(UPDATED 7/2/2020) Description and review of SacTown Bites Midtown Tour – a celebration of Midtown Sacramento food and art. NEW: See Farm to Fork in a Box below!
On the last day of my week-long visit with my daughter (and my staycation) I had something special planned! I had purchased two VIP tickets for the three-hour SacTown Bites Farm-to-Table Midtown Tour (SacTown Bites Midtown Tour), a walking tour around Midtown. Three alcoholic beverages are included in the price of the VIP tickets.
SacTown Bites is a fairly new woman-owned business that started operation in the second half of 2019.
SacTown Bites had sent an e-mail a few days in advance of the tour with helpful information that included options on where to park. I planned to park in a parking lot near the end point of the tour, but we left a bit early in case Plan B was necessary. Midtown parking can often be a challenge, and it never hurts to allow some extra time.
My #1 parking lot choice was full, but as we proceeded to exit the lot on our way to my #2 choice lo-and-behold there was a metered 2+ hour parking spot that had just become available! Needless to say I was delighted.
From there the two of us strolled through Midtown on our way to Fremont Park. The day was sunny but at the same time chilly. We were, however, very comfortable as we had dressed appropriately.
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We met Heather, our tour guide and owner of SacTown Bites, at Fremont Park at the appointed time. Two young women, who had recently moved to Sacramento, joined us. We were a small, but very congenial group.
Note: From start to finish the walk is about 1.4 miles, but the distance could increase depending on where one parks.
As we walked from one stop to the next we took time to view and learn about a variety of Midtown Sacramento points-of-interest including various murals (Wide Open Walls), utility boxes (Capitol Box Art Project) and the “stars” of notable Sacramentans (Walk of Stars).
Our first stop was at Magpie Café, located across the street from Fremont Park.
There we were served a Seasonal Vegetable & Chickpea Hummus Bowl (chickpea hummus, herb salad, seasonal vegetables, toast) with Seka Hills Arbequina Olive Oil.
Heather shared information about Magpie Café, Seka Hills Olive Oil, and the Farm-to-Fork/Slow Food movements in Sacramento while we dug in. The composition of the dish was both visually appealing and a taste treat.
While at Magpie Café my daughter was pleased to have a chance to say “hi” to chef and co-owner Ed Roehr with whom she had attended school here in Sacramento.
Our second stop was at The Porch where we were served a Pignay (Andouille sausage wrapped in Beignet, deep fried, topped with powdered sugar and served with bacon and fig syrup). It was delicious!
While the four of us sipped our adult beverages of choice and enjoyed our Pignay, Heather provided us with some background information on The Porch and additional information on Midtown.
See related blog post: The Porch
Our third stop was at Lucca Restaurant & Bar. As Heather shared information about the restaurant and Lucky Dog Ranch, the four of us enjoyed another adult beverage and a Lucky Dog Ranch beef meatball with creamy polenta, and basil marinara dusted with Parmesan cheese. It was very tasty indeed.
See related blog post: Lucca Restaurant & Bar
Ginger Elizabeth’s Chocolates
We were all looking forward to our fourth stop – Ginger Elizabeth’s Chocolates! As the shop is small and it was crowded, the four of us waited outside while Heather went inside. It was not long before she returned with our sweet treat – ¼ of a Parisian Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich (with salty caramel ice cream, caramel sauce swirl). Needless to say – it was delish!
Heather also returned with four Wildflower Honey Yogurt Bon Bon’s – a treat we were given at tour end.
Our fifth and last stop was Alaro Brewery. Here we had a chance to chat with one of the owners and we enjoyed our third and last adult beverage. Alaro’s offering was a large whole prawn served in a tasty broth.
It was the end of our adventure and we sat and chatted for a bit before we went our separate ways.
My daughter and I agreed – it had been a most enjoyable and fun way to spend an afternoon!
See related blog post: Alaro Craft Brewery – Brewery & Restaurant
Also see related blog post: 2020 Restaurant Review Recap
Farm to Fork in a Box
(7/2/2020) The COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be a game-changer for many small businesses. SacTown Bites, a new food tour adventures business that started operations in the latter part of 2019, was forced to (temporarily) cease operations.
What does one do under the circumstances? Heather, the owner/operator of SacTown Bites, pivoted. SacTown Bites is now offering “…monthly boxes featuring artisan, small-batch, handcrafted products from local farmers, chefs and makers”.
Check out SacTown Bites (see link below) to find out what goodies are being offered this month!
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