Ready to work up an appetite? Then lace up those sneakers for a Sacramento region food tour! By foot or by bike, these culinary adventures will definitely leave you hungry for more.
- Grange: Follow the Chef: Each spring, foodies can catch a glimpse of how a local farm-to-fork chef selects his ingredients, and then taste the results. Tour participants travel to downtown Sacramentos Cesar Chavez Farmers Market to talk about seasonal products with Chef Oliver Ridgeway from Grange restaurant. The tour ends with a Grange lunch made from the same ingredients. Tours are led each Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each spring and summer – call (916) 492-4450 for reservations and event dates.
- Local Roots Food Tours: Serious foodies wont be disappointed by these walking tours of Sacramento eateries, with a focus on farm to fork. The half-day tours are available weekly and vary based upon the route, and youre sure to be rewarded for your steps with an unforgettable meal or two.
- Off the Chain Bike Bus Tours: Hit the wine bars, sip mimosas, enjoy a progressive dinner and more with 15 of your closest friends aboard the Off the Chain bike bus, offering tours through Sacramento eateries.
- Sac Brew Bike: Experience Sacramento's best brew and bite stops by navigating the city on a 15 passenger, pedal powered, party cycle.
What’s better than sampling some Farm-to-Fork delights in a local restaurant? How about learning to create a meal yourself? The Sacramento region offers a wide range of chefs’ demonstrations and cooking classes, ranging from Japanese food to craft cocktails. Included below is a sampling of offerings guaranteed to pique any budding chef’s interest.
- GOOD EATS Cooking Classes: Learn to whip up your own farmers market creations with well-known local chef and instructor Paulette Bruce during her Saturday cooking classes in Sacramento. Find a course to fit your schedule at www.goodeatscookingclasses.com or [email protected].
- Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.: Forks aren’t seeing all of the action in the Sacramento region — visitors can experience farm to glass with craft cocktail classes at Hook & Ladder. Aspiring bartenders can get tips from the restaurant’s mixologists and, of course, sip the fruits of their labor. Reservations are available for small groups by calling 916-596-1952.
- Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op: Food lovers can try their hand at making everything from udon noodles to Indian street food at this Sacramento institution’s cooking school. Classes are also available for kids and teens. Course schedules vary by week, and pre-registration is required. Visit www.sacfoodcoop.com for more information.
- Sushiology, Mikuni: Learn about the art of sushi-making at one of Mikuni’s popular Sacramento-region locations. Students receive a sushi kit to take home and will hone their skills while sampling appetizers, beer and sake. Class dates are ongoing; see mikunisushi.com/events for details.
- Taylor’s Market: Learn the basics of butchering at one of the Sacramento region’s best-known marketplaces from Taylor’s Market owner Danny Johnson. Students will try their hand at working with pork, followed by a delicious lunch.