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Hungry for food and good company?: Dishcrawl heading to Burlingame, returning to San Mateo
August 22, 2013, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

Photos courtesy of Dishcrawl
Dishcrawl participants go to multiple restaurants, within walking distance, over the course of one night.

Fans of food and good company can find both on the menu of a local venture bringing those core values to Burlingame next month.

San Jose-based Dishcrawl has been running food adventures for three-and-a-half years throughout the Bay Area. On Sept. 11, it makes another stop on the Peninsula.

Each guest pays $45 for the two-and-a-half hour experience which lets them sample fare at multiple venues in a given area. Forty-eight hours prior to the event, attendees are informed of the first stop. Three restaurants follow, with the last including a dessert.

“We make sure there are different types of cuisine,” said Jennifer Gutierrez, Dishcrawl community manager for San Jose. “Burlingame Avenue is a great community to tap into. We serve the best dishes at the restaurants and make sure there are different types of cuisine.”

Each event’s host gives introductions at the restaurants to give the visitors a backstage experience, Gutierrez said.

Visitors meet the owners and chefs and try the restaurant’s specialties. Gutierrez calls it a real promotional project which helps boost local economies.

The company’s founder, Tracy Lee, was working at large tech company in the area and unsatisfied with her job when she dreamed up Dishcrawl.

“I wanted to do something more with my life,” Lee said. “So I started hosting these events and they took off from there. Silicon Valley is all about dreams and hopes, and I fell into the idea. I thought, why don’t I do an event where taking people around and eating at awesome places? Apparently people love it.”

Just a month ago, the startup raised an undisclosed amount of money in an angel funding round.

One of the first Dishcrawls was in San Mateo back in 2010 and it returns again Wednesday, Aug. 28 with a start at the newly opened Three Restaurant on Third Avenue. In an unrelated venture that helps paint San Mateo as a food destination, the city is also part of the Best of the Road campaign to win “Best Food” this year. If the city wins, it will be featured in Best of the Road’s 2015 atlas, a phone app and a party.

Other Dishcrawl cities include San Francisco, New York, Montreal, Ottawa, San Jose, Toronto, Philadelphia, Portland, Washington, D.C., and more. It is in 125 cities now. Gutierrez said the startup hopes to tap into San Francisco more in the future.

There are no age restrictions. Vegetarian options are available, however, they may not be able to accommodate other dietary restrictions. Drinks are not included in the ticket price, but drink specials and pairings may be available at discretion of the participating restaurant.

The Burlingame Dishcrawl starts 7 p.m. Sept. 11. For more information visit or follow @Dishcrawlbrlg.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105



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