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PostHeaderIcon Local Roots Food Tours Celebrates 3 Years!

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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Origins of Sacramento Food & History Walking Tour

Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour

Gourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour

Murphys Food & Wine Walking Tour

Sierra Foothills Farm & Wine Van Tour

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! 

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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.

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Valentine’s Gift Certificates – For All Your Food Lovers!

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!

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

GIVE THE GIFT THAT GOES STRAIGHT TO THE HEART and SOUL

A CULINARY TOUR ADVENTURE!

Shopping for a birthday or anniversary gift?  Something that simply says;  “Thinking of you” or “Thanks”?  Our fun culinary adventures might be just the event you have been searching for.   Unique, tasty and memorable!  Surprise your friend or loved one with a gift that fills the stomach and captures the heart!  Call 1-800-407-8918 to order your gift certificate today or please complete this Gift Certificate Form and we will be back in touch with you in less than 24 hours.

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.

The quickest way to order Local Roots Food Tour Gift Certificates is by ordering online.  You can choose your way of giving your gift – virtually or a physical gift certificate.

PostHeaderIcon Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour in Sacramento

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?

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Winter time can be a time to get out and explore!

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.

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TOUR MENU FOR HAPPY HOLIDAYS TICKET SALE:

Origins of Sacramento Food & History Walking Tour

Gourmet on ‘K’ Culinary Walking Tour

Murphys Food & Wine Walking Tour

 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.

PostHeaderIcon Autumn Wonderland of Foodie Fun Events in Northern CA!

 

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

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PostHeaderIcon Flavors of the Seasons Fall Ticket Sale

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!)

Gourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour

Origins of Sacramento Food & History Walking Tour

Murphys Food & Wine Walking Tour

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!

 

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SUMMER BUCKET LIST with SAVINGS!

It’s getting hot and the days are long. Your family has made their summer bucket list and ready for some summer activities.  Add a Walking Food Tour to your bucket list this summer.  Plenty of time to set aside 4 hours and go have some fun in the sun with Local Roots Food & Farm Tours. Don’t let the heat stop you from having a fun day out w/ friends, family, neighbors, your club or perfect strangers who love food as much as you do! All our walking tour food stops have great air condition and cold beverages. Sacramento’s City of Trees will keep us cool along the planned routes with beautiful and abundant tree coverage. Wear your walking sandals, a sun hat and sunglasses along with a hefty appetite and away we will go!! It’s Our Annual SUMMER SIZZLE TICKET SALE!!

 

With summer 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 summer months ahead of us we want to offer a great ticket deal for our customers and their friends & family. Use promo code: “SIZZLE” for any adult ticket and receive $8 off each ticket making adult tour tickets $50 to 61.00 each!

Hurry for this awesome offer: Sale will end August 31, 2013 so now’s the time to save! Limit ticket sale to 5 tickets per ticker order and per person.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Foodie Fun Summer Stay-cation Tips

Summer Foodie Stay-cations!

With the soaring prices of gas, inflation and the housing crunch, many vacationers are holding back their grand vacation plans for the time being. Many would-be holiday makers are simply choosing a “stay-cation” instead. What’s a “stay-cation” you ask? Simply put, a “stay-cation” is a vacation that is close to home. Many people are choosing locations that are with an hour or so from their homes, it’s close enough to save on gas and just far enough to feel like a getaway. A stay-cation allows a family to save money while spending more quality time together and helping a local economy.

Everyone loves to eat on vacations so why not focus your family stay-cation around food? Here are 10 tips and ideas to get your stay-cation planner filled up and your bellies full!

First off: In order to enjoy your stay-cation we recommend you:
1. Put the World On Hold – Take time out—literally. Eliminating reminders of time helps wipe away the stress of the daily grind. Gather up all the clocks in your house and stash them in a dresser drawer. Throw your watch in next to them. Leave them there for the whole day (or two, or five).

2. Turn off the ringers on your phones and mute the answering machine. Check messages only when you want to, keeping in mind that “not at all” is always an option.
Do an “out of the office” message for your e-mail (even if your office is a corner of the playroom). Say you won’t be checking your e-mail till you’re back from vacation. Then power down the computer and throw a towel over it.

3. Skip the news—and maybe even stop the mail—for a week. When you banish the source of stress, the stress itself may follow. The earth will continue to turn even if you’re not reading all about it every morning at 7:30 sharp, and sadly, the bills will still be there when your vacation is over.

So now let’s get to the food portion of your stay-cation, shall we?   Here’s our top 7 ideas on how to create a foodie stay-cation.

1. Book a week long series of cooking classes in your local area. Sacramento offers several options for classes and cooking camps this summer. Check out these companies and see what might peak your palate: Lulu’s Kitchen in Sacramento has a variety of day and evening cooking classes. The Learning Exchange in Sacramento offers food & wine classes. Whole Foods Market and Sacramento Co-op are both offering fun summer cooking demos and classes you surely can fit into your stay-cation. They even have summer kids cooking camps…..just in case you have more space to fill in your calendar.

