As a former Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, Karen Anderson wanted to connect people with healthy sources of food as food-related illnesses had become the leading cause of death. Unable to change that within the health care system, she left to forge a new approach.
Karen began a second career as a food journalist and gradually built a community of people and businesses to share healthful food during food tour experiences. In 2006, she formed Alberta Food Tours, Inc and now operates in Calgary, Banff, Canmore and Edmonton. Alberta Food Tours employs over 20 people, partners with over 85 Alberta businesses and supports many regenerative farmers throughout the province.
Karen’s philosophy is, “When you eat, engage and explore with Alberta Food Tours, you support farmers who create healthy soil and food, you keep our food businesses thriving and you create rewarding jobs for our team. Soil, food and people – that’s what we are all about.”
Alberta Food Tours are continuously rated five stars by their guests on Trip Advisor. Their Inglewood Edibles tour in Calgary was recently designated a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada and they have been featured in The New York Times, Vogue and Forbes as well as fabulous Alberta publications like The Tomato, City Palate and Avenue magazine.
As a food journalist Karen has written for radio, television, print and new media including CBC Radio, PBS-TV, Apple Magazine, City Palate, Avenue and WestJet magazines. She is an IPPY and Taste Canada award-winning cookbook author for A Spicy Touch – Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen with her Indian cooking mentor Noorbanu Nimji and, in 2019, a World Gourmand Cookbook Awards winner for Best Culinary/Food Tourism book- Canada for Food Artisans of Alberta with her co-author Matilda Turri-Sanchez.
You can follow her personal adventures at Savour it All dot com and you can enjoy a preview of her next book – a new South Indian cookbook – at Faces Places and Plates dot com. Karen has led seven cuisine and culture tours to India and will return again in fall 2020.