Gourmet Walks founder Andrea Nadel has had a passion for food since childhood. A Maine native, she planned elaborate dinners while her mother did the dishes–not a bad arrangement! As a student at Williams College, she wrote restaurant reviews, taught a cooking class, and learned the art of wine tasting. While in Southern France, Andrea realized that her appreciation of fine food was much more than a hobby; she spent her time abroad relishing in carefully crafted meals, savoring gourmet chocolate, and defining her culinary ideology.
After college, Andrea worked in marketing but knew her true passion lay in working with food. She and her husband left New York for the Bay Area in 2000, and Andrea learned the ins and outs of San Francisco’s restaurant scene while pursuing her Master’s degree. In 2005, she realized her longtime dream: Andrea founded Gourmet Walks, a tour company highlighting the best food and wine in San Francisco and Wine Country. (Andrea is a licensed tour guide in San Francisco.)
Currently, Andrea and her family reside in Tiburon. When she’s not practicing yoga or taking a spin class, she loves seeing plays–she’s an avid supporter of local theater. A talented cook, Andrea often prepares dinner for her husband (a dairy-free pescetarian) and three children, only one of whom she currently considers a foodie–no easy task, but one she handles with aplomb! Of course, she makes time to try restaurants in the area and revisit her standbys; her favorite San Francisco eateries are Nightbird, Kusakabe and Lord Stanley. Andrea’s love of chocolate remains strong; she regularly serves as a panelist for Taste TV chocolate events, and highly recommends you try the Ginger Elizabeth Salty Cocoa Nib Brittle Dessert Bar-the name doesn’t do it justice!