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
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
The day that we could go, Local Roots was offering the City of Trees Tour. My husband and I went with my daughter who recently moved to Sacramento. As it happened, we were the only ones on the tour that day. Our guide, Bethany, was just wonderful; she was knowledgeable and very engaging. We are not big eaters and I was concerned that six stops might be just too much food. However, it was not a problem. We probably did not finish any sampling but ate enough at each that I did not feel terribly wasteful, and everything was truly delicious.
* Visited October 2011
— Anne, New York
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
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 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
Took this tour in a group of 12 for a bachelorette party. Lisa was amazing ... from her patience through initial emails and planning, to being a wonderful tour guide. We all enjoyed the day and loved learning about and experiencing what Murphy's has to offer. We look forward to bringing our spouses back to experience another tour soon!!
— Kathi, Modesto
My friend and I took the City of Trees walking food and cultural tour. We sampled food from 5 eateries in downtown Sacramento that I had never heard of. The food was great and I will definitely go back. We also learned about the histoy of old Sacramento and saw some amazing old homes. Lisa was very knowledgable and entertaining. Im looking forward to more tours.
— Wencke Roed, Sacramento
I thoroughly enjoyed my Local Roots Food Tour in Sac with Lisa Armstrong! We all enjoyed ourselves despite the rain on the day of our tour! Lisa was so knowledgeable about the historic sites on the walking tour, and the stops at the various restaurants were timely and fun and delicious! We were warmly welcomed by the proprietors and treated royally. Food was quite tasty, and we were invited to come again! I enjoyed every stop, but I especially enjoyed the pasta making demo at Sampino's. The flavor of the place and the people were warm and fun, very authentic Italian! Lisa was even greeted by previous tour folks who recognized our group while there shopping for food for themselves! Very enjoyable and worthwhile tour of historic Sac, and looking forward to the upcoming Midtown tour! Go, Lisa!
— Lei P., Vacaville, 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
The cultural and food tour was way beyond our expectations. It was a leisurely stroll through two historic neighborhoods along with stops at 6 restaurants/cafes. We were greeted by owners/chefs at all food stops and the tastings were superb. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to get a wonderful "taste" of Sacramento.
— Billie C., Fairfield, CA
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
Today, my sister-in-law and I went on this tour to celebrate her birthday. Our guide Joelle was GREAT! The restaurants we visited served unbelievably great food and BIG portions. i will go back to every restaurant that we visited on our tour. Joelle filled us in on historical information regarding Sacramento and the restaurants. Even a 30 year local was surprised by some of the history shared!
— Stacy s. , Sacramento
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
What a wonderful way to spend the day. We began at Cafe Bernardo where we had their fabulous french toast. There were just the two of us, so such a small 'group' gave us some extra time smoozing with the chef. Because it was such a hot day, our guide shortened our route a bit as we entered the Fab 40's neighborhood. This is an area I've driven hundreds of times in the 30 years I've lived in Sacramento, yet it took on a different flair on foot. We learned so much history, ate great food and really enjoyed our guide. A very different approach to Sacramento...I'm looking forward to participating on other food tours.
— Carol M., Sacramento
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