Califonia Bountiful

Sacramento tour highlights local farm-fresh ingredients

Passion for food and agriculture inspires business

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Lisa Armstrong started Local Roots Food Tours of Sacramento in 2010 because of her passion for food and where it comes from. When she was looking for a company to start, she knew it had to revolve around food because, as she says, "I love every aspect of food. Food touches on all five senses, and we wanted others to experience that, too."

Each tour group visits several different tasting locations during a themed, four-hour tour. Guests experience a blend of history and culture along the tour route, as well.

"We hope people get to see California's capital city in a whole new light," Lisa said. "They'll definitely get a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurants that they won't see anywhere else."

By touring the city on foot, guests will uncover these "hidden gem" restaurants and establishments that make Sacramento's culinary scene a regional treasure. Guests walk from restaurant to restaurant, gobbling up food tips, restaurant ideas and historical tidbits about Sacramento from their tour guide.

Lisa said that Local Roots Food Tours works closely with local farms, vineyards, orchards and businesses that promote farm-to-table food in their restaurants, and supports other local businesses, too.

Sacramento was recently named America's Farm-to-Fork Capital, and Lisa hopes that her culinary adventure will have people looking at the River City in a whole new way.

"People will be able to taste farm-fresh ingredients that inspire local chefs, and learn about local farms and their role in supplying the farm-to-table restaurants," she said. "Sacramento is home to great food, great farms and great restaurants, and I want people to finally realize that."

For more information, visit Local Roots Food Tours.

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