The Story

Stretchy Pants was founded by chef and food scientist enthusiast, Kara in San Francisco. Kara has always had a passion for cooking, trying new foods, and discovering new places. After graduating from college, she ventured to culinary school in San Francisco, where she studied French cuisine. Since then, Kara has gained seven years of experience in the food industry. She began her career as a prep cook and waitress in restaurants before joining a consulting firm that designs food for grocery stores. Specializing in bakery science, she then developed cookies for food service providers around the country.

After eating one too many cookies, she pursued an M.A. in business to bring Stretchy Pants to life. Kara lived in Spain and Taiwan while completing her degree and has since traveled to more than 65 countries around the globe.  Combining food and travel, her two favorite things, Kara created Stretchy Pants.

Ruby is the other leg in Stretchy Pants.  Ruby and Kara went to college together in Florida, and have since been fast friends and adventure buddies.  Ruby received her B.A. in international business and anthropology, and she has always been fascinated by travel and how food shapes our understanding of community and the world around us.  After undergrad, Ruby moved to the Bay Area, where she received her Juris Doctorate, focusing on international high technology law, but also co-founding the Association for the Protection of Cultural Property (which includes food!) and taking every chance possible to travel. Ruby finally realized life is better with good food and good friends so she joined the Stretchy Pants revolution!

Stretchy Pants encourages everyone to try local cuisines and meet new people along the way, as it offers an intimate glimpse into the heart of any city, an idea near to both Ruby and Kara’s heart.  So, come feed your curiosity with us!

Kara & Ruby

Kara & Ruby



The Stretchy Pants tour of Chinatown was great. Even though I’ve lived in SF for years, I learned a lot about what part Chinatown played in important events like the Gold Rush. The food was great and I’m always down to get boba, so that was a fun treat. Great way to spend a couple of hours!


Tea & Dim Sum Food Walk

This was a dangerous tour for my sweet tooth! We had some of the best ice cream and pastries that I wouldn’t have found on my own. I loved learning more about the Painted Ladies and how deserts meant more than just eating on this tour. I recommend it whether you are visiting or living in San Francisco.


Sweets & Victorians Dessert Walk

I had an EXCELLENT time on the cocktails and aphrodisiac tour! I live in SF but learned so much about the city and the science behind aphrodisiacs. The menu was well curated- the food and drinks were delicious, everything had an interesting story or fact behind it and nobody left hungry. The group size was perfect, it was intimate enough so that we didn’t have any problems hearing the guide speak or fitting into any of the restaurants, but it was big enough that we had a chance to mingle and make new friends as the tour progressed. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone that wants to get a taste of the real SF!


Cocktails & Aphrodisiacs Food Walk

Had a blast on the vegan tour! As a fervent carnivore, I was skeptical but decided to approach the evening with an open mind. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed myself. The restaurants were delicious, the foods high quality and full of flavor, plus I learned a lot about the history of veganism and the Mission District. I loved our tour guide and will definitely be taking another Stretchy Pants tour in the future.


Street Art & Vegan Food Walk