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PostHeaderIcon Foodie Events in Northern California 4 July – Roadtrip!

Summer time is about EXPLORING….getting out and about and attending as many foodie events as possible in Northern California.  Want to know where?  We have compiled a listing of a few food related events for the month of July.  Get our your GPS, your fork, bib and appetite and come along as we journey thru some of Northern California’s foodie adventures!

July 14, 2012  – 5th ANNUAL CAPAY TOMATO FESTIVAL – Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic invite the public to the 5th Annual Capay Tomato, the farm’s festival that celebrates the great taste of organic heirloom and cherry tomatoes. The event will offer activities for all ages, including tomato tastings, farm tours, tractor tram rides, crafts and live music (3 bands) throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Farm fresh tacos and sandwiches, Pop Nation popsicles and local wine and beer will be sold. Attendees are invited to camp overnight in the farm orchards.
Buy tickets online until July 9th. $20 online; $25 at door; kids 12 and under are free.  1-800-796-6009 during business hours.

July 13-15, 2012 – BRENTWOOD CORNFEST!   Celebrating our agricultural heritage in a three-day weekend of fun, food and entertainment.  Plenty of local grown corn and fun filled corn activities; kid’s zone, live music, lots of food with corn of course, local brews and wine.  Tickets available: 925-634-3344 ? Brentwood, California
July 14, 2012 – Wine Country Big Q  Join us at the second annual Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa. Some of the best Pit Masters will be here to serve you up a slice. Sample great barbecued meats, world class wines, and award-winning brews while enjoying great country and blues music. ? Santa Rosa, CA

July 19-21, 2012 – California Wine Festival 2012 – The ‘Biggest Wine Festival Under the Sun.’ Over 200 of California’s finest wines from every wine region in the state – showcasing a total of over 350 fine wines. Over 2,500 wine fans will grab their glass and start swirling and sipping, while live music on stage keeps the party going.  Santa Barbara, CA

July 20-21, 2012 – Marysville Peach Fest – The 12th Annual Marysville Peach Festival is going to be an exciting event with a wide variety of new and returning craft vendors, food vendors cooking for every taste bud, several delicious choices of peach related foods, and great entertainment for all ages. Details call: (530) 749-3954, Marysville, CA

July 21, 2012 – 11th Annual Taste of the Delta – ?A great foodie event where you can come either by car or boat!  Held at the Village West Marina, the event showcases wineries and restaurants in the California Delta region. Guests sample wines and foods, enjoy vendor booths, live music, and silent and live auctions. Stockton, CA   916-777-4041
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PostHeaderIcon Fall Foodie Regional Events To Indulge In!

The heat has dissipated, the crops are being harvested and the crisp air leads foodies out and about exploring festivals and great food events in the Sacramento Region.  We have found several festivals and food entertainment to go check out.  Go Explore your bountiful Northern California food friendly region!
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PostHeaderIcon Local Roots Food Tours Live on 96.9 The Eagle! Tune In Now!

The owner of Local Roots Food Tours, Lisa Armstrong, had the opportunity to chat with Kat Maudru from 96.9 The Eagle for a segment on her Public Files.  Learn more about how these Sacramento Walking Food Tours were created and the uniqueness they are offering to the Sacramento Region for anyone who likes to eat and explore what is outside their backdoors!

Tune In Here: Local Roots Food Tours Live on Public Files with Kat Maudru 96.9 The Eagle

PostHeaderIcon Sacramento Food Tour 2nd Annual Red Shoe Crawl Fundraiser

Join Ronald McDonald House as they leisurely stroll through beautiful downtown and midtown Sacramento for their 2nd Annual Red Shoe Crawl on Sunday, June 26th 2011!

Not only will you have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of culinary delights from the best restaurants in the Sacramento region, you will be supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern California!

All proceeds raised will go directly to help the children and families served at the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House and Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake.

2011 Restaurants include: 3 Fires Lounge, Buckhorn Grill, Hamburger Patties, Lounge ON20, Lucca, L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen, Mini Burger Truck, Morgan’s Valley Bistro, Rubicon Brewing, Sapporo Grill, Trey B Cakes, Yogurtagogo, Zocalo & Mama Kim on the Go! Event After Party at L Wine Lounge!

Registration begins promptly at 1:00PM on the day of the event at the Sheraton Grand (1230 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814). This is where participants can sign in and receive their credentials.

