Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Amanda Bedford of Chouteau County

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Amanda Bedford for her positive impact on the Chouteau County community as the owner of the Wake Cup Café.

Amanda Bedford

Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. 

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:


Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing Amanda Bedford for her positive impact on the Chouteau County community as the owner of the Wake Cup Café.

Amanda grew up on her parents’ farm between Fort Benton and Highwood. She always had a passion for the Fort Benton community, knowing one day that was where she wanted to open a coffee shop. At 20 years old, and with the support of her parents, she made that dream a reality. Fourteen years later, the business has seen tremendous success and growth under Amanda’s leadership.

What started as a tiny coffee shop, serving only coffee and a few sandwiches, has since expanded greatly. The current building is the restaurant’s third location, with a much larger and more expansive menu. By focusing on fresh, homemade ingredients, Amanda is proud of the delicious food the Wake Cup Café brings to Fort Benton. 

With the enormous growth the Wake Cup Café has seen, Amanda has turned it into a family business. As of four years ago, Amanda’s sister and brother-in-law have become part owners in the business, allowing them to continue to grow the coffee shop. While the business continues to expand, Amanda remains focused on providing the community with a place to gather with family and friends. As Amanda says, every small town needs a coffee shop. She’s proud to be that staple for the Fort Benton community.

I congratulate Amanda Bedford on her wonderful impact to Fort Benton and the greater Chouteau community. With her passion, dedication and determination, her community is brought together over their favorite local hangout: The Wake Cup Café.