The food/history tour was really fun. Bethany, our guide, is charming, a history geek, a foodie, and overflows with enthusiasm and information. We just moved to the area, but the locals in our group also seemed to enjoy the day and we shared information and bonded over great eats.
— Goldmember Dec 2011, Sacramento, CA
My girlfriend and I went on the City of Trees Food Tour just before the Thanksgiving holiday and I must say that this was the BEST Food Tour I have been on. Lisa was a great tour guide and her tour was the most organized, mapped out tour I have been on. The food that we experienced was TOP NOTCH and the presentations by the Chefs at a couple of the stops was exactly what you'd expect from a Food Tour. Kudos to Lisa for getting the Chefs to talk to us and explain the food in such detail. This is what made this Food Tour a Culinary Experience where other were just food tours where we ate and had little interaction with the Chefs.
If you are in to the history of the city of Sacramento then you will find out enough about Downtown Sacramento to be dangerous. I'm not a huge history person and thought it might be kind of boring, but Lisa showed us some really COOL history and took us through some quaint neighborhoods.I mean how else would you ever find out that one of the mansions in downtown was moved 3 different times.
All in all, I would say this tour is an A+ and I am VERY picky when it comes to food tours. You could say I am a Food Snob. I wish I would have been in town longer so I could have gone on one of the other Tours offered by Local Roots. I 1000% recommend this tour to anyone at any age. My girlfriend and I are in our mid-30's and loved it. Give this Tour a try and I promise you will not be disappointed. November 2011
— Jay Veniard, Phoenix, AZ
Sacramento is a wonderful city for a walking tour because of the wide, flat, tree-lined streets and interesting historic architecture. Add to that six stops for some of the most delicious food served in the area and you have a wonderful way to spend the day in Sacramento. Come hungry because the chefs and owners are justifiably proud of the food they serve and share generous portions along with their enthusiasm. Local Roots Food Tours has created a wonderful way for you to experience some of the best the area has to offer.
— Carolyn R., Fairfield, CA
This tour and the food was fabulous and so much more than we expected. Bethany, our guide was very knowledgeable about Sacramento and the history/architecture of our tour. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves food and history. The walk was more like a stroll so you have plenty of time to ask questions and just enjoy the neighborhoods you stroll through. Be prepared for more than just a sample of foods, the portions were more than just a nibble-thoroughly enjoyed.
— Billy C, Fairfield, CA
My husband and I went on one of your tours when we were in Sacramento for business meetings. We had a really good time. Our hostess/tour guide Bethany was great, she was very informative and interesting.
She obviously knew a lot about the restaurants that she took us to. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
— Samantha Rabenold, Oroville, WA
Some great friends who recently moved here invited us out for a day of fun! Bethany our tour extraordinaire was beyond words!! Let\'s just say that our 6 of 8 in the group can be ( hopefully delightful) a hand full! Bethany was most informative and fun! While we had eaten at several of the restaraunts we visited, we knew little of the background or history. It was great to hear the passion from each of the Chefs about the food we have so many times enjoyed but obviously knew little of how it was created! This was also an enlightening experience as to where we live. Little did we know about our own surroundings that we took for granted! Big THANKS to Bethany for a wonderful day of food, information, fun, food, a good walk, food, and for opening our eyes to the greatness and sustainability around us, did I say food?!! We will continue to support the local eateries and giggle about the memories of the day! Thank you!! We will see you again soon!!
— J-R S, Sacto
We enjoyed our tour on May 5 so much! Shelby gave us a detailed history of the town as well as background information from the stores, restaurants and wineries we visited. From touring the historic hotel where Ulysses S. Grant stayed, to tasting lamb meatballs to touring the local working winery, this tour far exceeded our expectations. We had our own docent to give us a wealth of knowledge about the food we were eating, the type of wine we were sampling and who the owners were of the places we visited. We ate so many different types of food from well known chefs. Definitely money well spent. We will be bringing our 6 grown children to visit next time.
