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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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5 Reasons For a Culinary Group Tour
1. Do you have a Family/Class Reunion in the near future?
So, you have your family in town for little Bobby’s graduation and the ceremony lasts 3 hours. And you have 3 more days with your relatives. What are you going to do? You’ve gone bowling, hiking and seen 4 movies. I have a fabulous idea: FOOD TOUR! Walking out in the fresh air, learning about history and (the best of all!) EATING! Nothing brings families closer together than food. Meeting chefs and owners of local restaurants and tasting delicious food is a perfect way to spend the day with the ones your love. Showcasing your hometown (or destination for that matter) is a fabulous way to spark conversation and open up discussions about local food and agriculture. And Uncle Fred can’t complain if you are feeding him right?!
2. It’s your turn to plan a Girls Day Out?
I cannot tell you how often I stop and look at my day planner and say to myself, “it’s been too long since I’ve seen my girlfriends.” If you are anything like me- work seems to get in the way of everything! Sit down, email your girls and carve out a day to meet up. The rule is— no one can cancel. You won’t be sorry you did this. There is nothing better than getting together with the women that know you best and experiencing the behind the scenes of the culinary world. (cocktail tastings also make life fabulous!) Catching up with your friends, tasting amazingly delicious food and walking around beautiful settings— adds up to being the most perfect of days. Book Club, Bible Study Group, Red Hat Society, Cooking Club, Travel Club…..bring all your girlfriends and let Local Roots take care of the rest!
Discover the possibility of team building through food and drink! Local Roots Food Tours offers customized private group tours for endless possibilities.
Why a Walking Food Tour for your team?
10 Reasons Why Food Tours Rock 4 Office Team Building:
1. Did you ever work in an office environment where no one didn’t like food? Food and coworkers go fork to fork.
2. In 3 hours or less you eat at 5 to 7 different restaurants and don’t have to bring a potluck dish….its all there ready when you arrive!
3. Even the boss has fun meeting the chefs, artisan owners and sipping on a cool tequila infused margarita….all while building team unity!
4. All tours are customized for your groups needs; food tour scavenger hunt, trivia food pursuit, food team challenges, you name it – we will design it!
5. Leave all the planning up to our event planning team – you and your team show up hungry and let us take care of the rest!
6. You are outdoors, walking, talking and eating! How much more do you need to keep motivated?
7. If you don’t get along as a group, food will connect you….a margarita and beer sample just might be the conflict resolution you were looking for!
8. You can work 1/2 a day and then treat your staff to a 1/2 day on a foodie adventure.
9. Can’t do a daytime event, no sweat (literally)! We offer evening custom group tours as well!
10. Walking around aimlessly with a trained culinary concierge just eating and drinking with no purpose but to eat and drink and have fun….does that sound stressful to you?
Sacramento is always being highlighted for something, but did you know Restaurant News recently named Sacramento as the city whose “Restaurants Sizzle”? Sacramento has evolved into a vibrant dining Mecca. Time magazine has also named Sacramento the most diverse city in America, which is reflected in the many flavors found in restaurants throughout the region. Be adventurous and ready to be entertained as you join Local Roots Food Tours in one of their 3 culinary tours in downtown Sacramento.
Taking time to explore the back streets by foot, taking your palate on a culinary journey is what Local Roots Food Tours is all about. Savoring, Learning, Exploring and Connecting its locals and tourist to Sacramento’s cuisine, culture and history. Their tours are a great way to get acquainted with the local food scene, and a great activity for visitors, families, and co-workers alike. They harness the power of great food to unite people, no matter their race or creed. Spend three hours 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 tours in Sacramento; each distinctly different. City of Trees Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour and our Origins of Sacramento Food and Cultural Walking Tour are offered 6 days a week, custom group tours can be arranged as well. Their newest food tour experience is offered Wednesday and Thursdays; Market to Plate Executive Chef Lunch Tour
The Origins of Sacramento Walking Food and Cultural Tour is our newest addition in Sacramento. This Sacramento food tour explores the very beginnings of Sacramento, from Sutter’s colony Nueva Helvecia to the Fabulous Forties, with tastings of the best dishes the immigrants brought with them. You’ll learn about how the many diverse groups forged our great city and created its agricultural dominance.
Come join our culinary and cultural food tours in Sacramento this week as we take a step FORWARD by celebrating the 80+ degree weather! Temperatures are cooling down but our tours are about ready to heat up in a week long offer!
Ticket prices are DROPPING for 1 week only!
$45.00 adult tickets for tours taken on
Tuesday, July 12th
Thursday, July 14th
Friday, July 15th
Saturday, July 16th
Take advantage of these lower priced tours for this week only by using special code: “80 degrees”. Now that’s Groovy, Baby!
Looking for a birthday, anniversary or wedding gift?
Our gift certificates make a wonderful and unique gift option and we will honor these low ticket prices for the week for our gift certificate purchases.
