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Valentine’s Day Weekend Singles Culinary Experience

3 hours 4 courses ~1 mile$89+ per person

No Valentine’s Day plans? No problem. Get together with other SF singles for a 3-hour culinary experience in North Beach or Mission District. You’ll get to explore one of San Francisco’s best food-filled neighborhoods and meet other people who love eating and adventure in the process. Treat yourself (or yourself and your other single friends!) this Valentine’s Day.

Mission District-Saturday, February 16th 3-6 pm

North Beach-Sunday, February 17th 4-7 pm

 

Valentine’s Singles Culinary Experience North Beach

or view our calendar to see when tours are offered

How it Works

 

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Your Progressive Culinary Experience

Our 4-course progressive prix-fixe dining experience visits 4 restaurants – two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert, with a sprinkling of culinary history and stories in between.

Our Tendernob Food Tour focuses on quality over quantity. Like a great sushi meal, our goal is to have you sample the highest quality ingredients – small dishes with huge flavor. We strive to shift your perspective of a piece of cheese through its story of the person who made it and even a unique alcohol pairing. And yes, that cheese is not your average grocery store cheese; it can cost well over $30 per pound!

POSSIBLE TASTINGS* (EACH TOUR INCLUDES 4 TASTINGS!)

Potential Tastings North Beach

Enjoy famous tomato based seafood stew cioppino invented in San Francisco by Italian Fisherman

Taste yummy croquettes in an alleyway trendy cocktail den featured in the New York Times

Signature pork sliders in historic former Purple Onion Comedy Club where Phyllis Diller, The Kingston Trio, The Smothers Brothers and Maya Angelou got their start

Taste delicious deviled egg and huckleberry fritter at award-winning Tavern in the historic Moose’s Restaurant

Handmade kale chips and vegan sampler at Bolivian music venue located in the former Amelio’s, known for hosting Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s wedding dinner. Meet Quentin the owner and hear how she met her husband, a two time Latin Grammy-nominated musician, and fell in love before opening their food & music venue together

Authentic Italian wood-fired pizza from the oldest pizza oven on the West Coast – Voted No. 3 Best Pizza in the US according to People Magazine’s Pizza Search

Hearty and cheesy arancini at old-time historical Italian red sauce restaurant, a North Beach neighborhood hotspot

Hand-filled authentic cannoli at a historic Italian bookshop turned cafe

A trio of Gelato tastes featuring partnerships with local food purveyors – TCHO Chocolate, St. George Spirits, Numi Tea and Fiddyment Farm Pistachios

Potential Tastings Mission District

Sample a Cheese Flight at a New York Times acclaimed chic cheese cafe featuring only American artisan cheeses. Learn about the small American dairy movement from knowledgeable cheesemongers!

Savor Tyler’s Pork Belly Breakfast Taco or Hot Churros at a Southwestern Family-owned Restaurant from the winner of Season 9 of the Amazing Race

Sample West coast cult favorite Rebel Within, a cheese and sausage muffin with an oozing soft boiled egg inside, from innovative pastry chef and James Beard nominated, William Werner

Seasonal Sweet Potato Quesadilla from innovative Mexican vegan restaurant

Chicken Verde and Cod Taco duo at trendy Taco bar boasting over 350 different types of tequila

Mission-style Grilled Chicken Burrito at authentic taqueria inventor of the Mission-style burrito. Taste history!

Authentic Pupusas from Family-owned and operated Mission District longtime restaurant

Salted Caramel Ice Cream considered one of the top five desserts in America at the United States’ best loved Creamery. Skip the inevitable line with Avital Tours!

Go behind-the-scenes into a commercial chocolate kitchen to learn how truffles are made and sample your flavor choice of a Gelato Pop and Truffle

Have your heart set on a particular tasting?
Call us at (415) 355-4044 to find out which restaurants will be featured.

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2 DRINK ALCOHOL PAIRING UPGRADE
[$18 PER PERSON]

Potential Pairings North Beach

Sip on a refreshing Pimm’s cup cocktail made by some of San Francisco’s best bartenders
Taste specialty McClaren cocktail featuring Junipero Gin

Kipling Button Punch cocktail a cousin of the Pisco Punch, invented only a few blocks away in North Beach during the Barbary Coast era

A glass of Chianti Classico to complement your cioppino!

