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Meet Bethia Woolf of Columbus Food Adventures

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bethia Woolf.  

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Columbus Food Adventures was started by Bethia Woolf & Andy Dehus, and our involvement in Central Ohio’s food scene began in 2009 with two websites we started – tacotruckscolumbus.com and alteatscolumbus.com – that explored and described the explosive growth of new immigrant kitchens (both mobile and brick & mortar). Through the audience we gained from those sites, we developed food-centered fundraising events that benefitted organizations that support these food providers. The popularity of these events led us to debut Columbus Food Adventures – Ohio’s first food tour company – in July of 2010. 

As for how we got to where we are today – I suppose it has something to do with a lot of hard work, a little luck, and the good fortune to have started our business in such a supportive community. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Our growth in the early years far exceeded our expectations and continued without much difficulty until, oh… somewhere around March of 2020. In short order, restaurants closed their dining rooms, and we were essentially put out of business, at least as far as operating tours was concerned. 

We recognized that we still had a strong social media following and that many of our partner restaurants were still open for takeout. This led us to develop something we call ‘Trust Fall’. The idea was simple – we’d deliver a hot meal for two people to your door (anywhere within 270) for $50. The twist was that we got to pick the menu… and we made it clear that we were selecting meals primarily from restaurants run by immigrants serving international cuisines. 

We knew that this would be a niche service aimed primarily at adventurous eaters, and were gratified to find that our customers supported it to the extent that we’ve delivered over 7000 meals for two in the past two years. 

As you know, we’re big fans of Columbus Food Adventures. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We are Ohio’s first and Central Ohio’s only food tour operator. We run walking food tours, van-based food tours, and adult beverage tours. All of our food tours stop at somewhere between 4 and 7 distinct food stops, we sample delicious foods at each of them, and provide enough food on a tour to replace a meal. 

We’re proud of our covid-era pivot (see the answer to the last question) and proud of our social media presence – not so much for the presentation itself, but for how we endeavor to use it to share what’s new and great in the food scene in Central Ohio. 

Though we were among the first to start a food tour company in the US, we pride ourselves on the quality of our tours as reflected by the quality of our guides, the quality of our restaurant tour stops, and the benefit to our restaurant partners. We would strongly encourage anyone looking to know more about us to hear it from our customers through the many nice reviews we’ve received on TripAdvisor (over 1400) or Google (120+). 

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