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PostHeaderIcon Top 10 Autumn & Winter Food Trends

 

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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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!

 

PostHeaderIcon Local Sacramento Touring Company Showcases Mecca of Food

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

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PostHeaderIcon Bull’s Blood Making It On To Sacramento Menus!

bullsbloodmicrogreensimageMicrogreens . . . take them or leaf them!

It is only natural that California would pioneer the latest microgreen trend in the food world.  These flavorful Lilliputian members of the greens community have been appearing with increasing frequency on today’s restaurant menus.  They are appearing in upscale markets and restaurants and locally command a luxury item price of up to $3 to $5 per ounce. Many chefs in the Sacramento restaurant scene are now incorporating microgreens into a variety of dishes.  One common microgreen that is being found on local menus in California restaurants is Bulls Blood.  Read that twice when you see it on a menu and wonder to yourself;  “really?”.   Do you take it literally or have you already been exposed to one of the newest local farm trends to hit many restaurants menus?

Bulls Blood is a popular microgreen that stems from the 1840’s bulls blood beet. Bull’s blood leaves have been used in folk medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments. This Microgreen’s beet-like flavor and vivid red color enhances mixed green salads but also finding its way on top of raw meats, seafood and pork belly sandwiches!
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PostHeaderIcon 5 New Reasons to Wine & Dine in Sacramento!

5 New Restaurants Arriving in Sacramento! by Bethany Woy
Sacramento Restaurant Tour (credit: Thinkstock)Due to the precarious economy many local restaurants here in Sacramento have been forced to close their doors. Being someone that enjoys dining out, it can be disheartening to walk around midtown and see all of the empty storefronts and abandoned spaces. This article is dedicated to the new (yay!) restaurants opening in the next year! All I know is- I cannot wait to see the creativity, passion and vision each of restaurants will have. Enjoy and Bon Appetite!

Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company
1630 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
With the closure of Hangar 17 in March of last year, the Quonset hut located on S and 17th has been sitting empty. The once popular Bar and Grill closed suddenly after owners were unable to come up with money for unresolved tax issues. Neighbors and locals alike were saddened by the shutting of the doors and have waited patiently for any news of a new local business.
With the wild popularity of neighborhood bar Golden Bear on 23rd and K, which has flourished for over 7 years, owner Kimio Bazett has decided and announced the opening of his new venture: The Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company. The name itself pays homage to a historic volunteer fire department in Sacramento (we love anything that connects local history and good food!)

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PostHeaderIcon 6 Family Value Meals in Sacramento

by Local Roots Food Tours Guide: Bethany Heckman
Family Value Meal imageSometimes, after a long day of work (or watching after the kids), shopping, driving in traffic, baking for the 15th holiday party to attend, and a load of laundry, the last thing you want to do is cook a dinner. Money can’t be tight these days (we are in a recession people!) but I’ve compiled a list of restaurants where not only do you get a value meal, but these places are very kid friendly! What’s better than eating delicious food and getting the bang for your buck!

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PostHeaderIcon Sacramento’s Sweet Nothings Dessert Tour

So you say you have a sweet tooth but don’t know how to appease the cravings you have for delectable desserts?  Local Roots Food tours is going to take you on a virtual dessert tour through some of Sacramento’s hot dessert spots….maybe even a little hidden gem or two.  Kick up your feet with your cup of Joe and let’s get salivating, shall we?  By Bethany Heckman – Tour Guide of Local Roots Food Tours

Our walking food tours take ticket holders through a food adventure 5 days a week.  We are treated to some amazing food along our tour route.  Our motto on our tours is simple:  Eat, Walk and Talk.  But how about INDULGE?  We love it when our food tour pastry chefs sugar us up!  We have found some amazing dessert stops that kick up our toes and hit our sweet tooth in just the right way.  Shall I go on? Here’s a sneak peak of what is behind the sweet nothing curtain in Sacramento’s dessert dining scene:

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PostHeaderIcon Enjoy Sacramento’s Turkey Day Buffets! Leave your apron at home!

If you aren’t in the mood to tackle defrosting a 19 pound turkey and can’t think of making another dish of stuffing, then maybe dining out for the holiday is a better idea. I’ve put together a list of some of the restaurants that are serving Thanksgiving dinners. Take a look at some of the dishes online and you may just change your mind on hosting the holiday this year! Another plus: NO DISHES!   Remember: many of these restaurants REQUIRE a reservation. Don’t forget to book early!   – Blog post written by Bethany Heckman

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PostHeaderIcon Origins of Sacramento Food Tour Launches!

City of Trees Tour Group imageVOTED #1 in Sacramento Tours!
Previous participant stated;   “WOW! A culinary delight mixed with a historical overview that would make a Hollywood screenwriter proud.”

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.

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PostHeaderIcon Grind It Up! Sac’s Fresh Ground Hamburger Hideouts

Get Your Freshly Ground Hamburgers Here!

Local Roots Food Tours Guide Bethany Heckman goes Behind the Hamburger Scene

There is nothing more American than a burger and fries. But who wants meat that has been frozen for 6 months and floppy produce to top their hamburger? Not this girl. I took it upon myself to delve into Sacramento’s restaurants and research places that boast using FRESH ground meat and FRESH delicious fixin’s. Bon Appetit!

Nationwide Freezer Meats
1930 H St
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-3286
www.nationwidefreezermeats.com/


Serving fresh ground steak burgers since 1969, Nationwide is a Sacramento staple. Nationwide boasts about their quality of meat used in each hamburger- Harris Ranch steak that is freshly ground to order. Each patty weighs 1/3lb. Tasting the French Ground Steak burger you understand why they take pride in their burgers. The fresh beef flavor shines through right after your first bite. Each patty is cooked to the perfect temperature, making sure it doesn’t dry out on the grill.  The fresh baked French roll bun is served on is light and airy and fabulous. The vegetables used to top the burger are fresh and crisp: red onion, tomato, lettuce and crunchy dill pickles. (for a little extra I always add the grilled onions and mushrooms) The special sauce is to die for. I always ask for more because it doesn’t take away from the taste of the fresh meat, it only enhances it.  Don’t forget to add a side of their house made fresh steak fries!!
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I spent a few hours in my own hometown of Nevada City having a great foodie experience, learning about our local history, and even getting a bit of exercise. I was able to try some restaurants I hadn't yet visited and even walked away with a little more knowledge about Nevada City. The tour went a little over the 3 hours but it felt like it had just started when it was time to go. Eric is very knowledgeable about the area and has worked with local business owners who educated and shared with us their passion for food/coffee/wine. Be sure to bring a camera and comfortable walking shoes as Eric leads you through town, pointing out historical architecture and sharing the history of the area. I highly recommend the Nevada City tour and I plan on signing up for the Sacramento tours. I can't think of a better way to discover new places!
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