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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!



Cocktail of Choice: Boulevardier

Favorite Lookout Point: Domino Park

Current Culinary Addiction: Dosa Chips




Zari Lum
Culinary Guide

Cocktail of Choice: A classic gin and tonic

Favorite Lookout Point: Rooftop of the Public Hotel

Current Culinary Addiction: Pickled mangos from the Pickle Guys





Jacob Ritts
Culinary Guide: East Village, Flatiron

Cocktail of Choice: Rum Coconuts

Favorite Lookout Point: Staten Island Ferry

Current Culinary Addiction: Frozen Yogurt with Baklava




Renee Novak
Operations Coordinator and Customer Service

Cocktail of Choice: Mint Julep

Favorite Lookout Point: Dumbo Waterfront

Current Culinary Addiction: Stuffed Green Pepper Soup




Talia Cohen
Culinary Guide

Cocktail of Choice: Elderflower and grapefruit gin and tonic. Really anything floral, light, and bubbly

Favorite Lookout Point: Any hill on the Isle of Skye—edenic views, plus everything smells like heather honey

Current Culinary Addiction: Mochi and smoked paprika (not together!). Also, putting coconut milk in my green tea