Writing Foodie Fridays is amazing because we become so inspired by the businesses created by each individual featured. Today, meet Tricia Scruggs who runs a food tour in the Dallas area called We Ate Well Food Tours. Based on the name, you certainly know what to expect on her tour! Good food! I love that Tricia followed her passion for food to create a business she truly believes in and is pursuing this dream to give all of us a taste of good food in Texas.
What is your role in the food industry?
I operate a food tour in Historic Downtown McKinney, a beautiful community about 30 minutes North of Dallas.
How did you first get involved in the food industry?
I’ve always loved good food! Last year, I started a food blog and soon elevated it to a food tour experience.
What/who inspired your current role in the food industry?
I was initially inspired by Leslie Padro of Global Flavors after taking her Flavors of San Juan food tour while on a girls’ trip several years ago. It was an unforgettable and life-changing experience. Like me, Leslie has a background in journalism and I was super impressed with her journey and how she followed her heart which led to great things.
What food trends are most influential in what you do?
This isn’t a trend, but the mere fact that people like to eat well, whether it’s a plate of perfectly fried chicken or a salad made from the best locally sourced ingredients, is sort of the blueprint for our food tour.
What is the most significant change you’ve witnessed in the food industry?
The move toward eating fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable foods.
Tell us about an industry professional who influenced you most?
What's your big splurge food item? Any particular brand you're willing to pay more for?
Divine Chocolates from Fair & Square Imports
What keeps you going as a food professional?
The fun of leading tour groups. I love that each week I meet people from near and far and from all walks of life.
What do you view as your greatest achievement to-date as a food professional?
Oh, gosh. Other than building a successful tour, I’m not sure I’ve achieved it yet!
What’s your favorite food to make at home?
Salmon and homemade chocolate chip cookies with our boys.
What’s your favorite meal to order in a restaurant?
Shrimp & Grits
Tell us about a memorable meal you’ve had.
Growing up I would tag along with my grandfather during summer vacations. We would spend the day taking care of his clients. During breaks we’d feast on fresh fruit packed in our cooler and then we’d always stop for lunch at delis and restaurants that served amazing sandwiches.
Who in the food industry do you most admire?
Wow. There are so many amazing folks in the industry. It’s virtually impossible to narrow the list, but I absolutely love how Chef Robert Lyford at Patina Green Home & Market and Executive Chef Andrea Shackelford at Harvest Seasonal Kitchen create delicious food using the best local ingredients they can find. Knowing that you’re eating food you can trust to be good for you is such a freeing experience. I also adore Karen Klassen, owner of Spoons Café. She has created a place that’s consistently welcoming and serves up a variety of delicious dishes.
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