Gourmet Walks Launches Tour for Chocolate Lovers

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"The San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour" showcases local chocolatiers.

Gourmet Walks, LLC has officially begun operating as a culinary tour provider. The company's first offering is a walking and tasting tour of gourmet chocolate boutiques in downtown San Francisco. Within a year, Gourmet Walks plans to develop additional tours that teach tourists and locals about the Bay Area food scene, with ample opportunity for sampling.

The San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour is offered on Wednesdays at 10:00 am, and Fridays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm. The tour begins at the Ferry Building Marketplace, heads up Market Street and ends at Union Square. Guests taste filled chocolates, premium bars and hot chocolate at six different gourmet chocolate boutiques. Along the way, Gourmet Walks guides talk about chocolate production from bean to bar, the latest trends in chocolate, the history of chocolate and its health benefits. The $50 ticket price covers a generous amount of chocolate to sample throughout the 3-hour tour.

"The Bay Area is quietly becoming one of the chocolate capitals of the world," says Andrea Nadel, founder of Gourmet Walks. "There are so many options for consumers and demand for premium chocolate keeps growing. We want our customers to have fun, but also come away from the tour feeling like they learned something about chocolate and San Francisco."

Local chocolate boutiques are thrilled to be part of the tour. Many tourists have never been exposed to San Francisco's best chocolate names. After sampling their fine chocolate and learning about their artisan methods, these guests will look for San Francisco brands on future trips or even purchase online. At Recchiuti, guests learn about how master chocolatier Michael Recchiuti combs the Farmers Market for fresh, local herbs to create his signature chocolate infusions, such as lemon verbena and tarragon grapefruit. Fog City News, another stop on the tour, carries over 225 chocolate bars from over 15 different countries. Many guests are not aware this ordinary newsstand even sells chocolate. At this stop, guests participate in a blind tasting of bars from different regions, with varying percentages of cacao.

The San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate tour has already garnered rave reviews from both tourists and local foodies. A Chicago tourist recently wrote, "Chocoholic heaven! Great fun! Tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, eager to answer questions about San Francisco and chocolate. Generous sampling of chocolate left me wanting no more (difficult to achieve with me and chocolate!)..." And one local guest wrote, "I've lived in San Francisco my whole life and never knew the city held such a trove of chocolate hot spots..."

Gourmet Walks also offers custom-designed tours for private parties or corporate events. The company has partnered with Baking Arts on a private Chocolate Tour and Chocolate Truffle Making Class, and a local spa for a Beautiful Chocolate Day. For more information on Gourmet Walks, please visit http://www.gourmetwalks.com.

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