It’s time to celebrate all about agriculture in the month of March. Taking time to appreciate how food and fiber are produced and recognizing those who do the work. Without agriculture, where would are country be? What a great opportunity to get back to our roots and celebrate the bounty before us, no matter where you live in this nation. Check your local agriculture department for events in your area. National Ag Day is March 25, 2014. Mark you calendars and go out and support our local farmers and what they provide for all of us all year round!
Whether home is the rural countryside or the population dense metropolis, California agriculture affects us all. This leads to the importance of educating consumers and how agriculture enriches our daily lives. The smell of livestock wafting down L Street can mean only one thing: It’s Agriculture Day at the state Capitol. Festivities get under way at 10:30 a.m., when lawmakers and their staff are invited to explore the booths (and tractors) around the Capitol grounds near the west steps. The public gets to meander through from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.”
National Agriculture Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
- Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
- Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
- Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
- Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.
We’ve been waiting all year for Sacramento’s biggest beer event to hit the city! If you are a beer lover or in love with one – take advantage of some excellent beer loving events in and around Sacramento Feb 28th thru March 9th! Great venues, most excellent beer and never-ending fun!
Check out a snapshot of what’s ahead for Sacramento Beer Week:
February 27th thru March 9th Must Go Places:
February 27th – Sacramento Brewers Showcase - California Auto Museum 5pm-9pm Sacramento Beer Week kicks off by celebrating local beer with the only beer festival featuring all 27 local breweries. Join your beer loving friends to get your first taste of two dozen beers made exclusively for Sacramento Beer Week and vote for the People’s Choice Award for a special competition pale ale brewed for this event. Guests receive unlimited tasting with admission, a free tasting glass souvenir, swinging music from The Bathtub Gins and delicious food both for sampling and for purchase. Gawk all you’d like at the Museum’s 150+ cars on display. http://www.calautomuseum.org/
February 28th -Boneshaker Public House – Rocklin, CA: The Big O Organic! Enjoy their showcase of fresh organic food and 10 amazing organic beers on tap. Expect to see beers from Bison, Uncommon Brewers, Band of Gypsies and Eel River. http://www.boneshakerpub.com
February 28th – Knee Deep Brewing Grand Opening Party! 13395 New Airport Road, Auburn 1pm-9pm Official grand opening party! Their award-winning beer is $4.50 per glass all day long. Tony Furtado will be playing solo from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. http://kneedeepbrewing.com
February 28th -Bike Dog Brewing Company, 2534 Industrial Boulevard #110, West Sacramento 5pm-9:30pm – Keep The Glass Night – Bike Dog had a special run of 100 glasses made. For $8 you get the Beer Week glass & a pint of beer. http://www.bikedogbrewing.com
March 1st – Capitol Beer & Tap Room, Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento – Local Brew Celebration- Come get some local flavor & celebrate their incredible craft beer scene! Sacramento area breweries will include Berryessa, Track 7, Knee Deep, Device, Mraz, Bike Dog, & ‘ol Republic, with several of their brewers attending. http://capitolbeer.com
March 3rd – Samuel Horne Tavern, Folsom, CA – Loomis Basin: Brewery to Farm to Our Table 2:30pm Great local brewers and a whole pig that has been feasting on the spent grains from the brewery. We have designed a menu pairing delicious pork plates, w/ some great Loomis Basin beers. http://samhornes.com
March 4th – The Shack, Sacramento – Mardi Gras at The Shack 5pm – 9pm Laissez les bon temps rouler! Celebrate Fat Tuesday with cajun and creole food, a variety of beer from New Orleans brewery Abita, and live jazz from The Crescent Cats. Costumes are encouraged, so dress for the occasion and get ready for Southern hospitality, Shack style! http://eastsacshack.com
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Get out your aprons, dust off your oven mitts and put away the remote! It’s time to go get your cooking skills tuned up and ready for the arrival of Spring! We have found some excellent cooking class resources for all those out there who love to get their hands floured and their palates sauced with freshness. Do you have your calendars open and ready to book a couple of these fun cooking class venues in and around Sacramento?
MARCH CULINARY CLASSES SACRAMENTO & BEYOND!
The Green Boheme – Sacramento March 4, 2014 DINE & DEMO w/ CHEF BROOKE It’s a perfect time to grow your community & skills at Tuesday Nights’ Dine & Demo w/Chef Brooke from The Green Boheme! Enjoy dinner, make new friends and learn the tricks and tools you’ll need to be successful in your own kitchen. Join us for our Weekly Dine & Demo Event, Tuesday Nights! Seating begins @ 6pm, Demo @ 6:30. Chef Brooke will teach until 7:30pm, followed by 15min for questions after class. Seats are reserved by $20/pre-registration per person by calling the cafe @ 916.920.4278 *Includes Demo, Dinner, Dessert, Drink and Recipe. Classes fill quickly!
