About Us

Have a story you want to share?  Want to donate or share your recipes, menu's, restaurant collectibles or even old kitchen gadgets? Email us at: wearewhereweeat@me.com or call Maryellen Burns or Elaine Corn at 916-768-6077. 

Our Story

When Californians think of food, it’s inevitable that what comes to mind are the restaurant scenes in LA or San Francisco, or wine in Napa and Sonoma Counties. But, Sacramento began it all, from Sutter’s rough fort kitchen to food brought here by the Chinese during the Gold Rush. It’s time for a spotlight to shine on the area that became California’s global food basket in new and refreshing ways.

We Are Where We Eat takes a look at Sacramento’s foodscape through the stories of people who grow, distribute, cook and serve the food we eat.

Over the last year a team of journalists, geographers and historians chronicled Sacramento’s home cooks, shopkeepers, agricultural leaders, food experts, growers, barkeeps and more.

We discovered Sacramento is where the square milk bottle was invented to better fit the milkman's metal carrier. Caviar was one of our first "crops." Sacramento is built on hops fields that made the beer that was sold in our first saloons. The stories we tell about food reveal who we are, where we come from and what matters to us.

More than 40 stories have been gathered and available for listening in the Sacramento Room of the Central Library, 828 I Street.  A dozen or more were broadcast on Capital Public Radio.  A monthly series of podcasts will be broadcast starting April first, at discoverwhereweeat.com.

You’ll hear stories about Woofer’s, international travelers who get their hands into the soil of an organic farm in Galt. Find recipes from Guisti’s, the oldest continually operating restaurant in the county.  Gather insight into school lunch programs and the farm-to-fork movement.  And, discover some of our region's agricultural history -- even some ribald stories from a barkeep, or two.

Sam's Hof Brau was the site of many jazzy nights.
Watercolor from our favorite illustrator and designer
Bob Miller who has graciously allowed us to use his images on our site.
 We still have stories to capture – yours among them.

Our grant from Cal Humanities ends on June 30, 2013. But this is just the beginning of our search for stories. 

Join our team – Maryellen Burns, Elaine Corn, Isaac Gonzalez, Stephanie Giorgeff, Lawrence Fox, Keith Burns and the Sacramento Public Library -- as we continue uncovering Sacramento’s storied food past.

Send us your stories and recipes, and copies of old photographs, family scrapbooks and bits of this and that you've collected about food, wine, or agriculture around the Sacramento region. Host a StoryStation program in your local library, historical society, or community association. 

Donate what you can to see the program continue.  Call us at 916-768-6077 or email wearewhereweeat@me.com.

We Are Where We Eat was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Sacramento Public Library.  Our sponsors include: Capital Public Radio, Sacramento River Delta Historical Society, Sacramento County Historical Society, and California Ag in the Classroom.

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