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

      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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  • Renee Novak, Operations Assistant and Customer Service

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    • Cocktail

      Cocktail of Choice:

      Mint Julep

    • Lookout

      Favorite Lookout Point:

      Dumbo looking into Manhattan

    • Culinary

      Current Culinary Addiction:

      Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

  • Marguerite Vinet Imbert, Culinary Guide: East Village, Flatiron

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    • Cocktail

      Cocktail of Choice:

      Pisco Sour

    • Lookout

      Favorite Lookout Point:

      Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken

    • Culinary

      Current Culinary Addiction:

      Chocolate Chip Cookies