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!!      $50 http://rmhcnc.eventbrite.com/Red Shoe Crawl
Sunday, June 26
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Registration starts at 1:00 PM at the Sheraton Sacramento Grand,
1230 J Street
Sacramento
916.734.4230.
RMHCNC.org

Red Shoe Crawl After Party
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen
Includes live entertainment and the chance to win two tickets anywhere Southwest Airlines flies.
916-734-4230

The Sacramento Ronald McDonald House has served approximately 10,000 families since opening its doors in 1998. Our mission is to help children and their families by providing an atmosphere where families can rest, reflect, and find mutual support from other families facing similar struggles.
This home-away-from-home provides affordable, temporary housing to families who must travel to the Sacramento-area to receive medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured child at any of the area hospitals.

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake

The mission of Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is to provide confidence-building experiences and programs that are designed to encourage each camper’s individuality through the challenges of outdoor group living and teamwork in a supportive environment. An array of programs are offered and adapted to meet the individual needs of each camper. The staff includes experienced and well trained specialists in the fields of drama, arts and crafts, outdoor education, nutrition education, sports and waterfront activities.

PostHeaderIcon Spotting Modern Victory Gardens on Downtown Sacramento Food Tours!

There are so many advantages to taking walks in a city’s urban neighborhoods.  Seeing the changes in landscaping; the beauty of the summer plants and flowers, bird baths filled with fresh water for the singing birds and most of all new sprouts in GARDENS.  Front lawn gardens!  As a tour guide walking through the tree lined streets in Sacramento four times a week, I have been noticing GARDENS popping up in homeowners front landscapes of their homes.  Tomato and pepper plants, Swiss chard, beans….you name it,  I am seeing it transpire into a beautiful modern victory garden and it sings to my heart!  Communities are rallying together to overcome the higher food prices creeping up in the stores as well as the higher gas prices to travel to get the fresh produce.  Yes, we have wonderful farmer’s markets surrounding Sacramento’s beauty but there is nothing like growing your own.   It is such a sense of accomplishment for oneself to know they are taking a very old concept dating back into the WWI and WWII era with Victory Gardens and putting a modern spin on it.

A Grassroots Food Revolution – The Modern Victory Garden

Harkening to the self-sufficiency of previous generations who planted victory gardens in their front and back yards as a means to support their nation’s war efforts – today many are undertaking the challenge of declaring independence from corporate food systems, reducing reliance on fossil fuels to bring food to the table, and cultivating a more healthy and fulfilling life.  This grass roots revolution is occurring in today’s modern version of the victory garden.   The “war” is a revolution – and the battleground is right here on the home front.   It is all about taking back responsibility and control of our own food supply.   Whether it is a modest container of tomatoes on a patio deck or a full fledged self-sufficient garden – each effort represents one step towards freeing ourselves from the forces that would keep us dependent on a system of petroleum fueled and factory farmed food.   Growing more of our own food heightens the taste and nutrition of  meals, and along the way we experience the empowerment and fulfillment that comes from learning the basic skills of providing for our families and ourselves

Grow What You Eat – Eat What You Grow!

I think we are already moving toward that place. Urbanites are  showing us that fruit and vegetable gardens can be beautiful while making a statement. The lawn as landscape icon was a declaration that you didn’t have to farm anymore. Perhaps we can replace it with a front-yard veggie garden that declares the age of the lawn over. What a proclamation that would be for thrift, self-sufficiency, horticultural skill, concern for the environment and the world we pass on.

Prince Charles said the other day that “we have to put nature back at the heart of the equation.” I think we should put every gardener at the center of it, too.

PostHeaderIcon Raley’s Grape Escape Upcoming Foodie Event in SacTown

Local Roots Food Tours & Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts are teaming up June 4th as one of the 100 participants in Raley’s Grape Escape Celebration!

Now more than 200 award-winning California wines come to the cosmopolitan, urban setting of downtown Sacramento. Pair that with some of the region’s best local cuisine and you have an amazing culinary experience.

Tickets are on sale now……don’t be the last to plan an amazing evening of food, wine and fun!

When: Saturday, June 4, 2011, 4-7pm

Where: Cesar Chavez Plaza (Downtown Sacramento) Who: Over 100 regional Wineries & Restaurants

Tickets: $40.00 in advance online, $50.00 at the door

Save $5: When you buy your ticket at any Sacramento area

Raley’s or BelAir Store

Raley’s Wine Club: Sign up or log in to www.raleys.com to get an

exclusive guest pass permitting 1-hour early entry to the event.

Make a Night of it: www.RaleysGrapeEscape.com for special

Hotel & Restaurant deals.

