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    Wilderness Inquiry Combines Sustainable Local Food and Sea Kayaking in the Apostle Islands

    Forget the hotdogs and beans! Wilderness Inquiry is redefining camp food on this culinary sea kayaking adventure in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Aug. 1 – 4 and 8 – 11—the first of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Participants will discover the natural beauty and bounty of the Bayfield Peninsula. Each day, trekkers will explore shipwrecks and sea caves in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior by kayak and tour local farms and markets to harvest the evening’s meal. Travelers will have the rare opportunity to connect with the local community in chats around the campfire with some of the area’s most innovative farmers who are doing amazing things with food, like growing apricots in northern Wisconsin!

    After a day of kayaking and exploring, the group returns to Wilderness Inquiry’s Little Sand Bay Basecamp to enjoy mouth-watering feasts fashioned from locally grown ingredients paired thoughtfully with local spirits. The menu features some of the best local foods the Bayfield area has to offer including: fresh caught whitefish served on the beach, fresh berry tartlets, local cheeses, and an abundance of local fruits, vegetables, and herbs. All the ingredients are sustainably grown and thoughtfully prepared by the trip’s guest chef, Twin Cities’ food writer and cookbook author, Beth Dooley.

    Dooley, is a local food enthusiast whose work is regularly featured in Mpls./St. Paul Magazine, The Mix, and Fine Cooking. She is co-author with Lucia Watson of Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland. Dooley’s, The Northern Heartland Kitchen, is in bookstores now and her new recipe book for Minnesota’s Farmers Markets is due out later this year. In addition to her writing, Dooley appears monthly on KARE-11 TV’S On-Live covering local food.

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