the changing food landscape not only in the San Francisco Bay Area but all around the world.
Sarah remembers how delighted she was when a farmers market sprouted in downtown San Francisco years ago now. A freelance writer, she reports on the local food scene for Edible East Bay, San Francisco, and KQED’s Bay Area Bites. She has covered food people, politics and culture for The Atlantic, Gilt Taste, Eating Well, and AFAR. Sarah is also the voice behind the blog Lettuce Eat Kale.
Alice Kawahatsu is a 3rd generation Japanese American who was born and raised in San Francisco. For the past 25 years she has been active in the Japantown community. You can often find her volunteering at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) and the Konko Church of San Francisco. She enjoys passing down the culinary lessons she has learned from J-town elders to younger generations, visitors to San Francisco, and the greater Bay Area.
When she's not dining out at San Francisco's newest eateries, Sophia works as an Epicurean Concierge for Edible Excursions and loves bringing people together to learn about and taste food. She also writes about Bay Area restaurants and food trends for Eater San Francisco among other publications. She recently spent two months working on a coffee farm in Hawaii, and word on the street is, she ran a late night, cookie-delivery business out of her college dorm room. You can follow her musings on Twitter @phiadosa
Anna has followed her fascination with the intersection of food and culture to Parisian tea salons, Singaporean hawker stands and Hawaiian taro farms. Her latest journey landed her in Kyoto, where she took pickle and soba making classes. Anna, who works as a sign language interpreter, writes about ethnic eats and immigrant food producers for Oakland Magazine, KQED's Bay Area Bites, and on her blog East Bay Ethnic Eats.
Krissa grew up in the Bay Area and loves everything it has to offer. With a degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly, she loves food and appreciates a really good homemade meal. Previously, she was a member at the Juice Bar Collective in North Berkeley, which is how she got connected with Edible Excursions. She loves working with people and talking about food, so being a culinary tour guide is a perfect fit!
Karen Solomon is the author of Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It and Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It, a contributing author to Chow! San Francisco Bay Area: 300 Affordable Places for Great Meals & Good Deals and a former contributing editor to Zagat Survey: San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants. A Mission District dwelling food writer, her edible musings have appeared in Fine Cooking, Prevention, Yoga Journal, Organic Style, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and elsewhere.
Bulgarian born, Elitsa grew up spending her summers in the countryside growing, harvesting, and preserving the bounty of her grandma's garden. Her two passions are food and travel, and she strongly believes that the best way to experience new cultures and places is through their cuisine. When she is not walking and eating her way through San Francisco, Elitsa works as a travel agent helping her clients plan the most amazing adventure in the U.S.
Carrie loves living in food-blessed Northern California. In addition to formal culinary training, she has experience with fine dining restaurants, casual cafes, a cooking school, specialty foods retail, catering and consulting. Carrie adores sharing the bounty of the Bay Area food scene with visitors from near and far.
A Vermonter who moved to San Francisco in 2005, mostly for the food, Quinn is a teacher, writer, photographer, and artist. He focuses much of his creative energy on food and beverage, writing for several national and online publications. He's always on the lookout a for a great bánh mì and can talk your ear off about where to get the best cocktails in town. Quinn also designs and sells his own "Distinctive Devices for Discerning Drinkers" at Store.LibationLab.com and you can follow him on Twitter @LibaLab
Sean Timberlake has two loves: Food and San Francisco. Luckily, he doesn't have to choose between them. As a volunteer tour guide and former board chair of San Francisco City Guides, he gets to wax rhapsodic about his favorite city, where he's lived since 1991. As a writer, his work has appeared on FoodNetwork.com, CookingChannelTV.com, Blackboard Eats, SFWeekly, and Foodzie (now Joyus Food). He is the founder of Punk Domestics, a site for devotees of DIY food, and writes the blog Hedonia with his husband, Realtor dpaul brown.
Rebecca is always excited to share her passion for culinary and cultural exploration. Leading food tours allows her to offer up the deliciously rich history and food culture of the Bay Area, her home for nearly half her life. A chef and anthropologist, Rebecca is committed to the local, sustainable, and organic food movement. She was a member at the Juice Bar Collective in North Berkeley for many years, and now, when not leading tours, works as a personal chef and is available for regional Mexican cooking parties through Edible Explorations.
Julia recently graduated from New York University, with a degree in Psychology and a minor in creative writing. After a record cold winter in New York and a deeply rooted passion in sustainable food systems, she decided to move to Berkeley to become a part of the unique food scene in the Bay Area. As the Tour Coordinator for Edible Excursions, she is excited to experience the diversity of restaurants in the area, while coordinating tours so that others can do the same.