meet your guides



Lisa Rogovin

Lisa Rogovin | Edible Excursions Founder/CEO/Epicurean Concierge

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.

 

While she created all the Edible Excursions tours and is intimately familiar with each, Lisa primarily leads private and Japantown tours.


Joshua Clever

Joshua Clever | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Street

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.


Sarah Henry

Emunah Hauser | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Street, Gourmet Ghetto, Temescal Tastes

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 Henry

Sarah Henry | Epicurean Concierge | Temescal Tastes, Gourmet Ghetto

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.


Brianne Hildago

Brianne Hildago | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Gourmet Ghetto

Born with a curious palate and parents who are great cooks, Brianne was destined to live in a place where good food was abundant. She moved to San Francisco for college, and though her formal education is in art, she is a self taught lover of food. Post college, Brianne has worked for local food businesses, including Miette Patisserie and Happy Girl Kitchens, who exemplify a passion for what they do, integrity in the ingredients they choose, and that have a desire to share their creations and knowledge with the rest of the world.


Alice Kawahatsu

Alice Kawahatsu | Epicurean Concierge | Japantown

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.


Sophia Lorenzi

Sophia Lorenzi | Epicurean Concierge & Operations Manager | Ferry Building, Mission 18th Street, Mission 24th Street

When she's not dining out at San Francisco's newest eateries, Sophia works as the Operations Manager 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 Mindess

Anna Mindess | Epicurean Concierge | ASL Tours

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.


Karen Solomon

Karen Solomon | Epicurean Concierge | Mission 18th Street, Ferry Building

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.


Quinn Sweeney

M. Quinn Sweeney | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Street, Craft Cocktails

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


Carrie Sullivan

Carrie Sullivan | Epicurean Concierge | Ferry Building, Mission 24th Street, Gourmet Ghetto

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.


Sean Timberlake

Sean Timberlake | Epicurean Concierge | Mission 18th Street, Ferry Building

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.