Celebrate Last Few Weeks of Summer on a Food Tour!
Local Roots Food Tours is in the last few weeks of summer offering culinary walking tours. Time sure flies by! We would like to thank all our loyal and tasty customers by inviting them to come explore their palates with us – this time bringing someone new with them to introduce them to Local Roots Food Tours. Even though its hot outside its nice and cool at the 6 to 9 stops we take our hungry tour participants. Our routes are blessed with the shade from our City of Trees landscape…what a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Offering to 4 different culinary walking tour options the world is your oyster during these dog days of summer to get out and explore your palates!
Be adventurous and don’t let the heat dictate your options of fun these last few weeks of summer! Dog Days of Summer Ticket Sale is offering a special DISCOUNT CODE on any ADULT FOOD TOUR TICKET between July 30th thru Sept. 30th, 2014. Use Promo Code: “DOGDAYS” to receive $7.00 off any adult ticket purchased online. ***Excludes all gift certificate orders or private group tour experiences. Limited to 5 tickets per order. We can’t wait to see you on another one of our summer fun food-filled days! Buy Your Tickets ONLINE NOW by CLICKING HERE.
Thank You McDonalds (by Lisa Frank)
Picture angry Italians protesting with bowls of penne at the base of the iconic and beautiful Spanish Steps in Rome shouting “We don’t want fast food… we want slow food! It’s not a scene from a Fellini movie, but how Carlo Petrini started Slow Food. He and his pasta-wielding compatriots were outraged that a McDonalds was going to open there (and it did.)
His protest against the commercialization of a beloved landmark with the “Golden Arches” turned into an international organization founded in 1989 that today has over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries.
Slow Food’s mantra is good, clean, fair food for all. They want you to eat what is seasonal and local; respect the farmer and the produce/product; nurture the earth. Sound familiar? They believe that food should taste like, well, food and eating should take some time. Slow Food calls it the “pleasures of the table.” And it is not possible when a clown is looking over your shoulder. Or a creepy looking king. Or in your car. Or at your keyboard.
Slow Food opposes the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Life is diverse. Culture is diverse. Food is diverse. It should not all look or taste alike. Preservation of traditional or heritage foods, methods of preparation, and the culture associated with them is a worth while effort. That is the entire focus of the Center for Biodiversity. The premise is that if unique and tradition food products that are endangered can have an economic impact they can be saved from extinction. Enter the Presidia – local projects that devise a pathway for bringing a food or method of preparation back from the brink of being lost. The Ark of Taste is a catalog of foods worldwide being preserved through the efforts of Presidia. And these projects are not somewhere else. They are here: Blenheim Apricot, Charbono wine or Sebastopol Gravenstein Apple sound familiar? Clarksburg’s Chenin Blanc grape is close to be being listed.
Petrini wanted to make the connection between the plate, the palate and the planet. He calles it an “eco-gastronomic” movement that connected environmental sustainability (eco) to the study of culture and food (gastronomy). He took this idea even further by creating the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy (full disclosure, I’m an alumni) to create a new type of food professional, one who understands the entire food-production spectrum, from agricultural origins through industrial transformation and distribution, with particular attention to environmental and sustainability issues. These leaders, or Gastronomes as he calls them (us?), understand how to connect food processes to economic as well as communication systems, and the relationships within food-and-wine tourism, marketing of high-quality products, and promoting of the rich value of regional food traditions.
On the local front, California is now it’s own Slow Food Region. Our local chapter, Slow Food Sacramento bestows their annual “Snail of Approval” award upon local businesses that best represent the Slow Food Principles of good, clean, fair food for all. And to toot our own horn, Local Roots Food Tours has received the Slow Food Sacramento Snail of Approval because of our commitment to support business using fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable, or as we say FLOSS!
We congratulate our partners have also received a Snail of Approval for their use of seasonal, local and organically grown foods, including Centro, Café Bernardos, Hot Italian and Kupros.
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We are thrilled to announce a brand new culinary tour thru Local Roots Food Tours. Different from a walking tour, we are excited to join hands with another local Sacramento business; Sac Brew Bike and provide not only a culinary adventure in Sacramento but a biking adventure as well! For the last 3 years we have been offering nothing but walking tours in Sacramento and we wanted to offer something different still based around fresh and local food for our wonderful customers. After some brainstorming and like-minded ideas between the two tour company owners; our new tour Pedal to Plate Culinary Bike Tour has been born.
