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Our Local Roots Food Tours guide team LOVE their “Cup of Joe” and always have their radar on Sacramento’s Independent Coffeehouses and the Culture that is Perking throughout our Community. So many options and venues to saturate one’s palate; whether you are a straight up black coffee drinker, a mocha latte lover or espresso sipper….we have a special coffeehouse for you to fulfill those coffee cravings!
- Temple Coffee Roasters – 1010 9th Street, Sacramento and 2928 S Street, Sacramento
- Insight Coffee Roasters – 1615 16th Street, Sacramento and 1014 10th Street, Sacramento
- Coffeeworks Roasters – 3418 Folsom Blvd, East Sacramento
- Chocolate Fish – 4749 Folsom Blvd, East Sacramento and 400 P Street, Sacramento
- Old Soul Co. – 1716 L Street, Sacramento
- Tiferet Coffeehouse – 3020 H Street, East Sacramento
- The Mill – 1827 I Street, Midtown, Sacramento
- Naked Coffee Roasting – 3527 Broadway, Oak Park, Sacramento
- Pachamama Coffee Co-op – 919 20th Street, Midtown, Sacramento
You might be a wine connoisseur who wants to learn more about the nuances of coffee….what better way than to take your wine knowledge and apply it to the love of coffee! You will be surprised on how transferable the knowledge of one can apply towards the other! (courtesy of blogger Paul Gregutt)
• Sweet and mild?• Bright and balanced?• Often fruity, with spicy highlights
• Pungent, wild and spicy?• The most acidic, but least bitter?• Often with fruit notes and moderate sweetness
• Big chocolate and cinnamon aromas?• Dark, nutty and smoky?• Thick, often with an almost syrupy texture
We bet you didn’t know these 5 things about coffee….
1. There are about 100 different strains of coffee, but we only drink two. Robusta is the easier-to-grow, more bitter and caffeine-packed bean and is often used in cheap commercial brands. The milder and more complex Arabica is the go-to choice for gourmet coffees.
2. It’s a Super Food The long list of anti-oxidants in coffee may help guard against some cancers, cardiovascular disease, gout, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s, according to recent studies.
3. Terroir Matters Like wine, a coffee’s flavor is greatly affected by soil, altitude and climate.
4. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Yes, the flavors are bolder, with higher tannin levels, but these coffees can show some bright red?and black fruit flavors on the mid-palate.
5. Acid Trip Coffees with high acidity, like those from Ethiopia, will often show nuanced citrus flavors.
The Wine Coffee Connection
Your wine palate is a terrific guide when choosing the right coffee style. Just remember, the two rarely mix well.
You Love: Off-dry Riesling ?Coffee You Ought To Drink: Ethiopian?Scents of white flowers and citrusy, tangerine flavors are important to both the wines and the coffees.
You Love: Chardonnay? Coffee You Ought To Drink: Arabian Mocha-Java?Chardonnay’s apple and pear flavors, along with accents of lightly roasted, buttered nuts, are paralleled by the spicy, buttery flavors of these aromatic blends.
You Love: Pinot Noir? Coffee You Ought To Drink: Central American?Red fruits and bright acidity are in play in many fine Pinots, and the floral highlights and light chocolate notes in Costa Rican and Panamanian coffees offer similar elegance and definition.
You Love: Merlot ?Coffee You Ought To Drink: Central American?The straightforward nature of these plush, fruity wines is matched by these crisp, citrusy coffees.
You Love: Syrah? Coffee You Ought To Drink: Dark Italian Roast?A classic espresso roast has the dark, smoky richness, along with a compelling earthiness, that matches similar strengths in your favorite Syrah.
You Love: Cabernet Sauvignon ?Coffee You Ought To Drink: Indonesian?Cabernet, the quintessential steakhouse wine, has thick, chewy tannins. Dark-roasted coffees from Indonesia have the same syrupy depth, with flavors of bittersweet chocolate.
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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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.
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
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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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.
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.
Good news, foodies! You don’t need to be in a culinary program to partake in some excellent culinary classes offered in and around Sacramento. Come on – take your spatula by the handle and get ready to learn, create and taste your newest creations in some fun, local culinary hands-on cooking classes. Don’t let the word “culinary” intimidate you. Let your passion for food drive you to some interactive food training.
Crepes, Gnocchi, Truffles……The Learning Exchange
The Learning Exchange is offering up some excellent cooking courses this spring in and around Sacramento. Who wouldn’t like to know how to make perfected crepes or have some fun with a class all about creating Gnocchi or focusing in on French Cooking? These courses have a great variety for any type of cook and are located throughout the city and its suburbs. To learn more about their courses and sign up check out: www.learningexchange.com
Croissant & Empanada Workshops at Co-op Cooking School
Co-op Learning Center and cooking school offers something for everyone: from their extensive cooking class program to health and well-being seminars to a variety of lectures and panel discussions. They love to educate our community about important food, family, health and environmental issues. The Co-op is committed to supporting organic local family farms and small producers of high quality food. They highlight these growers and producers in our specialty food tastings as well as featuring their organically grown ingredients in their cooking classes. How cool is that? www.sacfoodcoop.com