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“Walking Food Tour”

The Well Traveled Fork
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Well Traveled Fork offers insightful culinary tours and cooking classes in the Central Oregon area. You can meet the farmers and ranchers that grow the food that you put on your table. The growers will show you their fields and pastures, the places that make their products so unique that you will begin to understand and appreciate what fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable food is all about!Our cooking classes are the best! Chef Bette teaches children as well as the experienced cook new things to do in the kitchen. From Wood Fired Cuisine in her pizza oven paired with Bend' famous beers to French pastry or children's classes, a day in the kitchen with Chef Bette is a memorable event.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 26, 2012

My five friends and I took the inaugural Well Traveled Fork Walking Food Tour and loved it. We visited 9 different food establishments in about 3 hours and walked a couple of miles. We sampled coffee, cupcakes, and beer to mention a few. We met with the owners of the establishments and learned about their committment to local products. Eliza was wonderful with lots of extra stories. Both locals and out-of-towners enjoyed the tour.

Thank sflanagan320
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ChefBette, Owner at The Well Traveled Fork, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2012

We are so glad you enjoyed our new walking tour. We love supporting our community and introducing locals and well as visitors to our booming food community. Thank you for the support!

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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Great way to spend the day learning about local farmers and their products and procedures. Even the teens, who grumbled at first being told they were going on a "culinary tour", liked it.

According to the website and our correspondence with the owner, we thought we'd be going with Chef Bette, but we were met with and picked up by her associate, Aliza, a very hardworking gal totally devoted to good, clean, local, happy food. She knows the area and the people on the Farm & Ranch Tour extremely well.

1st stop: DD Ranch, a family owned farm near Terrebonne. Spent over an hour there walking around the farm meeting the animals, picking eggs right out from underneath the chickens, touring the property, playing with their incredible herding dogs and talking about what it takes to raise animals and produce food without chemicals/antibiotics, etc. Amazing people. Were able to purchase some of their grass fed beef steaks right on site.

2nd stop: Crescent Moon Alpaca Ranch. Wow. THIS was fantastic. The property is pristine, and the owner a wonderful, amazingly calm and dedicated woman who showed us the various areas of the property where the alpacas are kept. We actually got to sit in a field and let the alpacas come to us. It was surreal. They surrounded us, sniffed our hair and our hands, and made us laugh with their fancy haircuts and antics. They're absolutely adorable animals. We got to pet a baby who had been born only that morning.

The gift store at the ranch is filled with beautiful alpaca fibre products. These animals are raised and sold as breeding stock; they are not sold for meat product in the States. SO glad we got to see this ranch.

3rd stop: Rainshadow Organics where we walked the property's rows of flowers, vegetables, herbs, greenhouses, etc. Good to know this food is free of chemicals and raised on sunshine, nutritious soil and clean air.

A very pleasant day overall and worth the $50 per head. Would've been great to have some cold water provided along the way from the tour company as it was well into the 80s and the day was long and tiring. The website states "Find out how great a tomato can taste when it's lovingly grown, or how spinach is really supposed to taste like." ...we didn't get to taste any food on this tour, but we did get to pick a bag full of vegetables at Rainshadow (which we paid for) and used later for our supper.

Aliza was great - very knowledgeable. Her dedication to the people and to good clean farming practises is evident.

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Reviewed July 13, 2012

This was a five star tour. What annoyed me and cost them a star was the bait and switch. The website is all about a tour with a chef with years of experience. "Tour with Chef Bette" touts the website. Well we never met the chef...when I raised this after the fact the illusory owner Chef Bette she did admit she should maybe update the website. Aliza was fantastic and I wish I could give her the five stars that her boss does not deserve.

We visited an alpaca farm, a mixed farm with grass fed and finished beef and we picked our own eggs for breakfast, this w followed up with a tour of an ingenious local farm growing all organic veggies....fantastic. We will be talking Barbour the alpaca experience forever.

Be clear, the chef says she is too busy to accompany you...I hope she finds the time to correct the website.

Thank Aroundth
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ChefBette, Owner at The Well Traveled Fork, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2012

All of our culinary tours are led by one of our experienced tour guides. Unfortunately, this guest felt he missed out on his time with me. However, the review above "A Fun Food Education" was written by his wife on the same tour and she and the rest of the family had an outstanding time with Aliza. The tours are meant to educate our guests about the culinary scene and introduce them to the various farms and ranches that are growing organic food in the harsh climate of Central Oregon.

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

We had a lovely time touring various shops, bakery, wine store, and brewery with Aliza. She was incredibly informed and enthusastic about Bend. Baked in Bend (bakery) and Boneyard beer should be on everyones tour of Bend. Next time we are in Bend we will be taking the Well Traveled Forks Farm tour.

Thank Champsmomanddad
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

We had an absolutely wonderful evening with Chef Bette at her house learning how to better utilize fresh herbs in our cooking. My wife doesn't cook at all and just had the time of her life! We were impressed with the way she got everyone involved in every aspect of the dishes we learned. We had the best time sitting out on the patio eating the wonderful meal we all had prepared together as a team The other people who attended were so nice and we enjoyed making some new friends. Huge kuddos to Bette! Thank you for making our trip to Bend so memorable! We will be back again soon for another class. Bless you!

Thank Hawgslayer
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