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PostHeaderIcon Tune In to Local Music Venues in Murphys!

Music Venues Abound in Murphys, CA  by Bethany Woy

There is nothing like listening to live music. Yes, your ipod and CD can ease your troubles in the car—but there is something about sitting down and watching talented musicians taking you away to a far off place. Now, add that live music experience with a glass of wine and delicious food and you’ve found yourself a new spot to be. Every. Week. The following are a few places in Calaveras County where you can kick back, relax and let the good times roll… May I suggest booking a Food and Wine tour with Local Roots Food Tours and hitting up one of these lovely establishments after your tour to listen to some amazing local musicians???

Alchemy Market -  191 Main Street, Murphy’s, Ca  (209) 728-0700      Alchemy is a very well known and loved restaurant in Murphy’s and boasts Chef Jason Wright’s personal menu. The lovely interior showcases California Cuisine while adding local flair with their wine menu and baked goods. Not only is the menu to die for, live music is played at Alchemy TWO times a week! (My kind of place!) Every Tuesday from 4pm-8pm, $5 glasses of wine are served and Alchemy also offers a menu of fresh fish dishes as well as house made desserts.  Sounds good to me!

Every Friday, Alchemy offers jazz music by Matt Cullen on their patio from 5:30pm-8pm. The music is free- but the restaurant asks that you call for reservations and stay for dinner. Seems like a pretty easy thing to me. Alchemy also suggests if the mood strikes you- feel free to get up and dance!

V Restaurant, Bar & Bistro  402 Main Street, Murphy’s   (209) 728-0107 Any place that has been voted “best cocktail” years over, gets a gold star in my book. V Restaurant in Murphy’s has done just that. Not only are their award winning cocktails amazing- their menu showcases fresh, local and organic food that is absolutely mouth watering. Lamb meatballs or fresh vegetable risotto? Yes, please. Pair this with some local wine (or cocktail if that strikes your fancy) and some live music? You’ve got yourself a perfect night.  Each Friday and Saturday night, V offers local music that will knock your socks off! My suggestion is to check out their Facebook page for updates, calendars and specials. You won’t be sorry you did!

Want to make a full weekend of it? The V Restaurant is located in the Victoria Inn- check out their website and see if there are any reservations so you can make it a weekend destination!

Twisted Oak Winery  363 Main Street, Murphy’s,  (209) 728-3000 A beautiful winery with amazing wine, that has the brilliant idea to start a concert series? I’m in. Twisted Oak Winery has now released their summer concert series and boy does it look like fun! The winery offers a breath taking venue as well as food, drink and (most importantly!) delicious Twisted Oak Wine. The winery allows you to bring in your own food and drink (but the big wigs ask that you keep alcoholic beverages at home)- which I am okay with, because Twisted Oak wine is absolutely delicious. Hanging out under the stars while listening to beautiful folk music? Sounds like the perfect summer evening to me. Check out their website right now and purchase some tickets for these events. I guarantee they will sell out quickly.
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PostHeaderIcon Farm and Wine Bus Tour Big Savings Day!

Exploring Northern California’s hills and valleys by bus is only the beginning. We take participants right to the source of our local food chain: the farms and vineyards.  Our bus goes behind the gates and beyond the tractors to meet local farmers & vintners. Learn where their farm story began, how they see our local agriculture growing, and their role as a provider to our local communities and restaurants. We literally go from the farm to fork in our bus adventure.

Take advantage of our special farm and wine bus tour day this upcoming May 19th with discount savings on tour tickets.  For this date only, we are offering a special ticket price of $54 per adult ticket – a $15 savings per ticket!  Use promo code: FRESH to receive discount:  http://www.zerve.com/LocalRoots/Sierra

Our Sierra Foothill Farm & Wine Tour focuses on the Placer County area on the Sunday, May 19th bus tour route. We showcase Placer Grown farms and vineyards along a beautiful planned tour route.

Though subject to change, you can expect:

  • Transportation from a central meeting location in our 14 passenger executive bus
  • A 4 hour bus tour with 5 to 6 different stops
  • A trained local guide ready to showcase farms, orchards, & vineyards
  • An opportunity to shop at each stop
  • A catered, 4 course gourmet lunch
  • Local Roots Food Tours reusable shopping bag

Typical stops will be to a indoor farmers market/bakery, a local olive oil mandarin farm, 1 or 2 fresh berry patches/farms, 1 organic produce farm, 1 flower farm and 1 local vineyard with wine tastings. Shopping will be allowed on all stops and is highly encouraged!  Our bus tour is fully guided by our locally trained hosts who will delight you with stories and fun facts about the region. Each participant will be treated to a gourmet lunch, along with complimentary beverages.

Come along and enjoy the beauty of the rolling Sierra’s along with bountiful farms, spring flowers and delicious bites of our local bounty.  It will be a day you will always remember and the opportunity to connect to our local farmers and vintners.  Don’t forget to bring your cameras -  there will be some wonderful photo ops!   For further questions about our farm & wine tours please give us a call:  1-800-407-8918  or contact us via our email:  info@localrootsfoodtours.com

 

PostHeaderIcon Make Your Mom’s Day on a Walking Food Tour!

GIVE THE GIFT OF FOOD & WINE THIS MOTHER’S DAY!

Mom’s always know best but how about giving them a break for a day and treating them to a day away from their kitchen? I don’t know of any mom who doesn’t find comfort in food!  Celebrate all the women in your life and what they have done for you and others by sending them on a culinary adventure – a walking food & wine tour!  A special way to say “thanks!”

MOTHERS DAY GIFT CERTIFICATE SPECIAL:  For a limited time only -  Buy a GIFT CERTIFICATE with a special Mother’s Day Message for $45.00.  A SAVINGS OF $15.00! ***Gift certificate is good for any Local Roots Food Walking Tours***  Offer expires May 18, 2012 – No expiration on gift certificates. Limited to 4 gift certificates per order.  To order your Mother’s Day Gift Certificate Special please visit: http://www.zerve.com/LocalRoots/Giftcertificates  ***Use Promo Code “BESTMOM”*** OR 1-800-407-8918.

ADULT FOOD TOUR TICKET SALE:  Take your mom/spouse on a food tour!  Treat your well-deserved mom to a day out of the kitchen and into 6 different restaurants for a culinary experience she will never forget!  FOR A LIMITED TIME purchase any adult food tour ticket for any of our walking culinary tours and receive $15 off each ticket purchased. Use code: BESTMOM for this limited time discount.  To take advantage of this offer you can purchase tickets thru: http://www.zerve.com/LocalRoots

 

Our LOCAL ROOTS FOOD TOURS GIFT CERTIFICATE is a GREAT way to show your love or appreciation to that someone.  Nothing says “thank you” or “I love you” more than delicious and fresh ingredient food!
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It is about time that something like this is available in Sacramento! Lisa is an engaging guide with a positive attitude and lots of history at the tip of her tongue. She leads her groups on a culinary discovery walk of downtown residential areas near the capitol, talking about the city's history and stopping at local restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses and delis for foods that delight and surprise. The walk is flat, easy and punctuated with stops that make it a delight on a fine day. Top that with discount coupons for future visits and you'll discover new favorite haunts. Bravo, Lisa!
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