We have developed a tour that will not only be delicious at every one of our 5 stops but entertaining on Sac Brew’s uni-bike that will be your mode of transportation. Sac Brew Bike is a new tour company in Sacramento. They partner with Sacramento’s best local tasting establishments to provide the ultimate brewpub experience according to co-owner Chris Ferren-Cirino. Sac Brew Bike provides the driver while guests help pedal and enjoy the sights and sounds of Sacramento in-between pubs. The bike averages about 5 mph, but has been known to top out at a hair-blowing 7 mph if the group really gets their crank on. There are 15 bicycle seats, but only 10 of them have pedal cranks. Two of the seats are above the wheel and aren’t equipped with pedals. There is also a 3-seat back bench designed specifically for those who want to relax or are physically incapable of the rigors of pedaling.
Pedal to Plate Culinary Bike Tour will be taking participants on a culinary journey thru a scenic area of Midtown, stopping at 5 different establishments where their main focus is on farm to fork ingredients. One of Local Roots Food Tours locally trained culinary concierge will be guiding the tour while a Sac Brew Bike driver will steer the way! Three of the stops will be a food and libations pairing, the remaining stops will have a tasting portion as well as the opportunity to shop for locally produced products. There will be enough food for a light dinner. Don’t forget your shopping bags! Our Pedal to Plate Culinary Bike Tour is a 3 hour tour and is offered every Thursday at 6:00pm. There is a maximum capacity of 15 for this culinary bike tour. Tickets are $60 per person and include all food, drinks, taxes and transportation. Sunday afternoons will be added soon!
For more details or TO ORDER TICKETS ONLINE please visit: https://my.getinsellout.com/providers/local-roots-food-tours/skus/pedal-to-plate-culinary-bike-tour/info
Private Group Tours are available upon request. Please call 1-800-407-8918 for more details.
To learn more about our partnering company, Sac Brew Bike, please visit their website at: www.sacbrewbike.com or call the owners Chris and Sarah Ferren-Cerrino at 916.952.7973
Move over Cheese Whiz and Velveeta, for the first time in over 10 years the American Cheese Society (ACS) is coming to Sacramento with over 1700 craft cheeses. Whey to go Sacramento! It’s quite a Feta in our cap. (By Lisa Frank)
Celebrating the American Cheese Plate! will highlight the growth of the artisan and specialty cheese community throughout North America. Nearly 1,000 industry leaders are expected to participate in the four-day event. Tuesday, July 29 – Friday, August 1. The conference also includes:
a cheese competition to be “Best In Show” from over 1700 cheeses entered in 20 categories like Cheese Curds, Rindless Blue-Veined Cheese, Cheese Spreads or Butters along with the usuals like Cheddar, Fetas, and Soft-Ripened Cheese;
the Certified Cheese Professional Exam – if you think you know enough to be a cheese sommelier;
Educational seminars from how to build a cheese cave to improving industry standards, to cheese spider grafts explained.
While most of the conference is for those in the cheese industry, the public is invited to several events:
Festival of Cheese, will feature the cheeses entered in the cheese competition, highlighting the winners. In addition to a staggering number of cheeses, the Festival will have artisan producers and local purveyors of cheese accessories, such as crackers, charcuterie, preserves, honeys, and craft beer. It’s a Muenster cheese tasting. Friday August 1, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at the Sacramento Convention Center. Tickets for the general public are $60 via Brown Paper Tickets.
Cheese Sale, this is your opportunity to buy the best cheeses made in North America at a great price. Feeling adventurous, buy a $25 cheese grab bag and see what you snagged. Proceeds from the Cheese Sale benefit the American Cheese Education Foundation. Cash is king, but credit cards are accepted. Edam while you can, it’s a ewe-nique opportunity. Saturday, August 2nd, 11:00 – 2:00 at the Sacramento Convention Center, admission is free. Brie there or brie square. Okay I’ll stop.
And if you think Sacramento is curd-less, think again. While specialty grocery stores usually carry a nice variety of cheeses, we have several cheese-centric locations that bring you craft cheese every day!
The Rind, 1801 L Street, opened 11 am until at least 10 everyday. 916.441.RIND (7463)
The Rind is a cheese bar where you can taste unique artisanal cheeses paired with interesting wines and beers. Cheese-heads can sample everything, from buttery to blue, nutty to stinky. And if you need more than a taste, try their grown-up grilled cheese sandwiches or mac & cheese. Definitely not a blue and yellow box with electric-orange powdered cheese.
The Cultured & The Cured, 3644 J Street opened Tuesday – Sunday, 11am until 9 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 10pm on Friday and Saturday; 5pm on Sunday; Closed Monday. (916) 732-3600 This East Sac shop focuses on local and west coast cheeses and charcuterie, bringing to Sacramento the tradition of a cheese monger who will help guide you to find exactly what you’re looking for even when you don’t know what you’re looking for! Soups, salads, charcuterie plates, grilled cheese, mac & cheese, sandwiches, and pantry items, this shop takes their cheese seriously and so will you.
