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Food for thought; new company in town to host food tours of local restaurants

TRU graduate and Kamloops Dishcrawl ambassador Anita Lyapina is excited and busy organizing the first dish crawl event in Kamloops this September.
August 28, 2013 - 2:43 PM

KAMLOOPS - A yummy adventure is coming to the Tournament Capital.

TRU business graduate Anita Lyapina is the local ambassador for the food events and tour company Dishcrawl, and she's organizing the company's inaugural event in Kamloops.

Think: pub crawl — but with food.

"We take 25 to 40 people to four restaurants in one night," Lyapina said.

Here's how it works: a group of attendees are notified via email of the first restaurant to meet at, they spend about 45 minutes enjoying three different sample dishes along with a chat with a restaurant spokesperson, other guests and perhaps some drinks. Then the group travels in a pack to the next restaurant, setup within walking distance.

"It's going to be something different, something more sophisticated," she said.

The company is nothing new, it has alreadly planted routes in larger urban centres such as Vancouver and Toronto — but this event will mark the first the company has hosted in Kamloops.

The event will be held on Sept. 18 and is geared at 20 somethings all the way to seniors — really, anyone who enjoys socializing and food.

Lyapina said part of the fun of the event is that the restaurants are a surprise.

They are selected by ratings through the online restaurant rating website, Urban Spoon, as well as word of mouth through social media.

"We choose family-owned businesses because we want to support local business," Lyapina said.

Those with dietary concerns needn't be concerned as Lyapina said an email to her at least 48 hours in advance will allow her to accommodate as best she can.

While she remained tight lipped about the restaurants, three of four she has already signed up, she said people will enjoy them even if they've to the selected restaurants before, because the dishes are customized for the event.

And for those who love food, it's a chance to learn about the dishes and the community behind them.

"Before they eat in every restaurant, the chef, owner, general manager or someone will talk about the eatery or what they're going to eat or why they're serving exactly that food," Lyapina said.

The event runs approximately three hours and will end as every good meal should — with dessert.

The company expects to host other events in Kamloops such as other dish crawls and themed nights including: wine and cheese, taco nights and a whisky-tasting night.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Dishcrawl online.

To contact a reporter for this story, email:, call: (250) 319-7494 or tweet: @jess__wallace.

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