Pizza is paired with a glass of wine, Tommaso’s private-label syrah

Glass of Italian Red wine paired with hearty Italian Fare

Potential Pairings Mission District

Unique dark Belgian Style beer paired with cheeses for incredible pairing unlike any other you’ve ever tasted

A light and refreshing Mezcal Margherita made with Mezcal for Brunch!

Seasonal Michael Lazar-created cocktail featured on 7×7 Magazine’s list of Top 50 cocktails and featured in the New York Times as one of San Francisco’s best craft cocktail programs

A refreshing Golden State Mighty Dry cider paired with the Rebel Within!

PSST…Looking for a private tour?

Our private food tours in San Francisco are perfect for visitors, family reunions, alumni groups, mothers clubs, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and bachelor parties. Or just get some friends together and organize a private tour!

Inquire for private tour
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What Others Are Saying

This tour was amazing and by far our favorite DLA Piper event of the summer. It was such a gorgeous summer day to walk around the Mission and all of the stops were perfect. Even though I grew up in the Bay Area, this was one side of the Mission I never experienced, and had a lot of fun doing it! – Nancy Lam, DLA Piper Law Firm, San Francisco, CA
Absolutely AMAZING! Best tour I've ever been on in the US and globally. – Jen, Stillwell, KS
This was honestly one of the most fun and educational thing I've ever done in SF. – Jamie, San Francisco, CA

Just the facts

Offered

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

4pm-7pm

Sun

3pm-6pm

  • The Facts

    • Hear the stories of chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts!
    • Tours available
      • Mission District: Saturday, February 16th 4pm-7pm ($89)
      • North Beach: Sunday, February 17th 3pm-6pm ($99)
    • 2 drink upgrade for guests 21+: $18 per person for 2 tasting drinks
    • Flat route, approximately 1 1/2 miles
    • Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
  • Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
  • This is a social dining experience. One of our core values at Avital is Create Community, so we feel the best dining experiences are the ones in which we’re seated around tables sharing food and stories with others. Therefore, we have a 4-person minimum. If the minimum number of guests is not reached, we will contact you to help you reschedule onto another time or date with other guests, or offer a refund.
  • Don’t see the date or time you want? Have a group of 8 or more and want to upgrade to a private tour? Email groups@avitaltours.com.
  • Gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide
  • Advance Tickets are required

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

One of our core values at Avital is Breathe Curiosity. We enjoy introducing you to new foods and old favorites in new ways. We very much encourage guests to be adventurous and try something new – we’ve even had an 80-year old man try his first oyster with us! Thus, while we love the diverse ways our guests choose to eat, we can accommodate the following restrictions.

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Pregnant Guests
  • No Pork
  • No Seafood

You will be asked for your dietary restrictions during your booking process. If you are unsure if we can accommodate your restriction, please email us at info@avitaltours.com. Please note that this tour may include nuts, dairy, seafood, spicy food and pork.

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WHY AVITAL TOURS?

Wondering what makes the Avital Tendernob Food Tour different from all other tours? Check out our About Us page for the answer!

We live and breathe by our Core Values:

  • Breathe Curiosity
  • Create Community
  • Embrace Quirky
  • Seize Ownership
  • Communicate Compassion
  • Build AWESOME Experiences

WHAT'S OUR VALUE?

  • Our fun and knowledgeable guides
  • Curation of the experience, relationships with high quality restaurants, and dish choice. We eat all of the bad food so you don’t have too – sigh, hard job
  • Stories of the restaurant owners, chefs and neighborhood
  • Facilitating interactions with the community
  • Seamless logistics (tables are reserved, guests are seated and food arrives quickly)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

    Yes, advance ticket purchase is required. Tours typically sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. We recommend 2 weeks notice.

  • Do I have to purchase the alcohol pairing in advance?

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  • Is gratuity included?

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  • If a tour is sold out, can I get on the waiting list?

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  • Do you offer tours in other languages?

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