Good Eats Cooking Class w/ Paulette March 8, 2014 FARM TO FORK WINTER CLASS
Farm to Fork cooking class receiving hands on and recipes to take home will consist of: Braised Fennel, Red Leaf Lettuce with Kiwi & Oranges & Balsamic Vinaigrette, Butternut Squash-Caramelized Onion Pizza, Chicken Stew with Dill-Scallion Dumplings & Mustard Cream and Creamed Onions with Wine & Bacon. GOOD EATS classes are held in the Culinary Center at East Bay Restaurant Supply, 522 North 12th Street (at the end of Richards Blvd.), Sacramento. Each class is $75 per person and starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. and ends no later than 2:00 p.m. For additional information, call Paulette at 916-498-9804.
The Plum Cafe & Bakery – Sacramento March, 2014 – RAW & VEGAN CLASSES
The Plum Cafe and Bakery in Sacramento offers raw food and vegan cooking classes. These raw food, plant-based classes are offered in a fun demonstration format meant to inform and inspire students.Each class ends with tasting of the days recipes. Chef Andrea Seppinni is passionate about sharing tips and techniques for preparing delectable dishes with a focus on ingredients’ health benefits as well as good taste. She is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, Cornell University. Classes are $29 pre-paid, $35 at the door. Visit http://plumcafebakery.com/classes for March class details. Do NOT call the restaurant.
Community Tap and Table – Bacon and Beer Pairing Class March 15, 2014
Learn to cure pork belly into nitrate free bacon. Learn to make a home smoker in your oven. Learn to cook bacon three ways. Taste three gourmet tapas (small bacon courses) paired with craft beers. Compare bulk bacon to artisan bacon and learn the basic rules of beer-food pairing. Bacon and Beer Class is 2-3 hours long. Class is $85 per person. https://communitytapandtable.com
Sac Co-op March 18, 2014 The Art & Science of Cheesemaking: Gouda
Gouda is one of the world’s most popular semi-soft cow’s milk cheeses, originating from Holland during the sixth century. Its unique elastic texture is created by washing the lactose from the curd as it is slowly heated. The cheese is then shaped, soaked in brine and aged for several
weeks. Learn the whole process with guidance from artisan cheese maker Sacha Laurin. You’ll take home what you make in class, along w/ resources & aging tips. $55, $45 Co-op owners http://www.sacfoodcoop.com
The Learning Exchange, Sacramento March 20, 2014 - Knife Skills
Every cook needs to master basic knife skills. Slice, dice and chop your way through the most common knife techniques as you prepare vegetables and de-bone a whole chicken. Also learn about the different knives, sharpening and maintenance. Bring a chef’s knife, cutting board and apron to class. Leave class with your ingredients and a recipe for dinner the next night. Thursday, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; 1 session starting March 20, 2014 Tuition: $49.00 Member Cost: $44.00 Materials Cost: $20.00 Instructor: Mayumi Tavalero Location: LuLu’s Kitchen, Sacramento
Beth Sogaard Catering – Farm to Fork Classes March 24, 2014 - Traditions of Basque Cuisine
Join Chef Beth for an evening of great food, learning & tasting. Classes include lecture, demonstration and sampling of fabulous dishes and beverages along with a full dinner and your own cook book to take home. Cost: $50 plus tax, advance sale only? Location: Amador Vintage Market Wine Bar – 9393 Main Street, Plymouth 95669? Time: 6:00 pm -8:30 pm Info: 209-245-FOOD
Local Roots Food Tours offers a great menu of gift certificate options for your shopping needs.
Choose any food tour and send as a gift in either a physical gift certificate or virtually….either way it will warm the heart of those who love food!
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Our Gift Certificates are good throughout the entire year and can be used for any walking food tour on our menu.
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Our LOCAL ROOTS FOOD TOURS GIFT CERTIFICATE is a GREAT way to show your love or appreciation to that someone. Nothing says “thank you” or “I love you” more than delicious and fresh ingredient food! We offer gift certificates for each of our culinary adventures including our farm bus tours. Recipients can decide what date and time works for them after receiving your gift.