Restrictions: Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.




PostHeaderIcon The Wisdom of the Radish

The Wisdom of the Radish: And Other Lessons Learned on a Small Farm tells the entertaining, enlightening (and often humorous) tale of our first year of farming vegetables in Sonoma County.  http://wisdomoftheradish.com

The inspiration for the book sprang from desire to share the nitty gritty details of what it’s actually like to try to grow and sell food for a living. We love reading great books like Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma and Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, but felt like there also needed to be a book out there that told the story of local food from the perspective of the people behind the farmers market stalls, and in particular the perspective of young, inexperienced farmers like ourselves–who will be the future of food in this country. And now that it’s all finished, if we may say so, the book is a great read for anyone who grows food or is interested in knowing where their food comes from–especially the farmers market shoppers among you.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to start farming? Not just as an experimental hobby or an idyllic-daydream, but as a down-to-earth lifestyle change where you put your economic future on the line? If you’re at all like Lynda Hopkins was just a few years ago, you’re a suburbanite who knows little, if anything, about growing produce or taking care of farm animals. Yet Lynda and her then boyfriend (now husband) did what many adventurous young couples have done in recent years — they started farming.

In The Wisdom of the Radish, Lynda shares stories from her first year as a newbie farmer. And let me tell you, it’s far from idyllic.

Her stories aren’t very romantic or glamorized, but they are thought-provoking and honest. Crop failures, unpredictable weather, and animal predators may seem like bad news, but thankfully those aren’t her only stories. A steep learning curve is aided a bit by the advent of the internet. Perhaps the most meaningful story woven throughout the book is her growing acceptance of what it means to belong to the farm — how tending to the plot of land and routinely caring for the animals roots her, grounds her, and transforms her sense of identity.

The greatest plus to this book? Lynda Hopkins’ storytelling. She’s gifted. Really gifted.

PostHeaderIcon Sacramento’s Cinco De Mayo Fun Events!

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo festivities in Sacramento this week?           Mark your calendars and join in the fun!

CINCO DE OL SACTO -  River City Saloon, OldTown

May 5th, 6pm-1:30am

Come celebrate Cinco De Mayo with the drinking establishments of Old Sacramento. Sacramento’s original entertainment district and place to be with over 15 places to dine and drink. Cinco De Ol Sacto will feature a Bar Hop from venue to venue in no particular order. All venues are in a easy hop radius of two blocks and each participating establishment will feature food, drink specials, entertainment, and good times! The Party starts after work and goes till closing time.

CINCO de MAYO @ TRES in Roseville

Thursday, May 5th: doors open at 12pm! Pull out your sombrero, put on your poncho & start growing your mustache because it is time to begin the COUNTDOWN TO CINCO DE MAYO!!!!

If you missed our celebration last year than you must have been in hibernation because we successfully threw the biggest and craziest Cinco party in the Sacramento area!

DJs, Live Bands (Element of Soul & Private Criminals), Folklorico Dancers, Cigar-rolling, photo booths….to mention just a FEW of the things we have in store for you this year! We are going BIG! Soooooo big in fact- we are bringing in a huge tent to make the party even crazier than last year!

O’ Drinko de Mayo -  de Vere’s Irish Pub

Thursday May 5th      1521 L Street,  916-231-9947      3:00pm – 1:30am

Every year de Vere’s celebrate the San Patricio’s, a band of Irish men that bravely fought along side Mexican Soldiers during the Mexican American War. These men were later caught and tried for deserting the American army, for which they paid the ultimate sacrifice and were publicly hanged. In honor of this sacrifice de Vere’s host a party every Cinco de Mayo for the St. Patrick’s Battalion.

Join until the beer is gone for $2 Coronas, $2 Tacos, $3 Milagro tequila shots, and $4 Margaritas!

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta -  Centro Cocina Mexican Restaurant

Thursday May 5th; 11:30am to 2am 2730 J St.   (916) 442-2552

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at one of Sacramento’s most popular Mexican restaurants, Centro Cocina Mexicana! They will be opening a special back patio for the occasion, so join for a day (and night!) of fun, food, and drinks.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Zocalo’s

Thursday, May 5th  5pm -10pm; 1801 Capitol Ave.   (916) 441-0303

Looking for something to do in Sacramento on Cinco De Mayo? Look no further. Zocalo has everything you need for an authentic celebration! Come early and stay late, enjoy live mariachis music, ballet folklorico, street tacos, and much more! Enjoy tequila shots & $2 tacos.

