Eating your way through the East Bay


The Bay Area is home to many famous restaurants, but Oakland and its neighboring communities give San Francisco some healthy competition – especially in terms of value and diversity.

Which is why Lauren McCabe Herpich decided to launch Local Food Adventures, a walking tour company that highlights the region’s hidden culinary gems. “It’s a rich and vibrant food scene here, and I want to share it with everyone, whether you’re a local or a visitor,” says Herpich.

Her passion for the business began in college when she worked as a campus guide at the University of Arizona. While earning her master’s degree from Northwestern University, she gave guided food tours in Chicago.

After a destination wedding in Napa Valley, Herpich and her partner decided to relocate to California, eventually settling in the East Bay. Hoping to establish roots in her new neighborhood and support local businesses there, Herpich decided to start the Rockridge Food tour. After the birth of her son, Conner, it transitioned into Local Food Adventures.

Local Food Adventures received the “Best Walking Tour in the East Bay” award by Diablo Magazine in 2018 and 2019 and has been featured by many publications, including National Geographic and ABC News. It is also a supporter of area food banks: One dollar from every ticket purchased goes to support the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Running a thriving touring company, however, comes with a stream of operating costs. Here’s how Herpich uses her credit cards to make sure her growing body of hungry clients will always have a delicious experience…Read more>>