German Village Gazette

Fred & Howard Award

Food-tour promotor honored for her efforts

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Bethia Woolf, founder of Columbus Food Adventures, shows off her trophy after receiving the Fred and Howard Award June 18, at Backstage Bistro in Columbus. Each year, the German Village Society presents the award to an individual who carries the culture, heritage and message of German Village and the society to others. The award is named for Fred Holdridge and Howard Burns, two longtime society members and neighborhood leaders.

The founder and co-owner of Columbus Food Adventures, which takes a small group of hungry tourists through German Village every Saturday, was this year's winner of the Fred & Howard Award.

Bethia Woolf was presented the honor June 18 at an annual awards ceremony at the Backstage Bistro in the Brewery District.

The award was established in 1997 by the German Village Society in honor of Fred Holdridge and Howard Burns, long-time Society members, owners of Hausfrau Haven and informal ambassadors who steadfastly promoted the village. Holdridge died in 2010 and Burns, in 2001.

The award is given to those "who have gone the extra mile to carry the message of German Village and the German Village Society to the rest of the world."

Woolf, 38, said she's pleased to have earned the distinction.

"We love showing off German Village to people," said Woolf, whose business is based in Victorian Village. "It's a real honor," she said.

She said says the tour, which includes more than a dozen people, hits all of the popular spots: Lindey's, Katzinger's, Pistacia Vera, Barcelona, G. Michael's and Schmidt's.

"It's extremely popular," she said. "It sells out three or four weeks in advance."

Woolf, a member of the German Village Business Community, started Columbus Food Adventures in 2010 and added the German Village tour in spring 2011.

Some of her other themed tours also make stops in and near the village, she said.

The village, with its maze of residential streets and scattered restaurants and cafes, is unlike some Columbus neighborhoods, whose dining destinations often are located along one strip, she said.

"People need help navigating it," said Woolf, a native of London, England. "German Village takes a little more exploring."

Shiloh Todorov, Society director, said Woolf is a fitting recipient.

"Bethia couldn't be a more perfect winner, as she sells out 14 spots on her Saturday tours March to October, is repeatedly quoted in local and national magazines talking about her German Village food tour, and has been an active member of GVBC," Todorov said.

"It is a joy to work with her and to honor her," Todorov said.

In related news, the German Village Society will present the winners of the Village Valuables and Frank Fetch awards immediately following the Haus und Garten Tour June 30.