Celebrate 5 De Mayo – Ernesto’s Thursday May 5th, 11:00am – 10:00pm

Come join us for the Best Margaritas, Mexican Authentic recipes, great service, family friendly atmosphere, live mariachi music, food and drink specials all day.

PostHeaderIcon Festival de los Moles in Sacramento!!

In honor of its ribbon cutting Mayahuel will host its first annual Festival de los Moles at 7PM, where patrons will have an opportunity to learn about the delicate process of making mole from different parts of México by Mayahuel’s own, Chef Ramiro Alarcón, and taste them all. Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance at Mayahuel.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!!!
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

…Cocktails: 6:30pm
Dinner: 7:00pm
Tickets: $25.00

LIST OF MOLES:
Mole Poblano
Originally from the state of Puebla – Pollo
The traditional and authentic flavors of México using 32 ingredients.

Mole de Queso
Originally from the state of Puebla – Queso
A contemporary and vegetarian Oaxaca cheese mole that is a healthy alternative.

Mole de Tamarindo
Originally from the state of Oaxaca – Pollo
A very common mole to México with a principal ingredient of tamarindo along 20 other spices.

Mole de Fríjol
Originally from the state of Oaxaca – Puerco
Another contemporary creation of 3 chiles along with milk and yogurt.

Clemole de Pescado
Originally from the state of Hidalgo- Pescado
A mole verde combination using tamarindo and epazote.

Pipían Rojo
Originally from the state of Puebla – Pollo
Another creation that’s part of the mole family using the guajillo chile and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Pipían Blanco
Special creation by chef Ramiro Alarcon
Combination of three chiles with special seasoning.

All served with a selection of arroces: rojo, verde, negro, blanco, primavera

Other served moles: mole verde, mole negro, mole rojo, mole coloradito

PostHeaderIcon Calling all Foodies! Zinfest 2011 Around the Corner!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lodi Lake Park

Sip, swirl and savor from a selection of 250 handcrafted wines from 50 Lodi wineries. Passionate winemakers and winery representatives welcome guests, offering practical knowledge and sharing their delicious wines. Enjoy local provisions, learn some new tips at the ZinFest Wine and Cooking Schools, or relax along the beautiful Mokelumne River to an eclectic mix of live music. Guests can peruse merchandise from regional vendors and take home a commemorative bottle of custom blended Old Vine Zinfandel from the ZinFest Wine Shoppe. There is no better way to celebrate the fantastic wines of Lodi Wine Country! Tickets include a ZinFest wine glass, wine tasting, participation in seminars and entertainment. Festivities are held from 12 noon – 6 pm.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the gate.

Must be 21 years of age to attend. As a friendly reminder, even great wines should be enjoyed in moderation. Designated drivers are strongly encouraged. Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each.

ZinFest takes place at Lodi Lake Park, located at 1101-1301 W. Turner Road in Lodi, California. Click here for directions and parking information.

The Wine

Savor the bounty of the Lodi Appellation’s array of varietals- from Albarino to Zinfandel. With 250 Lodi wines to taste from, wine novices and aficionados are sure to find a new favorite!

The Food

Indulge in regional cuisine from the best of San Joaquin County’s gourmet food purveyors. A selection of items will be available for purchase from each vendor, reasonably priced under $10.

Entertainment

Lounge along the Mokelumne River or get up and groove to an assorted mix of live entertainment. Enjoy live bands, strolling entertainers and, our newest addition, the ZinFest Piano Bar – where you can purchase a glass of wine, request songs and sing along with familiar tunes!

Merchants

Browse from a collection of artisan merchants as they display one-of-a-kind merchandise. Take a piece of wine country home with you, whether it’s local olive oil or reclaimed wine barrel furniture.

ZinFest Cooking School

From regional celebrity chefs to local, award winning culinary experts, ZinFest takes great pride in creating fun and informative cooking classes for event guests. One winery is featured in each class, partnering winemaker with chef, for an engaging tasting and educational experience.  Discover a new favorite dish and become the star of your next dinner party. The ZinFest Cooking School is open to all guests, with new demonstrations taking place each hour.

ZinFest Wine School

Trendsetters and legends unite in the ZinFest Wine School. Listen as local experts and guest speakers engage in topics from “Blending your own Zinfandel,” to what cheese pairs perfectly with Lodi wines, and much more… Sip, savor and swirl your way through the afternoon. The ZinFest Wine School is open to all guests with new demonstrations taking place each hour.

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