— Janet P, Morgan Hill, CA
My mom and I went on the Sacramento walking tour today with Bethany, and it was simply outstanding! :) We loved all the food, especially the Italian dishes at Sampino's. Bethany was a pleasure to walk with, and we learned so many interesting facts about the city! We would certainly recommend this tour to anyone visiting in the area!
— Katie M., Long Island, NY
Just got back from the Origins of Sac Tour. Had a great time. Great tour- well planned and well organized. Great food- I am very happily full!
— Julie G, Antelope, CA
We took Lisa's food tour as part of a group offsite (later found out we were the fifth tour since the tour started) . We wanted to do something fun, but not exactly your typical team building event. Something low key, relaxed that had great food. We had a group of 9 and Lisa decided to close the tour date that we signed up for and we ended up with a private food tour! The tour was very educational and we learned so much about Sacramento. We visited many local restaurants and the chefs would stop by to greet and welcome us. I think the website said the tour was between 2-3 hours for a 2.5 mile tour, but our tour ended up being 3+ hours. Lisa did not rush us from location to location (6 spots total), but moved us along when she sensed things were hitting a low point or when we were itching for more food. She definitely sets a casual and relaxing atmosphere for us as we strolled through the various historical parts of downtown Sacramento. Overall, a wonderful experience with delicious foods!
— Alfred Wong, Davis, CA
This was our second food tour with Local Roots.You always wonder/worry, are my expectations too high, will the second be as good as the first. Well, not to worry - Joelle, you were wonderful, thank you for an inspiring few hours absorbing the history and food of this interesting city. While my sister and I are not "foodies", these tours are a delight and we intend on including them in our travels. We still want to do the gold-mining town tour with you, and definitely plan to visit Bangkok at 12 on our next visit for that incredible avocado curry. Thanks for adding so much to our Sacramento trip, we can't recommend you enough.
— Palomino, Huntington Beach, CA
This company gives amazing tours! Our tour guide, Nate, was helpful and informative about food and the local historical landmarks! The chefs were the real deal--very friendly and easy to talk to. The restaurants were some of the best I've ever had the it was a perfect timing of course selection, walking distance, and group hang out time (with other foodies). This was one of the best dates I've ever been on with my wife!
— Rob M, Roseville, CA
The Sacramento "City of Trees Food Tour" is the best I have been on. We walked the back streets and I learned so much about the history of many buildings and Sacramento itself. We tasted at 7 restaurants. The tastings were filling and the quality of the food was great. The menu was diversified. Appetizers, wine, salad, soup, deserts, smoothies, and fresh pasta. I would highly recommend this tour.
— mary minnick, Grass Valley, Ca
My friend and I enjoyed the charming and informative guide Nate as he led us around mid-town Sacramento on a 3.5 hour guided food and history tour,which features such delicacies as french toast from Cafe Bernardo to pulled pork carnitas and margaritas from Centro to ice cream at La Bombe, portobella mushroom bites stuffed with asiago cheese at Formolis and iced coffee from the Coffee Works.. At each of the restaurants we visited, we talked with the chef or manager about the local sourcing of the food, about their food philosophy, and their food passions. As foodies ourselves, it was like meeting new "old friends". The downside was a city temperature of over 90 degrees but the walk was still fun and we didn't feel pressure to "hurry up"; Nate was a delightful guide and clearly enjoys his job. Since the two of us (small group!) are local Sacramentans in our golden years, we felt we knew a lot of history of the area, but Nate was able to tell us stories which we didn't know about and which enriched our tour immensely. I would recommend this tour to anyone who likes food, likes to walk, likes to learn about history, and who likes to have fun!
— Linda B., Sacramento, CA
Just finished the Local Roots Sacramento food tour and loved it. Having the chefs come out and tell us what is unique about their restaurant and take questions was a great perk. The food was wonderful and portions pleasantly more then expected...we were quite full at the end. Ashley, our tour guide was knowledgeable, funny and very attentive to our groups needs. We will definitely be returning to some of the places we discovered on this tour.
— S Finley, Vacaville, CA
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