More BANG for the BUCK option. Now that’s psychedelic!
Sale prices will end on Saturday, July 16th at 10:30pm Pacific time.
Have you wondered what a walking food and cultural tour was about? Sound fun but you were waiting until the heat subsided before joining a tour? Weather forecast is GOING BACK TO THE 80′s for the entire week! Our trained tour guides will be taking you on a 3 hour culinary adventure while walking under beautiful shade trees and eating at 6 different restaurants that share their air condition with us! Refreshing drinks, local, fresh ingredients and great historical facts blended in. Sounds like a great afternoon to us! Come explore Sacramento’s hidden gems and enjoy the 80s! We might even have to have a “Name that 80′s tune” contest on our culinary adventure!
Advanced ticketing is required. Take advantage of this one week offer by entering special code: “80 Degrees”
Walking food and cultural tours are being offered in cities all around the globe.
1. Would rather be inside in a stuffy office or house than be outdoors in the fresh air.
2. If you simply don’t like to eat and try different types of food. You find food boring!
3. If you enjoy eating out of a can or bag rather than fresh local ingredients prepared by an artisan chef just for you.
4. If you are a loner and hate being around anyone.
5. You could care less about the history of the city you are living in or visiting…learning about “the roots” sounds dirty to you.
6. You don’t deal well meeting new people, making new friends/contacts. Shaking hands with chefs and restaurant owners sounds lame.
7. Humor to you is like nails across a chalkboard…..jokes are not a part of your vocabulary nor do you like hearing any.
8. Finding out where hidden gem eateries are and where great value meal offers are is a total waste of time and energy.
9. You have a fear of getting lost even though a trained guide would be leading the way.
10. You prefer to be in groups of more than 25 people at a time feeding off the same tray of food instead of your own personal fresh serving.
If you WEREN’T able to check off any 10 items above then WALKING FOOD & CULTURAL TOURS are just the activity you might be interested in participating in!
Learn more about your city’s great cuisine, architecture, history and culture all in one tour. Traveling this summer? Make sure to Google the city you are visiting and see if any walking food tours are offered. It’s a fantastic way to get to know the city you live in, are visiting or hope to live in in the future. Here is a listing of some Walking Food and Cultural Tours offered in some fun and tasty cities. Check them out!
SACRAMENTO, CA: http://www.localrootsfoodtours.com
SEATTLE, WA: http://www.savorseattlefoodtours.com
PORTLAND, OR: http://www.forktown.com
MIAMI, FL: http://www.miamifoodtours.com
NEW YORK, NY: http://www.foodsofny.com
CHAPEL HILL, NC: http://www.tastecarolina.net
CHICAGO, IL: http://www.chicagofoodplanet.com
SCOTTSDALE, AZ: http://www.arizonfoodtours.com
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: http://www.twincitiesfoodtours.com
Buy your walking food tour tickets today and see why it is becoming the NUMBER ONE ATTRACTION in CITIES ALL ACROSS THE NATION!
We are thrilled to announce Local Roots Food Tours will be featured on the airwaves this weekend on 5 local radio stations w/ Kat Maudru’s Public Files!
FEATURED RADIO SEGMENTS:
KSEG (96. THE EAGLE): Sunday, 6:30am -7:00am
KDDO (The New 94.7): Saturday, 6:30am – 7:00am
KCTC/ESPN (1320AM): Saturday, 6:00am- 6:30am
KDND (107.9 THE END : Sunday, 7:30am–8:00am
KBZC (106.5 The Buzz): Sunday, 6:00am-6:30am
Our owner, Lisa Armstrong, was invited to 96.9 Eagle by Public Affairs Director, Kat Maudru to talk about our walking food and culinary tours. Kat has some terrific questions for Lisa and threw in a few tidbits or two! The primary theme was Local Roots Food Tours mission of getting back to the roots of our surrounding communities’ agriculture and history. Our trained tour guides get each tour participant to slow down and SAVOR each fresh signature dish and LEARN more about the chef’s passion in each dish created at each of our stops as well as what mom and pop owners believe makes them unique in their eateries. Each participant is encouraged to EXPLORE these hidden gems in Sacramento’s beautiful neighborhoods all while CONNECTING it all together……the roots of our food and the roots of the people who make up our amazing communities.
Our summer food tours are in full swing; we offer Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Friday and Saturday tours. We begin early in the day and end before the heat is at its peak in downtown. 90% of our tour route is under shade with Sacramento’s beautiful tree-lined streets. Each location is air conditioned and serves refreshing ice water (or chilled wine!). Take advantage of our SUMMER SIZZLE TICKET SPECIAL from now until JULY 5th. Use discount code: “SIZZLE” to get 25% off our regular adult ticket price!
As they say at Eagle 96.9; “ROCK ON!” Hope to see you on a food tour this summer!