These two sisters love Los Angeles. And they love food. So they've combined their passions and turned them into a business called Melting Pot Tours LLC.
Named for the diversity of the city's foods, the Manhattan Beach company organizes walking tours in which participants stop in L.A. eateries and sample the fare. The company was formed in July by sisters Lisa and Diane Scalia with an $8,000 investment.
The emphasis is on local color, or maybe flavor.
"Los Angeles was never white bread and mayo, and never will be," Diane Scalia said. "We've always loved its ethnic restaurants and showing those to people."
The tour runs twice a week, and they take a group of 12 from Farmers Market down Third Street to La Cienega Boulevard. Participants pay $49, which includes tastings at various eateries.
Lisa Scalia, 47, whose background is in residential real estate, manages the company's operations and owns the majority of the company.
Diane Scalia, 49, is the company's official tour guide. She has worked as a freelance chef for 20 years as a caterer, private and corporate chef, and food stylist.
The Scalias plan to add tours in Koreatown and downtown in 2009. They have also been asked by the Farmers Market to design an in-depth tour for its 75th anniversary next year.
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