2. The California State Fair – take a few days with your entire family and do the State Fair Fried Food Challenge – you haven’t vacationed until you’ve experienced the deep fried mac -n -cheese on a stick, deep fried cheese curds and deep fried twinkies at the fair. State Fair Summer 2013 dates: July 12th-28th. Many local businesses offer discount fair tickets – check out Big O Tires – buy one get one free ticket offer before they run out!

3. Grab your bags and baskets and plan a Farmer’s Market Week with your family. Lucky for you there is a market within a 20 mile radius of Sacramento each day of the week. Have fun and meet your local farmers and artisans…..there might even be some education involved!  Searching for markets in the vicinity? Google: California Grown, Placer Grown, Davis Farmers Market, Ferry Building Market, Oxbow Market in Napa. Go to the market w/ a shopping list for the ingredients you will be needing for your brand new farm to fork recipes. We recommend coming on an empty stomach for the fun food truck vendors and samples you will run into. Try a different ethnic type of food at each market each day…making it an epicurean adventure.

4. Strap on your tennis shoes and sun had and participate in a culinary walking adventure in and around Sacramento. Eat your way thru your own city or explore the town next to you by going on a food or farm tour. These food tours are a half day event and give participants the opportunity to get up close and personal with local chefs, artisans, farmers and passionate mom and pop eatery owners. Kids will think you are the coolest parents when they have the chance for a local chef to sign their dirty napkin….Souvenir award for sure!  5 to 6 food stops along with history, culture and architecture just right out your back door. Check out Local Roots Food & Farm Tours for their different tour menu options and make it a foodie stay-cation must.

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PostHeaderIcon A Day of Soil, Farmers & Food! Farm to Fork Experience in the Foothills

Sierra Foothills Farm and Wine Tour Experience by Bethany Woy

Yes, we know that California is known for amazing fresh fruits and vegetables. We are known to produce some of the best wine grapes in the world. We are blessed with rolling hills of orchards, farms and vineyards. On a beautiful Saturday this May, a few food lovers decided they would venture out of Midtown Sacramento and join Local Roots Food Tours on the exploration of the nearby Sierra Foothills. A bartender, secretary, regional manager and executive chef joined the Local Roots staff and spent an afternoon discovering the wonders of nature right outside our back door. Here’s what they found.

“ We met up in Newcastle at a quaint little country store that you would see out of an old time movie. All fresh produce and local items were sold there. No big box stores. Just products from local dairies, farms, orchards and vineyards. Right away I knew this would be right up my alley. Living in Sacramento, it’s great to be able to shop at the Co-op or Farmer’s Markets, but seeing a little store with so many wonderful local products was refreshing.

We loaded up into the comfortable bus and headed out to Colwell Thundering Herd Farms where we met Rich and Nancy Colwell that own a mandarin farm. This couple have lived in Penryn since 1984, but the family farm dates back to 1959. The Colwells continue to live in an old ranch home owned by the Butler family dating back to the late 1800’s. (the land has supported peach, pears and plum orchards at that time!) Meeting Rich and Nancy was amazing and they were the nicest people ever. You could definitely see the passion they have for farming. I had no idea there were so many varietals of mandarin oranges but Rich gave us a full mandarin grove tour where we got to actually touch the trees and learn about pruning, harvesting and processing this amazing fruit. It was so wonderful to have them open up their property to us visitors.  The Colwells produce mandarin and lemon olive oil as well as balsamic vinegar and mandarin chocolate sauce. After touring the farm and getting up close and personal with the fruit we were asked to sit in a wonderful shady area of the property and asked to sample the Colwells products. We got to sample the olive oils, chocolate sauces, vinegars and even the fresh fruit itself.
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My friend and I enjoyed the charming and informative guide Nate as he led us around mid-town Sacramento on a 3.5 hour guided food and history tour,which features such delicacies as french toast from Cafe Bernardo to pulled pork carnitas and margaritas from Centro to ice cream at La Bombe, portobella mushroom bites stuffed with asiago cheese at Formolis and iced coffee from the Coffee Works.. At each of the restaurants we visited, we talked with the chef or manager about the local sourcing of the food, about their food philosophy, and their food passions. As foodies ourselves, it was like meeting new "old friends". The downside was a city temperature of over 90 degrees but the walk was still fun and we didn't feel pressure to "hurry up"; Nate was a delightful guide and clearly enjoys his job. Since the two of us (small group!) are local Sacramentans in our golden years, we felt we knew a lot of history of the area, but Nate was able to tell us stories which we didn't know about and which enriched our tour immensely. I would recommend this tour to anyone who likes food, likes to walk, likes to learn about history, and who likes to have fun!
Linda B., Sacramento, CA

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