Written by Bill Zavestoski
If you're a foodie, you know you are fortunate to be living in the Bay Area, a culinary connoisseur's wonderland. These gastronomic getaways will tempt your taste buds and palate—and are less than a tank of gas away.
On the grounds outside One Ferry Building
What better place for a foodie than a farmers market? This
one showcases the fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, breads, cheeses and
jams of more than 100 local farmers, food artisans, prepared food
vendors and even restaurants.
The market greatly expands on Saturdays, both in vendors and
operating hours, so come for a hot breakfast or lunch from featured
local restaurants. Like artisan street food? It's featured ever Thursday.
Though the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture
only operates the outdoor market, foodies will want to check out the
private retail spaces inside the Ferry Building, most of which are
Fine Print: Open rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Tuesdays and
Thursdays and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
315 Sutter St.
Go? Knowledgeable founder and host Chris Milano offers tour-goers
not just a look at the culinary culture of several San Francisco
neighborhoods, but an interactive history lesson on lifestyles and
Try the North Beach-Chinatown combo tour, where you can sample
everything from focaccia
bread and pizza to dim sum and steamed pork buns. The other public
tour covers The Mission (Latin food).
Tip: Wear comfortable shoes (the tour takes 3 to 3½ hours and
covers several miles) and you might want to seriously consider pants that have an
expandable waistband. Book up to 30 days in advance.
Fine Print: Public tours are given Friday, Saturday, Sunday and
Tuesday at 11 a.m., though only the Mission tour is offered on
Sundays. Cost is $79, though you can get a $10 discount by booking by
email on the Foodie Adventures! site.
750 Chileno Valley Rd.
cheese movement has mushroomed in Marin and Sonoma, with more than
20,000 acres of land in the two counties producing nearly 100
different cheeses from cow, goat and sheep milk. See the “whey”
Do: Cheeseheads can view the entire ranch on Achadinah's
90-minute “Traditional Tour,” including the
loafing barn, milking parlor, cheese plant and aging rooms. Yummy
samples of the product are included.
Tip: As long as you're on what has been labeled the California
Cheese Trail, visit several more of the cheesemakers that are open to
the public. Plan on a full day of nibbling.
Fine Print: Advance online registration is required for the
90-minute tour at Achadinah. The cost is $15. A 2½-hour group tour
(minimum 10) that includes a gourmet lunch and wine runs $75 a
20215 Highway 1
Why Go? Do bivalves really have aphrodisiac properties? Tour Hog Island’s state-of-the-art wet storage tank systems and harvesting facilities on Tomales Bay to find out.
Do: Take a one-hour tour
and tasting as you learn about oyster history, biology, watershed
ecology and Hog Island's sustainable farming techniques.
Since oysters are live seafood and must remain cold, bring
a cooler if you plan to stock up on your visit. Purchase ice
and shucking knives in the shop.
tours for families and small groups are $10 per person and are
available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Tours must be
arranged in advance through Hog Island's website.