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If you are a foodie with a passion for being creative inside and outside of your kitchen then come explore with us on this wonderful journey! Our Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour will be taking participants down alleyways, behind corners and thru one-way streets to view and learn about local urban art murals in the Midtown area of Sacramento. Along the way we will be popping in to visit a few of Sacramento’s excellent wine and port tasting rooms to tantalize your palate. Looking for a way to fill your belly on this tour? Our culinary concierge will be guiding the group in and out of local mom and pop eateries and bakeries while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of this truly hidden gem area. Combine all the ingredients and you have the recipe for a fun-filling and educational experience.
Midtown is known for their arts district but what lies on the exterior walls tells a story at each stop. Sacramento is noted for their urban art – learning the details behind how the murals were created and the story behind each setting is a cool way to learn about Sacramento’s art scene. Learn about one local artist’s passion while viewing her art mural, hear the story on how long, what type of paints were used and where she got her vision to draw a mural that took well over 2 months to paint on the tour…..one of the many fun and interesting stories! Our Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour last 3.5 hours and will be offered Thursdays and Saturdays thru the winter season. Our first tour launches January 18th, 2014. You don’t want to miss out! Click Here to Purchase Tickets Online
The food scene in Sacramento is growing leaps and bounds. We seek out the local chefs who are passionate about resourcing their ingredients from local farms in our bountiful agriculture area. We love to get up close and personal with the chefs and owners on our walking food tours. Participants have the opportunity to meet the chefs, ask them all their dirty details about how they make such flavorful and fresh menu items and learn about their story. The tour route will take participants to 6 to 7 stops in the 3.5 hour tour time frame. Tasting and savoring each bite with pairings of local wines, ports and beers! Doesn’t that sound refreshing?
Bundle up your family and go outdoors this holiday season. Learn about your own city or a city you are visiting during the holidays. Road trip? You bet. Don’t let the colder temperatures and cloudy days keep you indoors when your palate is begging you to have fun!
Join us on a culinary adventure with your family, friends, coworkers or by yourself. Local Roots Food Tours offers winter walking food tours throughout the holiday season and into the new year. We have 4 delicious tours to choose from all in and around Sacramento, California.
Holiday Ticket Sale – now thru January 15, 2014.
With winter comes new farm to fork menus from our local chefs and energized tour participants ready to take on a food tour! In honor of the winter ahead of us we want to offer a great ticket deal for our customers and their friends & family. Use promo code: “MACARON” for any adult ticket and receive $15 off each ticket making adult tour tickets $45 to $50 each!
Hurry for this awesome offer: Sale will end January 15, 2013 so now’s the time to save! Limit ticket sale to 5 tickets per ticker order and per person.
To place an order for your food tour tickets
TOUR MENU FOR HAPPY HOLIDAYS TICKET SALE:
Looking more for a gift for a friend, loved one or a coworker who LOVES FOOD?
Local Roots Food Tours offers a great menu of gift certificate options for your holiday shopping needs.
Choose any food tour and send as a gift in either a physical gift certificate or virtually….either way it will warm the heart of those who love food!
HOLIDAY GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE:
Choose any gift certificate(s) and receive 20% off your entire order by using the promo code “HolidayGift”! Buy Your Gift Certificate Now!
Our Gift Certificates are good throughout the entire year and can be used for any walking food tour on our menu.
It’s that time of the year where crisp air, the sound of crunching leaves below the feet and awesome food venues will keep you hopping along with your exploring calendars. It’s time to bundle up and go enjoy what Northern California is very well known for – beautiful fall foliage, an abundance of fresh fruit and produce at local farms and events that will go down in your photo albums as PRICELESS! Here are a few of our recommendations for some fun and food-filled activities to go, see and do!
Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend – October 12th & 13th, Butte County
Perfect for foodies, wine and beer enthusiast and travelers looking for a weekend getaway or a chance to explore off-the-beaten trail….this agri-tourism adventure provides trail goers with the once a year chance to savor the farm-fresh bounty of Butte County all weekend long. To purchase your passport and pick up your trail map visit www.sierraoro.org/passport-weekend
Sactoberfest – Saturday, October 19th
This one day celebration will involve beer, bratwurst, great oompah music and bretzels! Join proud German ancestors in Sacramento and embrace the traditions of Oktoberfest. Participate in traditional German games including keg rolling, stein holding, yodeling, and everyone’s favorite Chicken Dance dance-off. Traditional German dance performances will also take place throughout the day by The Schuhplatter Dancers.
