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Celebrate Last Few Weeks of Summer on a Food Tour!

 

Local Roots Food Tours is in the last few weeks of summer offering culinary walking tours.  Time sure flies by!  We would like to thank all our loyal and tasty customers by inviting them to come explore their palates with us – this time bringing someone new with them to introduce them to Local Roots Food Tours.  Even though its hot outside its nice and cool at the 6 to 9 stops we take our hungry tour participants.  Our routes are blessed with the shade from our City of Trees landscape…what a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  Offering to 4 different culinary walking tour options the world is your oyster during these dog days of summer to get out and explore your palates!

Be adventurous and don’t let the heat dictate your options of fun these last few weeks of summer!  Dog Days of Summer Ticket Sale is offering a special DISCOUNT CODE on any ADULT FOOD TOUR TICKET between July 30th thru Sept. 30th, 2014.  Use Promo Code: “DOGDAYS” to receive $7.00 off any adult ticket purchased online.  ***Excludes all gift certificate orders or private group tour experiences.  Limited to 5 tickets per order. We can’t wait to see you on another one of our summer fun food-filled days!  Buy Your Tickets ONLINE NOW by CLICKING HERE.

PostHeaderIcon Slow Food Sacramento: Thank You McDonalds

Thank You McDonalds  (by Lisa Frank)

Picture angry Italians protesting with bowls of penne at the base of the iconic and beautiful Spanish Steps in Rome shouting “We don’t want fast food… we want slow food!  It’s not a scene from a Fellini movie, but how Carlo Petrini started Slow Food.  He and his pasta-wielding compatriots were outraged that a McDonalds was going to open there (and it did.)
His protest against the commercialization of a beloved landmark with the “Golden Arches” turned into an international organization founded in 1989 that today has over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries.

Slow Food’s mantra is good, clean, fair food for all.  They want you to eat what is seasonal and local; respect the farmer and the produce/product; nurture the earth.  Sound familiar?  They believe that food should taste like, well, food and eating should take some time.  Slow Food calls it the “pleasures of the table.”  And it is not possible when a clown is looking over your shoulder.  Or a creepy looking king.  Or in your car.  Or at your keyboard.

Slow Food opposes the homogenization of modern fast food and life.  Life is diverse.  Culture is diverse.  Food is diverse.  It should not all look or taste alike.  Preservation of traditional or heritage foods, methods of preparation, and the culture associated with them is a worth while effort.  That is the entire focus of the Center for Biodiversity.  The premise is that if unique and tradition food products that are endangered can have an economic impact they can be saved from extinction.  Enter the Presidia – local projects that devise a pathway for bringing a food or method of preparation back from the brink of being lost.  The Ark of Taste is a catalog of foods worldwide being preserved through the efforts of Presidia.  And these projects are not somewhere else.  They are here: Blenheim Apricot, Charbono wine or Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple sound familiar?  Clarksburg’s Chenin Blanc grape is close to be being listed.

Petrini wanted to make the connection between the plate, the palate and the planet.  He calles it an “eco-gastronomic” movement that connected environmental sustainability (eco) to the study of culture and food (gastronomy).  He took this idea even further by creating the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy (full disclosure, I’m an alumni) to create a new type of food professional, one who understands the entire food-production spectrum, from agricultural origins through industrial transformation and distribution, with particular attention to environmental and sustainability issues.  These leaders, or Gastronomes as he calls them (us?), understand how to connect food processes to economic as well as communication systems, and the relationships within food-and-wine tourism, marketing of high-quality products, and promoting of the rich value of regional food traditions.

On the local front, California is now it’s own Slow Food Region.  Our local chapter, Slow Food Sacramento bestows their annual “Snail of Approval” award upon local businesses that best represent the Slow Food Principles of good, clean, fair food for all.  And to toot our own horn, Local Roots Food Tours has received the Slow Food Sacramento Snail of Approval because of our commitment to support business using fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable, or as we say FLOSS!

We congratulate our partners have also received a Snail of Approval for their use of seasonal, local and organically grown foods, including Centro, Café Bernardos, Hot Italian and Kupros.
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I have lived in Angels Camp for four years and have only visited a few restaurants in Murphys. Going on a food tour was the most amazing way to discover what I had been missing! The quality of restaurants, the quality of chef's and the quality of food and wine being offered in this charming little town is astonishing and it took the great idea of a food tour to help me realize that. Our first stop was at a restaurant called MINERAL and I have heard ALOT about it but never eaten there before and WOW! I simply can not wait to go back. The vegetarian burger was maybe one of the best things I have ever eaten. So artfully presented and getting to meet the chef was priceless. Another favorite restaurant was Alchemy who did a special dish just for us that was DELICIOUS and he paired it with a beer that was outstanding. I'm not a big beer drinker and this beer had a hint of Chai Spice which was intriguing and the food he paired it with was artful, truly. V Restaurant was another great stop where we met the young new chef and it was so amazing. He served these lamb meatballs and then talked to us about where he gets his lamb and the differences in husbandry and flavor. OUTSTANDING! I am on a limited budget so I dont get to go out much and certainly not to a fine restaurant like V and the food tour was just such a great way to discover and experience these great establishments. We went to so many incredible specialty food shops and we all enjoyed them equally as well as the restaurants. We ended the tour at one of the tasting rooms with probably one of the best reputation in town and the owner/ wife of the winemaker is a talented chef as well and she served us one of the most amazing deserts paired with one of their library wines. The winemaker/husband came by and said hello also. The tour guide was very personable and she seemed to be so passionate about the town and the tour and she really seemed to be having as good a time as us and I appreciated that. She told us local historical stories and it was the perfect amount of history. Some of the stories were amazing and interesting. I simply can not say enough about how much I enjoyed the tour. Every single stop was such a treat and the whole day you felt like a VIP. Its incredible to have so much quality offered in such a small town and I am so glad I choose to discover it this way.
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