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Our Team

Our job is to tell you the stories of the people behind the food with a smile and expert knowledge. But first, get to know the faces behind Avital Food Tours. We love what we do and want to share our stories with you!

  • Avital Ungar, Owner/Founder

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      Cocktail of Choice:

      Boulevardier

    • Lookout

      Favorite Lookout Point:

      From the Dumbo Waterfront

    • Culinary

      Current Culinary Addiction:

      Endive

    Avital Ungar, founder and owner of Avital Tours, first became serious about the finer points of life while living in Paris and the quaint town of Aix-en-Provence in Southern France. After drinking wine at three in the afternoon as per the cultural norm and gorging her way through the countryside, Avital returned to the United States and began reading “Wine for Dummies” with the hope of adding an academic wine approach to her informal wine education. Now, years later, Avital is a certified sommelier.

    A UCLA graduate, Avital studied Art History, French and Mandarin Chinese but wishes she could have majored in Chocolate. Returning to her hometown of San Francisco after living in Shanghai working in the Chinese Contemporary art market, she began to pursue her interest in art and food professionally. She has been leading artisan food and wine tours for the past six years. She has served as a judge at the 2011 International Chocolate Salon, the Best of the West Rib Competition, the Good Food Awards and and has been featured on CNN, the Travel Channel, Travel+Leisure and more.

    Want Avital to speak at your next event? Email info@avitaltours.com.

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  • Corinne Sykes, San Francisco City Manager

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    • Cocktail

      Cocktail of Choice:

      Anything with vegetables

    • Lookout

      Favorite Lookout Point:

      Kite Hill

    • Culinary

      Current Culinary Addiction:

      Pickled Beets

    Corinne came to San Francisco for the Balkan music scene, but stayed for the food! (Yes, there’s a Balkan music scene…) Her passion for community through music and food began with her first trip abroad, to Bulgaria. Because she had no shared language with the grandmothers she met in the village, she would sing for them… and they would answer with food. Thus began a beautiful linguistic exchange – especially if the Rakija came out!

    Upon returning to the U.S., her head was full of songs, but her stomach was empty – missing the cherry kompot, the chubritsa spice, the khinkali dumplings, the khach’ap’uri cheese bread, and all the new flavors she’d encountered.

    Attempts to recreate the magic included: buying a goat, raising chickens, keeping bees, and lots of gardening!  Ultimately Corinne sought more and more new flavors, and ventured into the vastness of the SF restaurant scene.

    She invites you to join her for a culinary adventure through some of her favorite neighborhoods, where she’ll introduce you to her favorite characters, new flavors, and the stories behind them.

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  • Renee Novak, Operations Assistant and Customer Service

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    • Cocktail

      Cocktail of Choice:

      Mint Julep

    • Lookout

      Favorite Lookout Point:

      Golden Gate Heights Mosaic Stairway

    • Culinary

      Current Culinary Addiction:

      Stuffed Green Pepper Soup