The Block Butcher, 1050 20th Street, 916.476.6306 11AM to 12AM every day.
Block Butcher Bar is a boutique salumi, spirits and wine bar. The menu features charcuterie, fine artisanal cheeses and seasonal bites. Choose from the “pickled, cured, fermented and marinated” selections; make your own charcuterie boards or cheese slabs; or salads and sandwiches. With over 30 cheeses (cow, sheep, goat and blues) to choose from it’s hard to limit it to 3/5/7 choices. But they are there to help. And over 100 different whiskeys – it’s kind of hard to leave.
Go out and EXPLORE your own backyard w/ these fun & tasty July events in & around Sacramento:
Bonjour Bastille Day. If your vacation is now a “staycation” July is the time to get your French on and storm Midtown! The Sacramento Chapter of the Alliance Francaise will be celebrating Bastille Day, when the peasants stormed the Bastille Prison and started the French Revolution, with their Annual Waiters’ Race & Bastille Day Street Festival. July 13th 12 – 3pm at 18th & L Streets, Sacramento
Don’t lose your head at the 12th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake!” Fundraising Event.
Sample Sacramento’s finest French foods and outstanding local wines and coffees, enjoy live music, and feast your eyes on magnificent and mouth-watering cakes created by talented local bakeries and chefs. There will be a cake raffle and a silent auction as well. July 14th 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm at The Grand Ballroom 1215 J Street $40 in advance; $50 at door
Are the Islands calling? Grab a lei or make a grass skirt and head to the Summer Luau Beer & Wine Tasting at New Glory Brewing. Celebrate summer in Hawaiian style at this fun wine and beer sampling event! The evening will offer tours of the brewery, and playing beer and wine trivia for prizes. Food trucks will be on site selling delicious food. July 13th, 1 pm at New Glory Craft Brewing, 8251 Alpine Ave $20
Feeling more local? GATHER is a unique event that takes place in the Oak Park neighborhood. It is a social experiment based around the idea that a neighborhood that eats together, stays together and strengthens the community.
Outdoor communal tables encourage a sense of community while you enjoy the warm (hot?) summer nights. The event offers a craft beer area, artisanal food vendors, designers, food demos interactive are, live music and a modular kids park. July 10th 5 – 9pm or August 14th 5 – 9pm in Oak Park at Broadway & 3rd Avenue
Something edgier? SactoMoFo’s Food Truck Mania will be at McKinley Park. It’s great music, lots of kid fun, a beer garden, and all your favorite food trucks! July 11th or August 8th from 5 pm – 9 pm at McKinley Park on Alhambra Blvd.
This camp has more than s’mores! Mad Food Science Fun Camp makes food and science in fun and educational. Campers learn nutritional concepts and explore the scientific properties of food through a series of fun hands-on experiments, including magical floating eggs, color changing milk, ice cream making and more. The week of July 21 through July 25 1pm – 4pm at Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive $130
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Dreaming of Donuts in Sacramento? (by Lisa Frank)
Raised, glazed or crazed, donuts in their many forms are once again glamorous. The lowly fried hunk of dough has recently been elevated to the ranks of the highfalutin croissant with a bastardization called the cronut (trademarked name FYI) or the dosant or doughssant. The buttery goodness of a flakey croissant with the deep fried crunch of a donut, it might be what has been missing in your life. It could be another fad like the donut hole craze (there are cronut holes too) or the ill-fated expansion of the South’s beloved Krispy Kreme franchise (there are still a few around), but then again, donuts have been around in one form or another since at least the 1800’s so they clearly have staying power.
Sacramento’s donut scene is clearly keeping up with players in the big cities. So here is where to fill the need for all that yummy, fried goodness, whatever country it originated in.
Donut meet Happy Hour: Ella’s has a Fried Brioche, with Bourbon Butterscotch Glaze and Candied Almond Dust. How can that not be good? And for only $5 during their award-winning happy hour menu – order me up 2 batches, please! Okay while not technically a donut, it is fried dough so counts in my book. Ella Dining Room, 1131 K Street (Corner of 12th & K Street, Valet parking available), Sacramento. Happy Hour Monday thru Friday 3pm to 6pm.