You don’t have to travel to Munich to experience Oktoberfest, it’s right here in your own backyard! Sactoberfest is a 21 and over event. 12pm-10pm - West Sacramento www.sactoberfest.com
California Beer & Wine Festival – Saturday, October 19th
Beer, Wine, Food, Cigars, Live Music and fun Vendors….sounds like a great afternoon!! Advance ticketing $25 per person
Plus Street, Yuba City Town Center (Between Franklin and B Streets) 1:00pm-5:00pm www.californiabeerandwinefestival.com
Pomegranate Festival – Madera, CA – Saturday, November 2nd
A unique and fun festival where the celebration of the Spanish Conquistadores bringing the pomegranate to America by 1772 is done by fun activities, history lessons, recipe contests, amazing food, libations and live music!! You’ve seen the “punkin chunkin’’ contests – well how about witnessing the pomegranate fling contest?
Madera Municipal Airport – 4020 Aviation Drive, Madera, CA 93637 10:00am – 5:00pm Details: www.maderachamber.com
Big Reds Release Party & Redneck BBQ Bash – Saturday, November 2nd
Git yerselves on over to Andis Wines in Amador County for their 2nd Annual Redneck BBQ Bash! New BIG red wine releases. Make sure to wash your hands before dinner because no utensils will be allowed! A memorable evening by all who attend. Advance reservations required by Wed. Oct. 30th. Call 209-245-6177 or visit www.andiswines.com/events
Trending Foods To Keep an Eye On This Autumn/Winter 2013
2013 started out with a bang in food revolution and consumers thinking outside of the box in the way they normally eat. A few of the biggest trends to hit the restaurant scene in the beginning of the year were tasting menus, fermenting, food trucks, sustainable seafood, restaurant gardens, molecular gastronomy and charcuterie everything just to name a few. With only a few months remaining in the year Local Roots Food Tours has been asked what else is there to look forward to in the upcoming months in the food arena? We have picked out the top trends we are seeing right now or are on the forefront of trending in the beginning of 2014.
What’s Ahead……Top 10 Trends:
1. Move over Kale….the new green on menus is Collard Greens. Collard greens are loaded with vitamins A and K, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and fiber. This is a staple in the south with most any meat dish but the trend is moving nationwide and soon to hit menus in restaurants jumping on board the collard green movement.
2. Prep for a crudite’ awakening as raw vegetables get posh. In their most natural state is where the greatest flavors and health benefits come in to play – watch farmers getting creative with varietal colors in carrots, cauliflowers and potatoes but keeping it raw when they find themselves on the plated salads and sides.
3. Customers want in on exclusive ticketed dining events (hence the reason Sacramento’s Farm to Fork Tower Bridge Dinner sold out within 48 hours once tickets were available!) so get ready for more local chefs continuing to collaborate with local farmers in some creative barn dinners, food and wine pairing symposiums and delicious themed dinners….but be ready to pay a hefty price. The more exclusive the event, the higher the price tag……which results in bragging rights with your friends on which exclusive dinners you attended this fall.
4. Smacarons – with cheese! Forget the sweet, saccharine macarons you thought you knew, this savory sensation is on our list for snacking and will be replacing all desserts and cheeseboards this autumn so keep your eyes peeled at local bakeries such as Estelle’s Patisserie and Ettore’s Bakery and get ready for a tasting of Smacarons!
5. Can I get a Drum(roll) with that Rum! Rum is back — and it’s not just for pirates anymore. People are even distilling it in New England, as they did almost two centuries ago. Supposedly, rum is enjoying a “big resurgence” across this land of ours. The best part? This means it is finally cool to order daiquiris. ”It’s such a simple drink and it’s delicious and there are just three ingredients: white rum, lime juice and simple syrup,” a San Francisco bartender told Food and Wine. And who are we to argue?
6. Ramen Burger Revenge! Move over Cronuts…….there is a new food craze starting to sweep the nation whether it be thru a food truck window or a casual restaurant who “gets it” that ramen noodles are not just for poor college students anymore! The Ramen Burger is an all-beef patty, sandwiched between two ramen noodle “buns.” It’s garnished with a secret Shoyu sauce, arugula and green onions. The flavor is a salty-sweet combination, but the texture of the buns is what makes this burger so enticing. Who will be the first on the food scene to announce their Ramen Burger Creation?
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Celebrate our fall season w/ a walking food tour: Exploring hidden gems & new fall farm to fork menus all in a 3.5 hour tour!
We take participants on a culinary adventure by spending time savoring new fall flavors in our 5 to 6 food stops, learning about the local area’s history and culture while exploring landmarks that follow our ancestors roots. Connecting to those roots and to the local community is what it is all about. Whether you like to eat, love to cook or can’t get enough history in a day’s time….come take this wonderful journey with Local Roots Food Tours.
