I booked this tour as a birthday present for my mother and I could not have been more pleased. Bethany was energetic, passionate and knowledgable. Highlights for us were the truffle macaroni and cheese at Morgans, nopales at 524, and the perfect cupcakes (and charming baker) at Sugar and Spice. This was a wonderful way to learn about the unique history of Sacramento and enjoy a beautiful day with a nice group of new friends. Can't wait to come back again and experience one of the new tours that are starting soon. Thanks for an excellent time!
— Courtney Thorman, Cincinnati, OH
My Mom & I went on the Origins Tour on Friday and had a fabulous time. We had a fairly small group of 6 people which made it even better. We walked about 3 miles and along the way sampled wonderful food at 5 different spots, heard some interesting history on Sacramento that is not in the school text books and met and talked with local chefs who are cooking in the farm to table style with all fresh ingredients. Our guide, Nate, was awesome!! It was a blend of everything that makes a great Friday: food, exercise, a shot of infused Tequila, local yore & good company!! Highly, highly recommend this tour group! I was commenting to some friends that if you have people visiting that are not local, this is a great way to show them Sacramento............so much better than Old Sac, the Capitol or other usual haunts...
Also.........totally accommodated my vegetarian ways!
— Laura C., Sacramento, CA
This tour was much more than expected. Wonderful tour guide (Bethany) who gave fun facts, food facts and historical information, all with a big smile and a pleasing personality. Food was varied & tasty and all the tour participants completed the tour with very full tummies!
— D. Souza, Sacramento, CA
I just went on Local Roots newest food tour in Nevada City, California named "Gold Discovery". The tour was an outstanding experience with so much quality food and information about the gold rush and it's presence in Nevada City. I can't decide which of the Local Roots Food Tours was the best. Oh well I like all three of them. I highly recommend the Nevada City Tour as well as the two in Sacramento. Great Job Local Roots!!!
— Mary G, Alta Sierra, CA
I loved, loved, loved this. Our guide Bethany was wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed all the historical facts about some of the beautiful buildings and homes. I can't say enough about how great this was. The establishments we visited were top notch. I especially enjoyed being able to talk to the owners and people behind the scenes. What a great way to see the city. I can't stop recommending it to everyone around me.
— Mary GM, June 2011, Sacramento, CA
We had a great time on this tour. Joelle was a perfect hostess and not only took us to some amazing restaurants (ones you wouldn't know where there) but she also indulged us in some interesting Sacramento history. It was a great time. I would definitely do it again.
— R. Vetterlein, Lompoc, 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
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
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
What happens when cuisine, culture and cardio collide? You get a 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.
Tour guide, Nate, did an outstanding job herding the group of 16 to and fro from Cafe Bernardo, Centro Cocina Mexicana, La Bombe, Formoli's, and Coffee Works. 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 the gym and take tour.
The brainchild of Lisa Armstrong, this is only one of several tours offered by Local Roots Food Tours.
— Barbara S., Sacramento, CA
I booked this tour last minute after a flight cancellation, hoping to see some interesting places. Despite the looming bad weather, things cleared up and the tour started. I attended solo but has great conversations with other tour go'ers and the guide, Lisa - who also owns the company! We visited 5 restuarants, all with amazing food choices, and got a bit of history about downtown Sacramento. I ended up going back to some places later on my own. It was a great tour and experience overall, I highly recommend any of the tours by this company! I am looking forward to attending another myself.
— Lindsay Wright , Philadelphia, PA
This Food/Cultural Tour of Sacramento is amazing! Bethany, our guide, was very informative, attentive, and positive. This is the second time I have taken the tour (the first time was led by Lisa, who was equally wonderful!) and I am so impressed with the restaurants/local food scene of Sac. I do find the website a bit confusing and over-stimulating, but that is my only complaint. I encourage all of you to experience this walking/eating tour of Sac. I am excited that a second tour has been added to this company's menu.
— Beverly, Davis, CA
Such a fantastic way to spend the day with visiting friends! Lovely buildings with a rich history and great food from locally owned restaurants (some old, some new). It felt like a stroll with friends...Lisa and her staff were so informative and the restaurant owners were so welcoming. I'm so happy I found this tour and am excited to go again!
— Kathi A., El Doraldo Hills, CA
Local Roots Food Tour has been the only food tour I have ever been on, and it was an incredible experience, I will definitely be doing it again! I went with my girlfriend for her birthday and had the most amazing time. We went to 4 different restaurants and 2 pastry shops and left full and thrilled! Not only is the food amazing but our tour guide (Bethany) really made the day so much better, after we would visit a local eatery we would walk to the next one and on the way we would stop and she would tell us about the local history about Sacramento that was really interesting! And Im not much for history at all, but it also gave us time to get hungry for the next stop and get in some exercise to burn off some calories. My girlfriend and I went on the City of the Trees tour and Bethany told us that they are making a new tour with all new restaurants and I know we will be going on that one too. At the end of the tour they give you great coupons to the restaurants you just visited as well as more! You should definitely take this tour!!!
— Samantha O., Chico, CA - Aug. 2011
Having resided in the Sacramento area for about twenty years, the tour was a wonderful way to explore "my own backyard." Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, sharing history of the area and introducing what will become new dining favorites. I'm already looking forward to going on my next tour with Local Roots!
— Tamme B., Sacramento
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