Archive for the ‘Tours’ Category

Cowtown BBQ and Brewery Tour

Thursday, November 4th, 2010















On Saturday, October 23 Food Roots led a group of BBQ lovers on a tasting tour to three select Fort Worth BBQ joints and a brewery of hand crafted artisanal beer.  We had a chance to sample the best of the BBQ and learn what makes Texas BBQ unique.  We also got a first-hand look at how a local brew master is making premium beer in Fort Worth.  This tour was all about tasting, comparing and learning about Texas BBQ.  Education is a big part of what we do at Food Roots, so for this tour we enlisted the help of our own on-board expert and BBQ guide, Daniel Vaughn, author of the Full Custom Gospel BBQ, a blog dedicated to all things Texas BBQ.  Daniel picked three of his favorite BBQ restaurants in Fort Worth for our tour.  No chain places for this group.  Each one is locally owned an operated with meat smoking on site and its own special reason for being.  If one place looks like a Dairy Queen, well, it used to be.  But the smoke stack in the back means they now serve up tender smoky ribs and chicken.  Smoked hamburger made from brisket meat?  Yes, we found some.  At each of our stops we sampled the house specialties and talked to the owners and pit masters about how they make their BBQ.  It was a dark and stormy day (it really was) but the rain held off until we finished our tour with a happy hour visit to Rahr & Sons Brewing Company.  It was raining outside but inside the brewery it was warm and happy.  Rahr & Sons has been brewing hand crafted beer in Fort Worth since 2004 and their beer is widely available in Fort Worth.  We joined the weekly open house for few glasses of beer and a discussion of the brewery process by owner Fritz Rahr.  Our group had a great time and learned a lot, and everyone agreed that throughout the day they gained a greater appreciation for the hard-working folks who make great Texas BBQ.

A PEEP AT THE COOPS - a Dallas urban chicken coop tour

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010















Take a peek (or a peep) in some east Dallas backyards and you might find chickens.  Yes, chickens in Dallas.  The city of Dallas actually has some rather liberal rules when it comes to keeping backyard chickens.  This is not true of many neighboring cities.  And, the chickens are thriving.  On Sunday, April 18 eleven east Dallas homes will open their backyards for a free self-guided tour from 11 am to 5 pm.  You can look as much or as little as you like.  Learn about backyard chickens and meet and talk to the owners.  You can find all of the information on the apeepatthecoops blog.  Brochures with addresses to the coop sites will also be available at Walton’s Lawn and Garden Center , Green Spot Market and Fuel, the Lakewood Whole Foods and the East Lake Veterinary Hospital.  Remember, the tour is Free.  Just show up.  Not in Dallas?  Austin just had a coop tour in early April.  Check out the Austin funkychickencooptour site.  It has lots of information and a list of coop tours all over the U.S.

The Urban Cow Tour - Saturday May 1, 2010

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


Hey Luckly Layla yogurt fans!  If you are going to be in Dallas on Saturday May 1, here is your chance to visit the makers of Lucky Layla,  Lavon Farms and the Lucky Layla creamery.  Join us at the Dallas Central Market Cooking School for the Food Roots Urban Cow Tour.  We will visit the Plano diary farm that supplies all of the milk for Lucky Layla and then go to the creamery in Garland to learn how they turn the milk into their delicious cheese and drinkable yogurt.  We end the tour with a one hour class at Central Market where we will sample and discuss Texas cheese.  Not familiar with Luckly Layla?  Come find out what you have been missing and learn about some unique locally made Texas dairy products.  This tour is sponsored by the Dallas Central Market Cooking School and Food Roots.  We have more details here.  Register today at the Central Market Cooking School.  Space is limited.

Greer Farm - Daingerfield Texas

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Texas Blueberries at Greer Farm

Texas Blueberries at Greer Farm

Located near Daingerfield, Texas, Greer Farm is a land of lush pastures and mixed pine and hardwood forests nestled in the slow moving world of Northeast Texas. The Greers raise hay, figs, plums and berries, pine timber and full-blood red and white Maine-Anjou cattle. Their cattle eat only fresh grass and forages and hay. The large pick-your-own berry patch features rows of beautiful blueberry and blackberry plantings.

The Greers are pioneers of Texas agritourismo. Agritourismo started in Italy in the 1980s. Farms become tourist destinations where guests can immerse themselves in local farm culture and way of life. Agritourismo is an emerging idea for Texas but an important one that allows casual visitors to experience the unique, varied and vastly rich Texas farm and ranch culture. The Greers share the fruits of their labor by opening their farm to guests. Day guests can pick berries, tour the farm and buy farmstead produce. Overnight guests can rent one of the log cabins fronting their private lake.

The farm was established in the mid 1800s and still has many original buildings. Since owning the farm, the Greers have preserved many historic features while creating a modern working farm. Through hard work, good stewardship and a clear vision the Greers have created a working farm that is an inviting and relaxing place to visit.