My friend Barbara and I went last Friday on the Midtown tour. We had already been on the City of Trees tour so we knew it would be great. We were the only ones so it was even better. The food was wonderful and of course Lisa did a great job on the history of the area. Looking forward to taking the tour in Nevada City, but will do that in the spring.
— Carla Grunigen
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!
— Roger Tinsman, Elk Grove, CA
Definitely recommend this tour. A great combo of food, history, and nice people.
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
Today was my first experience of going on a walking food tour of the city--excellent and delicious!! Our guide, Nate, was personable and knowledgeable, and had excellent rapport with the chefs at each stop.
I have lived in the Sacramento area for more than 25 years, and was delighted to discover new "finds" of attractions as well as restaurants.
— Millie C, Sacramento, CA
We had a great time on our food tour! Ashley, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the restaurants we visited, as well as the local history on our walk. We enjoyed interacting with the chef/representative of every place we stopped and learned something from each. We would highly recommend this walking tour and look forward to attending one of the other tours Local Roots offers soon!
— Cheryl M, Elk Grove, CA
We visited five restaurants. The restaurant selection was broad -- Italian/American, Greek, pastry, Italian, and Japanese. All the proffered food and drink was first rate and served artistically. Servings were substantial; much more than "tastes". I could not eat them all. Two of the head chefs came out and spent time with us talking about themselves and the restaurant. Our guide Bethany was vivacious and personable, very knowledgeable, and helpful. Since we were celebrating our Anniversary, she arranged for a candle on one of our deserts. There was some walking, around two miles, but it was flat, the neighborhoods had wonderful character with many shade trees, and Bethany kept us entertained with Sacramento history and restaurant information as we moved around. We will be taking other Local Roots Food Tours.
— Jay N, Davis, CA
The tour was even better than I had expected! Lisa clearly has done her research and offered interesting cultural and historical information about the area. I have several food restrictions (lactose intolerant, allergies, no red meat), and almost all of the venues were able to accommodate my needs. I look forward to returning for other tours as Lisa expands to different parts of Sacramento. I highly recommend this tour - it's about time something like this arrived in Sacramento! Kudos and hurrah to Lisa for creating this wonderful opportunity.
— Jodi, GoldStar Member, Sacramento, CA
The Local Roots Food Tour was phenomenal. Bethany met us outside of Cafe Bernardo. She talked to our small group of five about the Sacramento Food Culture. Inside of Cafe Bernardo, we were pleased to meet Chef Shannan Berg. She was very informative and spent quite a bit of time introducing us to organic foods and cooking information. She even took the time to offer us her phone number if we need to ask questions in the future. At that restaurant four of the food tour guests were served Amaretto French Toast. Because I have a tree nut allergy, she was courteous to serve me Huevos Rancheros. The portion sizes were large for both. The Huevos Rancheros were better than any that I have ever tasted. After this we continued to learn some local history of the area and came to Centro. At Centro we were greeted with Chips and Salsa Verde. A large glass container filled with fruit and liquid caught my eye. This was one of their special fruit infused tequilas which we were lucky to sample along with a Margarita. Here we also received a most delicious Carnitas Taco along with Black beans and rice. Every portion on this dish was generous and delicious. Next we walked and talked along to a delicious ice creamery and enjoyed Gunther's Ice Cream. Loved the Orange Chocolate Chip. We went on to a restaurant called Formoli's and were grateful for the smaller appetizers of Eggplant Portabello Napoleon and Stuffed Mushrooms with Balsamic Glaze. We ended our tour with an education in coffee and a tasting of that from Coffee Works. If you take this tour do not eat breakfast and be prepared to leave full. Bethany was amazing! I highly recommend this experience
— L. Cox, Union City, California
We went on the Local Roots Food Tour yesterday, and had a great time. We have lived in the foothills for over 20 years, and go down to Sacramento, quite often. Lisa introduced us to various local food establishments, where we sampled an awesome variety of foods and drink.
We were surprised to find these wonderful spots, just a couple... of blocks from the Convention Center. Lisa's interesting tidbits about the area, along with the opportunity to meet the shop owners, made for a fun afternoon. We highly recommend it.
— Annette Reinhardt, Sacramento, CA
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
What a pleasant way to explore a side of Sacramento most don't see, including locals. Our guide, Bethany, was very personable, knowledgeable and passionate about old town Sac and the culinary gems she led us to. My wife and I, along with our daughter, her husband and our two grandchildren (ages 8 and 11), had a great time and were very full by the end of the end of the tasting tour! Can't wait to go on the next tour they are starting soon. Saw some great old homes and hotels that have some very interesting histories. Definitely recommend!
— CaFinsFan, Southern California
Our Women\'s Travel group M.O.B. short for Marvelous Old Broads had the privilege of enjoying the Local Roots Food and Wine Tour in Murphy\'s California. Our trained culinary concierge and tour guide (Laura) was fabulous. This incredible young woman shared humorous as well as factual stories of Murphy\'s past citizens as we walk to each of the eight one of a kind eateries and artisan shops. Our visits were unique, and the store keepers welcomed us with open arms. I would recommend this tour and visit to Murphy\'s CA. to anyone who would like to experience a bit of the 1800\'s history, Calaveras wines, Chocolates, Spices, Olive Oils, Bakery, Eateries, and don\'t forget the stories. You won\'t be disappointed. There is something to do for every age. We all had a great time. Thank you Laura!!!
— Mary carsno, Murphy\'s Original Food and Wine Tour
This event was terrific! Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. Meeting the owners/chefs of the establishments was wonderful and their food selections were delicious! One does not end this walking adventure hungry. I plan to partake in future event offerings as it's a great and fun way to see and learn about Sacramento. Our guide was wonderful; fully prepared and had a great personality. The tour was just the right length for walking with great munching stops.
— GM Member, July 2011, Carmichael, CA
I definitely recommend this tour. It offers a nice day with great food, friendly people, and a slice of history. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
* Visited May 2011
— ExSoCal, Roseville, CA
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