Cooking Vacations & Culinary Tours
O.A.R.S. offers Culinary Adventures on the following trips:
Chef Bob Anderson
From our blog - Master River Chef: Bob Anderson
Executive Chef, Bob Anderson, of the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America as well as an outdoor adventure enthusiast.
“After a great trip, they (guests) will take home not only a cook book full of recipes, and a special O.A.R.S. Wilderness Gourmet apron, but the memories of the sensual flavors of the foods they prepared on the river.” states Chef Bob. “You don't have to be a gourmet chef to enjoy this mouth-watering river trip.”
“I like to refer to it as a vintner dinner interrupted by white-water rafting,” said Mr. Anderson, whom guests call Chef Bob. He uses Dutch ovens to make braised chicken, flambées steaks in Jack Daniels sauce, and fills black Mission figs with Point Reyes blue cheese and wraps them in bacon.—Bonnie Tsui, The New York Times.
Culinary Adventure Trips
For those with a passion for great food, exquisite wine and a palate for adventure, O.A.R.S. Culinary Adventure series brings an elevated epicurean experience to the Wild & Scenic Rogue River in Oregon and Idaho's Main Salmon River in the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness.
Main Salmon River
Our Main Salmon Wilderness Gourmet trip is a river-loving foodie’s dream: fresh and often organic meals prepared by a gourmet chef, paired with regional wines and micro brews. Using organic and locally-sourced ingredients, the impressive cuisine is restaurant quality, matching delicious food and cooking demos with exciting whitewater and gorgeous scenery on this all-inclusive adventure.
These unique packages combine mouth-watering fare and the appeal of the wilds into magnificent culinary adventures.
If the idea of learning how to prepare world-class cuisine while pairing it perfectly with a glass of superb wine sounds intriguing, imagine doing it along the banks of the Rogue River with instruction from celebrated gourmet chef, Bob Anderson on our Wilderness Gourmet Adventure.
Wilderness Gourmet Adventure Trips
Rogue River: The Wild and Scenic Rogue River, just a short drive from the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, is the ideal setting for our Wilderness Gourmet trip on the Rogue. Featured wines for our culinary adventure will include an eclectic selection of California, Oregon and Washington varietals guaranteed to pair perfectly with the delicious riverside fare.
Main Salmon River: Savor the Main Salmon River on an adventure that honors the culture and tradition of food and fine beverage. Guests will enjoy gourmet meals prepared by a chef using organic and regionally sourced products from Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.