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PostHeaderIcon Special Culinary Events in Sacramento

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!

Ladies’ Fiesta Celebration Brunch -  Saturday, May 10th – 11:00am

Tell all your girlfriends, daughters and moms.  Saturday, May 10th an exclusive ladies only Fiesta Celebration Brunch will be offered for all the amazing women in Sacramento and beyond.  Local Roots Food Tours and Mayahuel Tequila Museo are inviting women from all walks of life to come celebrate and enjoy a morning catered to them.  Mayahuel’s Executive Chef and passionate team will be preparing a beautiful celebration brunch filled with delectable tastes from Mexico.  An amazing way to sit back, relax and allow this talented culinary team to pamper your palate.  Brunch is open to all ladies.  Sorry men, not this time.  Brunch will include 3 to 4 courses, special pink tequila cocktail, dessert, flowers and a special takeaway gift.  For more details please call 1-800-407-8918.  Click Here to Purchase Tickets Online  Hurry! Tickets will go fast.  $60 per person not including ticketing fee.

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.

 

PostHeaderIcon March into the Kitchen Cooking Classes

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

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 Sacramento & Beyond: Cooking Classes Grow in Popularity

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

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PostHeaderIcon Chef Symposiums and Restaurant Gardens Top 10 Trends

We tour all around different cities looking for what might be a winner and hot topic to talk about with our food tour participants.  Trying to stay ahead of the kitchen mallet as to what is trending compared to what is here to stay in the culinary arena has its perks and challenges.  Local Roots Food Tours has compiled their top finds on what you might experience in 2013 while on your “foodie adventures.”

Top 10 Culinary Trends For 2013:
1.  Chef’s behind closed curtains is a thing of the past.  2013 will continue to bring celebrity (as well as local chefs) front and center hosting special themed culinary events, symposiums and contribute to hands-on cooking classes.  No more hiding behind the frying pan – their talents and passion will continue to be exposed with many culinary events.  We are looking forward to seeing more of our local executive chefs come out and support Sacramento’s Farm to Fork Capital of America efforts by offering some pretty awesome cooking events in and out of their kitchens in 2013.

2.  Restaurant gardens – Whether it be in back alley gutters or a transformed back lot, gardens are popping up all over the nation.  Chefs cite many logical reasons why restaurant gardens are a good idea: cost, convenience, control, sustainability. The concept of in-house farming is hardly new and the trend has hit far and wide—there are countless restaurants tilling their own soil and planting the seeds for vegetables that will eventually appear on a customer’s plate.  A small farm adjacent to an eating establishment keeps that path from farm to table about as short as it can get.  One example we love is share is Mineral Restaurant in Murphys, CA.  Executive Chef Steve Rinauro and partner/co-owner Maya Rinauro have been busy planting, weeding, watering and harvesting their restaurant garden in 2012.  Their farm to table philosophy is lived vivaciously every day in their vegetarian menu.  For those restaurants who don’t have the option of a garden out their back door, buying plots of land in local farms creates a great option.  One local farm in Sacramento, Feeding Crane Farms offers such plots to local Sacramento chefs…..the next best thing to offer local farm ingredients.

3. Nordic food is out – Peruvian and Korean food is in for 2013.
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PostHeaderIcon Back to the Kitchen! Sacramento Cooking Class Offerings

SUGAR & SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE PRIVATE  BAKING CLASS! Sugar & Spice Specialty Desserts -  1201 F Street, Sacramento, CA  95814
Just in time to learn how to create amazing desserts for the upcoming holidays. Want to learn how to make buttery soft croissants, brioche and fluffy cupcakes?  
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Unseasonable weather did not dampen the spirits of our little tour group. Armed with umbrellas we set out to sample some treats, admire some architecture, and learn a little about the history of Sacramento. Our tour guide Leslie was energetic and engaging, attentive to the needs of each individual. This was my second tour with Local Roots, and I look forward to more!
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