Awesome! We moved to Sacramento about 1 year ago so we are still trying to learn about our new city. My sister bought my wife and I tickets to this tour. We met Lisa (one of the owners/tour guides) at Cafe Bernardo promptly at 10:30 to start our tour. We went to 6 different restaurants in about 3.5 hours. At each restaurant, we heard from one of the chefs who shared their insights into the food and where it came from and why. It was intriguing listening to how much effort goes into selecting the ingredients for their restaurants. We did get samples (more like entrees) at each restaurant and by the end of the tour, despite walking about 2.5 miles, we were stuffed!
Lisa also gave us great little tidbits regarding history of some of the sights along the way - a great way to learn about our city!
— Peter C., Carmichael, 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
We went on the Food Tour yesterday. Both my husband and I fully enjoyed it! The food was great, our tour guide, Lisa, was very friendly and knowledgeable, we learned things about our fabulous city that neither of us knew, got some exercise, and had lots of fun! Thank you!
— Martha Crosby Robins, East Sacramento, CA
Another fantastic Local Roots Food tour! This mid-town Sacramento tour was awesome! Lisa had amazing historical facts to share and the sites were fascinating, from Sutter's Fort history and information about his tragic demise, to haunted old cemetery sites, to beautiful stained-glass churches, and Fab Forties mansion homes! Lisa's great rapport with the chefs at the chosen establishments was noticeable, and they welcomed us warmly and were so willing to share their time and knowledge and talents through their beautiful, delicious foods! CoffeeWorks was amazing, too, and we learned so much about the choices of coffees and roasting of beans, and the scones there, to die for! Enjoyable longer walk than the other tours, but well worth it! Go, Lisa! Looking forward to the newest tour to open up in Murphy!
— Lei, Vacaville, CA February, 2012
This was such a great time and worth
every penny. Lisa our tour guide was very warm and informative. The restaurants were great and we would have probably not wandered in unless they were recommended. I hope this gets extended to include other neighborhoods as I would love to explore new eating establishments. This would be a great date for any couple looking for a fun time.
— Robert S., West Sacramento
Origins of Sacramento Food Tour was absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our tour guide Nate was adorable & handsome & personable young man & was wonderful! The food, chefs, walk, and interesting history facts provided were fabulous! I will definitely look forward to re-visiting some of the restaurants - and plan to encourage my friends & neighbors to book a tour..I'm also now interested in some of your other tours..
All in all - your tours are wonderful!!!!!!!!! Thanks you, Lisa,
— M. Cuzzo, Sacramento, CA
All I can say is WOW! The heat was (almost) forgotten as we walked city streets, were treated to delish food, inside information about the restaurants, and local history. I recommend this tour to anyone--locals and tourists alike--as it's a great way to learn about Sacramento. And not to be forgotten was our guide, Nate. They don't come any better. I will definitely go on some of the other tours.
— Susan S, Sacramento, 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
I spent a few hours in my own hometown of Nevada City having a great foodie experience, learning about our local history, and even getting a bit of exercise. I was able to try some restaurants I hadn't yet visited and even walked away with a little more knowledge about Nevada City. The tour went a little over the 3 hours but it felt like it had just started when it was time to go. Eric is very knowledgeable about the area and has worked with local business owners who educated and shared with us their passion for food/coffee/wine. Be sure to bring a camera and comfortable walking shoes as Eric leads you through town, pointing out historical architecture and sharing the history of the area. I highly recommend the Nevada City tour and I plan on signing up for the Sacramento tours. I can't think of a better way to discover new places!
— Broad Street Inn, Nevada City, CA
Nevada City was soo much fun! Perfect weather--delicious variety of food and drink (!)--entertaining, informative stories of history and other interesting things--cozy, small group--and a great host--what more could anyone want?! We also got to meet some of the restaurant/business owners or managers which made it a little more special. My husband and I are excited to do the Sacramento tour next.
— GS December 2011, Elk Grove, CA
Highly recommend this! Our tour guide, Joelle, was knowledgeable, funny, gracious, and a joy to spend the day with. This was a great introduction to the city for us out-of-towners, but would be fabulous for residents as well. The chefs were informative and easy to talk with. It was obvious they love what they do. I look forward to sharing this experience with visitors once we relocate to your lovely city! Oh...and the weather was perfect! We couldn't have asked for a better day. Cheers!
— Tamara M, Medford, OR
I would highly recommend this tour of the history of Sacramento along with our 6 stops for great food. It's a good thing walking was included as what I thought would be tastes of food wound up to be a lot more!
— Brenda, Carmichael, CA
SO MUCH FUN! This was my first food tour and I must say I will definitely be going on more! Owner/Tour Guide Lisa Armstrong really had a great understanding of the "foodie" world and a rich history of Sacramento. I can't wait to go on her other tours as the business is growing.
The food was delicious and business owners were so kind. The walk was not strenuous at all and it was great exercise (and we were burning calories!) I learned so much about Sacramento and look forward to my next tour!!
— Bethany W., Chico, CA
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 didn't quite know what to expect of this food walking tour, but I had an excellent time. We learned some great history about Sacramento, had DELICIOUS (fresh, sustainable & local) food from some of the best restaurants in town, and had a wonderful tour guide. Would recommend this to both locals and tourists.
— Sarah M, Sacramento, CA
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