Our Flavors of the Seasons Fall Ticket Sale is being offered now thru October 31st. By using our promo code: ROOTS, you will be able to SAVE $15 per adult ticket!
We offer 3 wonderful culinary tour options….which one is best for you? Take a moment and read each tour’s activity and see which one tantalizes your palate. You might just find all 3 do and in that case, get your calendars out and start planning away for the fall season. The easy walking routes we have picked out will truly inspire you to see why our city is called “THE CITY OF TREES” – definitely a photo opportunity with the beautiful fall foliage and vibrant colors within the plated food you will be tasting which will consist of farm fresh ingredients from our local farmers. Want to ask our local chefs what is their favorite fall “go to” produce and what is their favorite dish? Being able to meet with the chefs, owners and artisans just puts the whipped topping on a cupcake (which we might just be able to taste at one of our local bakeries!)
You might be thinking this would be a great activity for you and your girlfriends or book club or even your family gathering. We do offer private tours 6 days a week and with a little planning, we know we can make your day extra special and fulfilling to say the least. What about a food tour challenge tour for your office team or a food scavenger hunt for your foodie cooking group? For more details on our private tours and what requirements we have click here: PRIVATE TOURS
We say that food and dining are experiential because we touch all five senses. But the great food is just the start. Our walking food tours use great food as an opportunity to connect with other people on the tour, the diverse restaurant chefs and shop owners, the city we visit, and even the local farmers who provide the ingredients. And before you can say ‘quatro formaggia’, guess what? You’re helping to strengthen our community. Create a moment, a destination and a memory within your hectic life, where for three in a half hours you will be transported on a journey of food, fun and discovery, feeling refreshed and energized. Well-fed, too!
August Food Festivals in Northern California
I don’t know about you, but summer is my favorite time of year for many reasons: warm weather, late nights, cold swimming holes and (the best!) the FOOD! The following are our Top Ten Local Food Festivals and Events happening around Northern California during August we recommend you planning to explore and have fun!
Ribs on the River Event
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Location: Rio Ramaza Marina, Garden Highway, Sacramento
Pull your cowboy boots up and throw on your 10-gallon hat! It’s time for some good ol’ fashion country music and some delicious RIBS! Help decide who boasts the “best ribs on the river” at this fun, funky event! Event presenters ask you bring a lawn chair and an appetite! Tickets are $10 and worth EVERY PENNY (if you ask me!) Drinks, music and BBQ’ing are the highlights of this awesome event!
Woodland Tomato Festival
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Location: Heritage Plaza on Main Street, Woodland
The 6th Annual Woodland Tomato Festival is back! Celebrating the Yolo County tomato this fun and free event is open to the public! A salsa competition, tomato tosses, variety tasting and tomato clothing (yes, you read that right!) will be just some of the events at this years festival. What fun! This event is being put on by the Woodland’s Farmers Market and encourages both young and old to participate!
My favorite event is the “Iron Chef -like” competition at this year’s event! Top celebrity judges from all over Sacramento will be sharing their skills and opinions on ways to prepare all things tomato! What fun! For being known as “Sacra-tomato”, this event is the one to be at!
Sacramento Banana Festival
Saturday, August 10, 2013- 10am-7pm
Sunday, August 11, 2013- 10am-5pm
Location: William Land Park, Sacramento
A 5K Walk/Run, Miss Sacramento Banana Queen Beauty Pageant, a Carmen Miranda Hat contest and a banana bake off are just a FEW of the events scheduled for this August’s Banana Festival. Just based solely on the events, this looks like an event I cannot miss! The festival celebrates food, art, culture, music, diversity, health and wellness and going green by educating the public on composting!
Tickets are only $5 and proceeds are going to some wonderful local causes. I cannot think of a better way to enjoy a nice, warm summer weekend!
Hayward Zucchini Festival
Saturday, August 17, 2013- 10am-8pm
Sunday, August 18, 2013- 10am-8pm
Location: Kennedy Park, Hayward
Clear your calendar- it’s time to celebrate the zucchini! Sponsored by the South Hayward Lions Club, this 31st Annual event is ready to rock! Music, dancing, kids activities and a ‘zucchini-growing contest’ are just a few things this festival promises. Did you know the world’s largest zucchini on record was 69.5 inches long and weighed 65 pounds?! Insane!!! And a zucchini has more potassium than a banana! Delicious and healthy! We can’t wait for this festival!