Estelle’s Patisserie supports TGIF. Check out their Doughnut Fridays with a filled brioche donut, or Croixnut Tuesdays AND Sundays. With flavors like Vanilla Earl Grey, Salted Caramel or Cinnamon Sugar, your taste buds will thank you. If you want to dream donuts all day, visit their mouth-watering Facebook page where they post their amazing croixnut and donut “fresh out of the oven” photos. This is where you can keep up to date what their flavors of the week are! Estelle’s Patisserie, 901 K Street (9th and K Streets), Sacramento.
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Exploring Sacramento Has Never Been Better Than Spring! And once the pollen has died down, there will be no end to the fun just waiting for you! So get out and get going ‘cause spring will be summer in no time at all.
It is the beginning of festival season in the Sacramento Region. Calendars ready? Adventure out to the colorful and educational Pacific Rim Street Fest in Old Sac & Downtown Plaza May 18th from 10am to 5pm – great food, amazing costumes and family-friendly! If you are looking for something fun, energetic and different check out Spanglish Arte’s unique Pinata Festival at Southside Park in Sacramento May 24th from 11am to 6pm. Have you ever been to a pinata-hitting contest? Guaranteed laughs….and of course lots of candy! Ready to get down and dirty? Kick it up a notch with crawfish and blues? Cajun and Blues in Isleton, the grand daddy of jazz festivals will be June 14th and 15th (Father’s Day Weekend).
You are probably asking….but where is the FOOD DRIVEN EVENTS and FESTIVALS? Good point….we got you covered! If you want to spend A Day on The Farm you can visit American River Ranch on May 18th for a day of learning, eating, music and celebrating the local farms bounty…..even cooking classes will be offered. Two great events to consider on Saturday June 7th - Sacramento VegFest – a food event celebrating plant-based foods and products with some world-class speakers. All takes place at the Red Lion Hotel – 11am to 6pm. Wanting more that weekend…head on over to Cesar Chavez Plaza for Sacramento Region’s Premier Wine & Food Festival – Grape Escape. Over 60 of the region’s wineries and 40 local restaurants – you won’t walk away hungry or dehydrated for sure! Advanced ticketing required for this event. If you are looking for a more Intimate Affair with food and smooth tequila then reserve your seats for a Pre-Father’s Day Tequila Pairing 4 Course Dinner at Mayahuel Tequila Museo Friday June 13th at 7pm. You can book your tickets thru Local Roots Food Tours who is sponsoring the event! Buy Tickets Here.
Futbol is here, fellow soccer fans! Say hello to the Sacramento Republic FC. Now that we have a team, let’s join the rest of the world and call it futbol. The Republics are currently tied for third place in the USL Pro standing. A great match up against LA Galaxy II should be your next sporting event in Sacramento – Saturday May 17th at Hughes Stadium. A few pointers: It is a match, not a game. It is a pitch, not a field. There are no time outs.
The boys of summer are back! The Sacramento River Cats are well into the swing of their season. And home games abound. Forget about Fix50, pull into Raley Field and take in American’s pastime on June 13th and 14th when they vs. Iowa. And for the second year, fireworks after every Friday night home game and Saturday game. If it’s good food and good beer you are after then you have come to the right place! Sure there are peanuts and cracker jacks, but also An Honest Pie – a food truck featuring sweet and savory pies, as well as an expanded menu from Broderick Roadhouse in the Jack Daniels Solon Club. There are gluten-free and vegetarian dining options. And don’t forget the beer garden. Going to a game has never been this delicious before.
You might not need a pig, but you definitely need to go to a market and ALL of our local Certified Farmer’s Markets are open. Over 11 to choose from in the area!! Find a market near you: CLICK HERE If you are looking to learn about the farm before you pick up your fork you should check out Sierra Foothills Farm & Wine Tour in Placer County on Saturday, May 31st or Friday, June 6th. Meet farmers, vintners and a pig named Gordo! Buy Tickets Here
Local Roots Food Tours will be going strong all summer long offering farm to fork walking food tours! What better time to learn about Sacramento and the hidden neighborhood eateries. They have Sacramento covered: Downtown, Midtown and East Sac all have delicious and interesting tours. Want a day trip? How about the charming town of Murphy’s in the foothills or a farm to fork tour in Placer County? Check out their food tour menu and dates to go: Local Roots Food Tours
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Local Roots Food Tours Partners with Local Venues for Exclusive Culinary Events
We are thrilled to announce our first quarterly series of special culinary venues for our loyal customers and their friends & family. We listened to our customer feedback and one of the biggest request we received was special culinary venues with local establishments. We are excited to announce our upcoming culinary venues in downtown Sacramento. These food events are limited seating and only being offered for a specific date and time. No time to think it over, these seats will be spooned up quickly. Sure to please everyone’s palate and appetite to learn more in our delicious culinary community with our local chefs and purveyors. Keep checking back with us on a quarterly basis for more event offerings. We are on a roll now!
