My husband and I were hosted by Bethany on a recent walking food tour in Sacramento, CA. We got to taste food at 5 different places and walked between the restaurants. Bethany pointed out architectural, historical, and cultural facts that were new to us, and we have lived in the area for almost 25 years. The food servings left us feeling very satisfied with the quality and quantity. Chefs and owners spent some time with us and answered questions. We will go back to at least two of the restaurants. It was a great way to spend a good part of a day with a nice balance of eating and walking. Don't eat much breakfast before coming.
— Becky Z, Cameron Park, CA - February 2012
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
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 daughter (17) and I took this food tour with Lisa as our guide and had a wonderful time! The tour exceeded our expectations by far. The walk was fun, the history interesting, and the food amazing! I've lived in Auburn for 9 years and this was the first time I felt like I really got a "taste" of the area. Lisa was a perfect tour guide... knowledgeable and alot of fun. I would highly recommend this tour, for locals and tourists!
— Karen Wilson, Auburn, Ca
Murphys Food & Wine Tour is a tremendous activity for all ages that can walk a flat mile and eat at several locations. Plan on staying over so you can also shop. I had a great time. The tour is historical and for both men and women. Teenagers might also enjoy. Seniors a must do.
— Mary, Grass Valley, CA
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
Today we took the food and history Sacramento tour. Ashley was a great tour guide and the food was excellent. I learned so much today about Sacramento even though I have been in the area for over five years! I would recommend this to anyone.
— Tamara Rodriguez, Sacramento, CA
I can't wait to bring someone on this tour! You can't beat the combination of learning some really interesting history while eating your way through one of the cutest darn towns in the foothills. And, though the pace could never be considered fast enough to call it more than a stroll, I did get quite a few steps on my pedometer. The food was delicious and the reception at each of the stops made us feel like VIP's. Our guide, Shelby was warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. Now for the hard part. Which place do I go back to first?
— J Soest, Angels Camp, CA
This was my first time on a food tour and it will definitely not be my last.
Lisa, our tour guide and owner of Local Roots was knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Our tour had 14 people on it and it was perfect. Each restaurant was wonderful and the food was delicious. Lisa had a great grasp on the history of Sacramento and the walking was not tedious in the least bit. Great exercise, wonderful food and a new understanding of Sacramento! Definitely will try food tours at each new city I travel to! Lisa mentioned new tours throughout Sacramento and surrounding areas, so I will be back to try new ones! I would definitely recommend this tour to friends and family traveling to Sacramento!
— btown9581, Midtown
My 7 sisters and I were part of City of Trees Food tour this past weekend. We totally enjoyed Nate as our guide through Sacramento\'s history and culinary delights. I was impressed with the fact that our various dietary needs were taken into consideration. The weather was perfect! We so lucked out! Can\'t wait to do it again .
My friends and I absolutely LOVED the Nevada City Local Roots Food Tour! Our guide Eric was superb! His good-nature and pleasant, easy-going manner made the tour so wonderful! He was easy to talk to, easy to ask questions of, and kind and patient and knowledgeable. Our food tour stops were excellent, with a wide array of great foods and beverages, as well as the historical tour parts which was all around us as we walked the lovely streets of historic Nevada City. Best ever parking available, meters were incredibly cheap! Definitely plan on minimum 4 hour tour with shopping time, which could cost you only 50 cents (bring quarters!) for parking! Amazing overall great experience! :) Thank you for the best day ever!
— L. Putney, Vacaville, CA - January 2012
We had been in Sacramento a few days before our scheduled tour so I was a little worried that we might have already explored the city too much and this wouldn’t be new-- boy was I wrong. The tour was a mix of so many types of restaurants & foods and I loved everything. The authentic Mexican restaurant was absolutely delicious. The chefs all came out to talk to us and answer questions like we were VIPs. I learned more from this tour than I ever expected and really felt an appreciation for the city when this was over. Next time we are in the area, we are going on their Nevada City tour because I was completely impressed by Local Roots and our tour guide Bethany. She also gave us fabulous ideas for the remainder of our visit and all were spot-on. This was a highlight of our trip for sure!
— Shuree, St. Louis, MO February 2012
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
Among stops for ample portions of food and drink, our knowlegeable guide walked with us through the beautiful town of Nevada City. We had a fabulous day. Our last stop was an ice cream shop. No kidding, I was so full that I declined an ice cream cone. I definitely will organize other Local Roots Food Tours with my friends and/or visitors to this area.
— ESPOTT, Sacramento, CA February 2012
“WOW! A culinary delight mixed with a historical overview that would make a Hollywood screenwriter proud.”
Go definitely go; put this tour on your list. Treat yourself, get wined and dined for the afternoon and get a top notch historical overview that left me inspired, and best of all there’s NO TEST! Just sit back and enjoy locally grown fresh food, and I mean fresh like right out of the garden fresh, prepared by chefs good enough to cook in the best restaurants that the capital city of the state of California has to offer.
Guys and gals both trust me this tour WILL impress you!
— J Gardner, Tuscaloosa, AL
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