The Taj – photo – Karen Anderson
I’ve been fascinated with India and Indian cooking for a very long time. My mentor Noorbanu Nimji and I published A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen in December of 2015 but we’ve done tours and taught Indian cooking together in Calgary since about 2007. In 2011, because I am also founder and owner of Alberta Food Tours, Inc., I was asked to lead tours to India and have been happily doing so since 2012 thanks to my partnership with Indus Travels.
My 2017 trip has been sold out for some time so I’m happy to announce my plans for India 2018. Click on the link for the full itinerary. The synopsis follows along with some photos from past trips to whet your appetite. Continue reading
Talking about Alberta’s signature foods – bison, beef, honey, Red Fife Wheat, canola, Saskatoon berries and root vegetables – is a great way to start any day for me.
Here I am on Global TV Calgary doing just that.
Watch the segment, get a super easy recipe for an Alberta Grizzly Gold appetizer and come on out and join one of the 15 talented food tour guides that lead our Alberta Food Tours in Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton during our 2017 season. It’s a great way to savour it all – Alberta-style.
Here’s a great video Shaw’s Go TV put together on my food tour company’s expansion. Alberta Food Tours Inc. has three divisions now in Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton.
Calgary Food Tours has six different tours every week until November when we’ll go to three indoor tours weekly.
Canmore Food Tours is up and running every Saturday 11 – 3 p.m.
I’m just back from a few days in Edmonton and am pleased to say we’ve signed on some wonderful partners there and will have that website up and running very soon.
Thanks to the generousity of our Alberta BoostR campaign contributors we raised a record-setting $22,105.00 to help fund our expansion. We have 12 staff now and as always, we’re bursting with Alberta’s best food, fun and adventure. Come on out and join us sometime. Food Tours are a great way to savour it all.
Last October I had the chance to attend the first ever Global Food Tourism Conference in Chicago. My mentor Shane Kost of Food Tour Pros, and my good friend Jeremy Mitchell, CEO of EZTix, were the masterminds behind this gathering and like everything they do, it was first class and leading edge.
They were kind enough to include me in the video above and I shared that the conference taught me how to build the infrastructure I need to expand my business.
That was last October. I was serious.
We’ve changed our name to Alberta Food Tours Inc and will start year round tours in Calgary and expand to Canmore and Edmonton, Alberta this year.Check out the pre-sales of tours and the community building I’m doing for this initiative here.
Food tourism is good for Alberta’s economy because it creates jobs in our the food, tourism, agriculture and hospitality industries. It creates value for food in our culture and it garners attention for Alberta as a food destination.
The next Global Food Tourism Conference will be October 24 – 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. This year I’ll be there with my team!
It’s a pleasure to share news of this global food tourism offering with my fellow food lovers. My company Calgary Food Tours is a member of Food Tour Pros which is a certification program with over 190 members in 20 countries. I’ve joined with 22 of my colleagues to offer this fun and very brief sale on our collective offerings.
For clickable links that will take you directly to the websites of this list of World’s Best Food Tours please visit here. You’ll find the index of all the tours and the promo code for 20% off in that Cowtown to Chowtown blog post. Sale ends May 7. Continue reading
Food tours coming to Edmonton. Here’s the article from The Edmonton Examiner Source: Food tour entrepreneur eyes Edmonton eateries
Thank you to my friend Catherine Van Brunschot for this post about my company Calgary Food Tours and our vision for the future as follows:
Those of you who follow my wanderings may remember that the amazing culinary adventure I took to India last November was ably and attentively helmed by Karen Anderson, founder/owner/operator of Cal…
Source: “Big Stage” Vision at Calgary Food Tours