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Spring has Sprung!
Take advantage of our SPRING FORWARD TICKET SALE NOW thru April 30th, 2015. 
We want to celebrate our customers and all their guests by offering our annual spring ticket sale.  We wouldn’t be where we are today celebrating our 4th spring season at Local Roots Food Tour if it weren’t for our loyal customers who keep coming back for more culinary adventures!  It’s our little way of celebrating together and sharing in some great food, fun and memories!
Use promo code: SPRING to receive 10% off each ADULT TICKET -  You can place your order by calling 1-800-407-8918 OR

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Northern California is blessed with so many great restaurants and shops, it can be confusing to know where to start.  Our walking tours are a great way to get acquainted with the local food scene, and a great activity for visitors, families, and co-workers alike. We harness the power of great food to unite people, no matter their race or creed.  Spend time learning and tasting, and you’re sure to come away a bit more enlightened than you already were.  Book some time for you or your group and take a well-rounded sample of some delicious foods, from iconic restaurants to the hidden gems — you’ll see what the buzz is about!

Local Roots Food Tours offers four walking tours; each distinctly different.  Gourmet on ‘K’ Culinary Walking Tour , Origins of Sacramento Food and Cultural Walking Tour  and Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour are walking tours in and about our historical neighborhoods surrounding downtown Sacramento. Our getaway tour takes you down another journey in Calaveras County to the quaint mining town of Murphys.  Murphys Food & Wine Walking Tour celebrates the bounty of a rich soil region well known for their excellent wines and agriculture.  Each tour offers a large variety of tastings while visiting an array of specialty food shops, artisans, and neighborhood restaurants.

PostHeaderIcon Food Lovers Valentines Ticket Sale

Valentine’s doesn’t have to come just once a year on a special day.  Why not celebrate your love for food by participating on one of our culinary walking tours now until the end of March?  We bring groups together who share one thing in common…their love for food.  Let us feed you, quench your thirst and entertain you on one of our walking food tours in Sacramento or Murphys, California.  Spend 3.5 hours with your family, friends or coworkers learning about where local farm fresh ingredients you will be consuming are being sourced from what local farms.  Experience interactions with local chefs and restaurant owners hearing their story and where their passion comes from when it comes to food. Fall in love with your own city or backyard with historical stories that connect you with the local history.  What a fun and memorable food lovers day!

A great way to spend your time with those you love, those you work with or those you live next to.  Take advantage of our Food Lover’s Valentines Ticket Sale today by entering promo code: “HEART” and you will receive $10 OFF each ADULT TICKET for your online or over the phone order.  Hurry!  Sale ends February 28, 2014.  Discounted tickets must be used by March 31, 2014.  Click Here to ORDER YOUR TICKETS ONLINE.  Call 1-800-407-8918 to place your ticket over the phone if you would prefer.

Northern California is blessed with so many great restaurants and shops, it can be confusing to know where to start.  Our walking tours are a great way to get acquainted with the local food scene, and a great activity for visitors, families, and co-workers alike. We harness the power of great food to unite people, no matter their race or creed.  Spend time learning and tasting, and you’re sure to come away a bit more enlightened than you already were.  Book some time for you or your group and take a well-rounded sample of some delicious foods, from iconic restaurants to the hidden gems — you’ll see what the buzz is about!

Local Roots Food Tours offers four walking tours; each distinctly different.  Gourmet on ‘K’ Culinary Walking Tour , Origins of Sacramento Food and Cultural Walking Tour  and Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour are walking tours in and about our historical neighborhoods surrounding downtown Sacramento. Our getaway tour takes you down another journey in Calaveras County to the quaint mining town of Murphys.  Murphys Food & Wine Walking Tour celebrates the bounty of a rich soil region well known for their excellent wines and agriculture.  Each tour offers a large variety of tastings while visiting an array of specialty food shops, artisans, and neighborhood restaurants.  Enough food is served to consider it a meal.

PostHeaderIcon Holiday Sprinkling Food Tour Ticket Sale!

We love the holidays – lots of great food and wonderful gatherings.  Why not gather up your friends, family or coworkers and come join us on one of our fun holiday food tours?  Weather is perfect for a walk throughout a specially designed tour route filled with holiday laughter, warm drinks, festive food and great conversation.  Our holiday food tours are being offered straight thru the holidays….even Christmas Eve and New Years Eve!

It’s Our Annual HOLIDAY SPRINKLING TICKET SALE!!

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: “SPRINKLE” for any adult ticket and receive $12 off each ticket making adult tour tickets $45 to $56 each!

Hurry for this awesome offer:  Sale will end December 31, 2014 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 HOLIDAY SPRINKLING TICKET SALE:

Origins of Sacramento Food & History Walking Tour

Gourmet on ‘K’ Culinary Walking Tour

Urban Art Food & Libations Walking Tour

Murphys Food & Wine Walking Tour

Holiday Food Tour Gift Certificates – For All Your Food Lovers!

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 SPRINKLING GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE:   Choose any gift certificate(s) and receive 10% off your entire order by using the promo code “SUGAR”!  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.

 

PostHeaderIcon Appreciation Ticket Sale for Veterans & Active Duty Families

We want to thank all those veterans who have served and their families during our annual Veteran & Military Food Tour Ticket Sale.

Book your food tour ticket(s) for one of our scheduled walking culinary tours within the date range specified:

Origins of Sacramento Food & History Walking Tour

Gourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour

Murphys Food & Wine Walking Tour

Receive $15.00 off each ADULT TICKET by using promo code: HONOR. 

Ticket sale is valid for tours schedule on Friday, November 7, Saturday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 11th ***VETERANS DAY.

Our culinary walking tours are 3.5 hour long in length and offer the opportunity to taste and drink from 6 to 8 establishments within the local routed area.  If you are a food lover, love to get outdoors and walk and enjoy great company – come check out Local Roots Food Tours and know we appreciate everything you do for our country.   For more details on our tours please visit us at:  http://www.local-food-tours.com

PostHeaderIcon Flavors of the Season Food Tour Ticket Sale

FLAVORS OF THE SEASON SALE

Air is turning crisp, nights are short but simmering with wonderful flavors in our kitchens.

Why not join us for a fall walking food tour and explore the new flavors of the season!

Between October 15th thru November 15th you can SAVE $5 per adult ticket by using promo code: FLAVOR

Our tour menu has 4 wonderful options to choose from….once you participate in one of our tours, you definitely will want to experience the rest!

Our Walking Food Tour Options:

Urban Art Food, & Libations Walking Tour   Offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Gourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour   Offered Wednesdays and Saturdays

Origins of Sacramento Food & History Walking Tour  Offered Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Murphys Food & Wine Walking Tour   Offered Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

BUY TICKETS NOW AND SAVE:   CLICK HERE

PostHeaderIcon Dog Days of Summer Ticket Sale – Hurry!

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.

PostHeaderIcon Slow Food Sacramento: Thank You McDonalds

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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PostHeaderIcon Celebrating the American Cheese Plate in Sacramento!

Sacramento Hails The Big Cheese by Lisa Frank

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.

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PostHeaderIcon Sacramento Road Trip Adventures in July

Summer Is In Full Swing! (by Lisa Frank)

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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PostHeaderIcon Donut Dreams in Sacramento – Drool Worthy!

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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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!
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