There was so much delicious food! The tour included 5 restaurants. The portions were much larger than just a "tasting". We were full by the third restaurant but the food was so good it was easy to keep eating. It helped to have the short walk between restaurants. Bethany was terrific. Very entertaining and informative. The chefs who spoke with us were engaging and offered interesting insights. I only wish we were staying in Sacramento longer. I would have liked to go back to some of the restaurants for dinner. If you're in Sacramento take this tour right away. You'll discover great places to eat for the rest of your stay.
— Liz B., Powell Butte, Oregon
Had a wonderful time with my Mom (75 y.o.) and my son (11 y.o) on this tour. We were told it was 2 miles of walking, but it did not seem like it at all (probably because there were 6 stops for eating amazing food at the various restaurants and many other stops for seeing/hearing about the wonderful history of Sacramento). Bethany was our guide and she was great. Our tour had 8 people total which was nice. Parking can be expensive, but there are 10 hour parking meters on the streets that we learned about on the tour (one couple had gotten one of those spots). Look up: "Long-Term Meter Location Map Sacramento" on the internet to find them, and bring quarters. Wished we could have seen pasta being made at Sampinos, but otherwise, the tour was a GREAT, must-do tour. My mom, son and myself loved it. Favorites on this tour were the banana-mango smoothie at Shine, Salmon with honey, tomato caramelized glaze on top of pesto rice at Morgans, everything at Sugar and Spice, the shrimp at 524 Mexican Restaurant, and the chicken itself and the spinach pasta at Sampinos.
— Jeanette Lerman, Sacramento, CA - August 2011
Fun and educational. A nice Saturday outing. Some of the restaurants are old favorites and others are soon to be new favorites.
Owner Lisa Armstrong spent a lot of time researching Sacramento history. She has big plans for this business. I know I am going to watch them grow!
— Coral H., Sacramento, CA
What a great day!!! Combining info and insights on architecture, history, and culinary skills, while walking and talking and stopping for delectable food presented by delightful hosts. Could there be a better definition of perfection? Not in my book. Lisa, our guide and company owner, was knowledgeable and vivacious and very punctual. Can't wait for her additional tours to debut. This is a "Don't Miss It" event.
— GM 2009, Davis, CA
Absolutley five-star review for Sacramento's very Local Roots Food Tours -Origins of Sacramento Food and History Walking Tour! 3.5 hours, five local restaurants, some history, a smidge of culture, coupled with a leisurely 2.5-mile urban walk - an outstanding way to spend a morning and part of an afternoon in Midtown and East Sacramento.
Our tour guide did an outstanding job herding the group of 16. Wonderfully informative and delicious! A little background on historic points of interest in between scarfing down Bernardo's incredible French toast, carnitas at Centro, ice cream at La Bombe, soup and bruschetta at Formoli's, and ending with a jolt of caffeine at Coffee Works. You won't go hungry on this new spin on a local grub crawl. The price, $58 per person, is worth every bite. Getting up-close and personal with local chefs and restaurant staff is the icing on the proverbial cake. Seeing and eating how behind the scenes they are supporting the farm-to-fork/locavore movement makes you feel good about packing on few extra calories. Wait...remember, I did mention the 2.5-mile walk! You're working for every forkful. Skip your daily cardio workout and take the tour. The brainchild of Lisa Armstrong, this is only one of several tours offered by Local Roots Food Tours. The new tour, Gourmet on K looks positively delicious.
— California Travel Insider, Sacramento, CA
This tour was so much fun. I felt like I was on a Travel Channel Food show. Lots of wonderful food and drink. The historical and educational aspect was nice also. Our tour guide Bethany was delightful. I'm planning on doing their other tours as well. Do not eat before you go. This isn't just a taste of Sacramento, it's a full belly of food, more than I needed to eat :)
— Tammy R, Fallbrook, CA
It is an amazing tour. The history is interesting, the food and wine are wonderful and the tour was small enough, 10 people, to have a great time meeting the other people on the tour.
— Goldstar Participant - Tour 5/21/11, Sacramento, CA
Gourmet on K is an incredible event, tons of historical information, not to mention the insanely great food!(delicious!) Be sure to show up with an empty stomach and a voracious appetite because you will be eating a lot of fantastic food! Can't wait to go on the other tours they offer!
— Gary L., Folsom, California
I read about food tours in other cities and thought if there was a food tour in Sacramento it would be a great way to get know more about the local restaurant scene and culture. When I heard about Local Roots Sacramento Food Tour from a friend, I decided to give it a whirl.
The Local Roots tour is a fun way to spend an afternoon in Sa...cramento. The tastings are great and I learned so much about the history of the area. Meeting the restaurant owners and hearing about their history in the business was fascinating. The stories about family and family recipes made me want to go back and do it again. Thanks Local Roots. Great tour!
— Rich Gray, Grass Valley, CA
I look for walking tours every time I go on vacation. I decided to go on vacation here at home and am glad I did. Ashley was charming and informative. I enjoyed listening to the chefs talk about their food and what makes their restaurant special. The food was excellent and the portions were much bigger than I expected. Thanks for a great tour!
— Logan, Elk Grove, CA
My favorite time to visit the foothills is the season of fall. It's worth the trip to Nevada City just to see the beautiful colors of the trees changing. We usually do a dinner or a play and always have a good time in Nevada City.
This year we wanted to try something different so I did some Google searches and found Local Roots Food Tours. The tour was a blast! A walking tour with tastings at seven local eateries. The tour started at the National Hotel and ended in a cave at the Stonehouse restaurant. Our guide told fantastic gold rush history stories as we walked through town. The Nevada City vibe is amazing and the tour is a fun way to feel the spirit of the gold rush. I highly recommend this tour.
— Chester R., Auburn, CA
We just got back from an enjoyable tour with Ashley. What a delightful tour--interesting facts and good food. I liked the combinations of food offered from breakfast to iced coffee. I highly recommend this tour.
— Pauline G
Nevada City - Outstanding Tour. Have told many friends what a great time we had. Learned about Nevada City and its unique history. The merchants that we visited were very interesting and their eats/beverages were extremely delicious.
— S&F, Auburn, CA - January 2012
I took your tour on April 28 and want to tell you how great the day was. Your knowledge of local history is impressive and shows the commitment you have made to learn and share it. The restaurant stops added another layer of enjoyment to the experience, and I plan to return to three of the places soon. I know you didn't order up the weather, but it was perfect too!
Bravo for your great idea, and I hope your success continues, because I will be telling my friends about you.
— Kerry Anderson, Sacramento, CA
What a wonderful day we had with Lisa on our tour. She is so knowledgeable about the history of Sacramento, the great restaurants and the architecture of the area. She stresses the importance of eating healthy, locally grown food and chose great places for us to enjoy every bite...the Grange Restaurant & Bar, 524 Mexican Restaurant, Sugar & spice Specialty Desserts, Shine Coffeehouse, Sampinos Towne Foods and Ambrosia Cafe and Catering! We met other nice folks so that was a real bonus to a perfect day. We're looking forward to doing more tours with Lisa when she expands the areas she will tour. Thanks, Lisa! Loretta and Jim--Lincoln, CA
— Loretta & Jim, Lincoln, CA
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