Private Tequila Tasting Dinner – Friday, June 13th @ 7:-00pm
Experience the true way to pair some of the smoothest tequila with the tastiest meats and produce. Get up close and into the action pairing tequila with a taste of Mexico. Get your tequila notes ready and join us on Friday, June 13th at 7:00pm for a magnificent evening by advanced ticketing only. The dinner is being offered by Local Roots Food Tours and Mayahuel Tequila Museo in Sacramento. Come learn & taste your way thru Mexico with a bountiful 4 course meal with a hand-selected flight of tequila. Each course will be paired with the right tequila to perfection. One of Mayahuel’s Tequila Master will educate and entertain the participants with their wealth of tequila and all its nuances – participants will walk away from the event knowing more than they ever thought they would about tequila and unique ways to pair food with it. After your palates are replenished you will be leaving this exclusive culinary event with the knowledge on what type of tequilas pair nicely with what food. Bring your spouse, your best friend or your lucky neighbor and enjoy an evening you will always remember. Call 1-800-407-8918 for more information. Limited tickets available – intimate evening. Click Here to Purchase Tickets Online. $75.00 Per Person Not Including Ticketing Fee. Additional Tequila Cocktails Can Be Purchased w/ Ticket Purchase As Well.
3 Years & Going Ticket Sale!
Local Roots Food Tours is CELEBRATING their 3 years in offering culinary walking tours. Time sure flies by! We would like to thank all our loyal and tasty customers by inviting them to come explore their palates with us – this time bringing someone new with them to introduce them to Local Roots Food Tours. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for a lot of hungry customers who took the leap and came on one of our very first culinary adventures. It all began with our ever-popular City of Trees Walking Food & History Tour in the spring of 2011. Expanding to 4 different culinary tour options and our newly launched Exclusive Culinary Events – we are humbled by where we started and thrilled at what lies ahead for Local Roots Food Tours!
To show our gratitude and to say “Thank You” to all our fun customers we are offering a special DISCOUNT CODE on any ADULT FOOD TOUR TICKET between April 15th thru May 31st, 2014. Use Promo Code: “REPEAT” to receive $5.00 off any ticket purchased online. ***Excludes all gift certificate orders or private group tour experiences. Limited to 4 tickets per order. We can’t wait to see you on another one of our fun food-filled days! Buy Your Tickets ONLINE NOW by CLICKING HERE.
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Wanting to plan a PRIVATE GROUP TOUR for your food lover group? Dinner clubs, book clubs, newcomer clubs….the group tour options are ENDLESS. Please fill out our Private Group Tour Inquiry Form and our Event Planner will get back to you within 24 hours.
Family Reunion? Bachelorette Party? Graduation? So many spring and summertime events are coming up rather quickly. Let us plan your CUSTOM PLANNED FOOD TOUR today!
CELEBRATE PARENTHOOD WITH FOOD, HISTORY and GREAT FUN!
Parenthood needs to be celebrated with family, great food on a fun Local Roots Food & History Tour! Celebrate the moms and dads in your life by GIFTING a CULINARY TOUR GIFT CERTIFICATE.
Thank all the men and women who have made sacrifices all along the way in parenting. There isn’t a better time than MOTHER’S DAY and FATHER’S DAY to thank those very important and instrumental figures in your life. Why not celebrate by joining them on a walking food & wine tour? Have you ever met a parent who has turned away food when being offered? A day to relax and enjoy. No cooking, no washing dishes and no cleaning up. Pure and simply a day filled with food, libations and great history during a 3.5 hour walk along some wonderful neighborhood streets.
CELEBRATING PARENTHOOD GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE:
Purchase any 2 or MORE GIFT CERTIFICATES between April 15th thru June 15th and receive 20% off your entire gift certificate order. We offer VIRTUAL GIFT CERTIFICATES by CLICKING HERE. Discount will automatically be given once 2 or more gift certificates have been purchased. If you would rather receive a physical gift certificate to your wonderful parents or directly to you, please fill out our GIFT CERTIFICATE FORM and we will be in touch within 24 hours to complete your gift certificate order. Do you want to make it a FAMILY CELEBRATION? Why not? Add on extra tickets to make sure all the siblings are coming along to help mom and dad celebrate their special day and acknowledging all their sacrifices thru the years. What better way to unite your family than a food focused day out being guided by one of our talented and passionate culinary concierge. BUY EXTRA TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE.