As I was searching for team building options local to San Francisco, I discovered Avital Tours – walking food tours that are for locals, by locals. They have locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles that can be tailored for groups ranging from 8 to 80 people in size. They offer three different private tours in the Bay Area: the Mission District Food Tour, the Union Square Cocktail Tour, and the North Beach Food Tour.

A group of friends on an Avital Food Tour.

A group of friends on an Avital Food Tour.

Their corporate option, the Mission District Food Tour, is designed with a goal of having their local guests learn something about their own back yard. Avital collects a series of smaller culinary experiences into one larger one: they takes their guests back into local restaurant kitchens to talk to the owners and meet the chefs, and  introduce the group to unique food and alcohol pairings.

Their website clarifies the guest limits: there is an 8 person minimum for private tours, so groups of 1-7 can join a public tour, or pay for an 8 person tour, groups of up to 30 can all take one tour with one guide, and if your group is over 30, Avital will work with you to organize multiple smaller tours with a few of their guides. They offer tours starting between 11am-6pm Monday through Friday, and 3-6pm on Sundays. Private tours on Saturday are only offered depending on availability.

They are highly reviewed on both Yelp and Trip Advisor, maintaining a 5-Star rating average. One Yelp reviewer said this about their Mission District tour:

The Mission is one of San Francisco’s most awesome neighborhoods and this tour gives you the highlights of history, culture, and FOOD! We ate some excellent dishes at four different restaurants — would have taken me HOURS to research and route myself! Madeline was the perfect guide, keeping our crew on track and well-fed. Next time I’m in town I’ll definitely go on one of Avital’s other tours.

Below is a video by The Sacramento Bee that explains more about Avital Food Tours:

Offering a delicious and interesting team bonding option, Avital Tours seems great for companies or departments of any size.

Connect with them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AvitalTours

And Twitter: https://twitter.com/avitaltours

And here is the FAQ section of their website: http://avitaltours.com/san-francisco/about/faq/.

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