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Local foodie tour in Calaveras County

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POSTED March 31, 2012 12:32 a.m.

ANGELS CAMP - Beginning Friday, April 6, visitors will have a new way to experience Gold Country’s emerging food and wine scene when Sacramento-based Local Roots Food Tours start to offer weekly tours in the historic town of Murphys located in Calaveras County.

Murphys’ Local Roots Food Tour will focus on restaurants, wineries and businesses that are sourcing local and sustainable foods, providing a glimpse into the area’s history, and/or highlighting local families. The tour will cover 1.5 miles on foot, last approximately three hours and make up to nine stops where visitors will be able to sample gourmet foods, sip on award-winning wines and have intimate conversations with the owners and chefs of each establishment.

According to Shelby French, Murphys’ Local Roots Food Tour Coordinator and Guide, a typical tour might visit the area’s premier restaurant Mineral, where they’ll sample one of Chef Steve Rinauro’s off-the-wall vegetarian creations and have a discussion about his philosophies on food. Moving on, the tour might stop at the local bakery Aria for a to-go box of goodies, swing by The Spice Tin for a sample of its top-secret, locally produced and blended Tri-tip rub, wander through Murphys Historic Hotel to hear about its famous guests of the past, and end the day with a wine and food pairing at Newsome-Harlow Wines and The Kitchen.

“I’m so impressed by the food culture - small artisans, top chefs, farmer and ranchers - happening in the area right now,” said French, who also heads up the Angels Camp Farmer’s Market. “It’s a Mecca for great food and wine with a small town vibe.”

Tour tickets are $65 per person. For more information or to reserve a spot on an upcoming Local Roots Food Tour in Murphys visit: To plan a trip to Calaveras County visit:


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