Topic: andrew coppolino columns

How we're eating cherries in Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

The season for fresh Ontario cherries is a very short one indeed. CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at the cherry industry and how cherries are being used in food around Waterloo region.

Watching the FIFA World Cup? Here's where to find food to match the teams

Combine 32 teams from around the world, add a healthy dollop of soccer and sprinkle a lot of pride and you have a smorgasbord of global cuisine, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Taste of Woolwich connects eaters with producers: Andrew Coppolino

The Taste of Woolwich kicks off Saturday at the Elmira Farmers' Market.

Toast Father's Day with a list of beer cocktails, says Andrew Coppolino

Sunday could be a good a time to toast fathers with a refreshing beverage such as a beer cocktail, and food columnist Andrew Coppolino has a list of local suggestions.

Propane woes? Dry burgers? Andrew Coppolino releases his summer cooking hacks

As warmer summer weather heads into Waterloo region, it's time for some cooler outdoor cookery and the festivities that go along with it when the kitchen moves to the backyard.

It's time to find crab apples a-peel-ing, says Andrew Coppolino

The crab apple of their eye — a Wellesley family is turning the long neglected tart fruit into sweet success, writes Andrew Coppolino.

Warm weather and wings: Food columnist Andrew Coppolino hatches a plan for dinner

If you're feeling peckish and need to hatch a plan for dinner, CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino says you can't go wrong with wings.

How to eat like a royal this Victoria Day long weekend: Andrew Coppolino

This weekend is a double whammy of royalty, from celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday to the wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. To celebrate, maybe indulge like a royal.

Cooking for mom: Andrew Coppolino gets tips from local chefs

For their Mother's Day menus, local chefs talk about nostalgic dishes and what they'll prepare for their own moms.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these 3 Mexican-inspired recipes

You won't find many Cinco de Mayo celebrations happening in Waterloo region this Saturday, so food columnist Andrew Coppolino suggests making the day special by whipping up three do-it-yourself Mexican recipes.

Transparent Kitchen peels back layers of a dish: Andrew Coppolino

An online platform called Transparent Kitchen is helping restaurants tell the stories of their dishes and connects diners with chefs and farmers.

Ice cream-macaron sandwiches and vegan, gluten-free ravioli win at food competition

They may not be ready for grocery store shelves or a spot on restaurant dessert menus just yet, but you could see lucuma bites, chocolate mochi morsels and artisanal bliss crisps for sale in the future after a successful demo at the Innovative and Emerging Foods Competition and Showcase in Guelph.

Sweet ways to use maple syrup in savoury dishes: Andrew Coppolino

Maple syrup is an obvious choice to have with pancakes, but have you thought of adding it to your salad or dinner?

Passover and Easter turn food into an experience: Andrew Coppolino

From fish on Good Friday to four cups of wine at Passover Seder, food becomes an ritual that helps some people mark the holiday, while others see it as the kickoff to a busier time of year.

Irish diaspora and its impact on food around the world: Andrew Coppolino

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino looks at the Irish influence in food that stretches from Jamaica to New Zealand, Canada and right here in Waterloo region.
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Andrew Coppolino on why you might like green eggs with ham

Green eggs and ham, Who pudding and roast beast - food is part of many Dr. Seuss books. Columnist Andrew Coppolino suggests you can use Seuss as inspiration in the kitchen.

Cooking on cast iron offers unique connection to the past

That heavy cast iron frying pan collecting dust in your cellar or the rusty skillet you picked up on a whim at a garage sale last spring may have a story to tell, but it may also be the perfect tool for your next meal.

Andrew Coppolino on why you need to try a dosa

The dosa is a favourite dish of south India that is similar to a crêpe but packs a lot of flavour. CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino went on the hunt for dosas in Waterloo region.

Soul food dishes in Waterloo region inspired by tradition

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at soul food in Waterloo region and area and learned how history has come to inspire today's chefs.

Top bakers offer top tips for tasty croissants

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino talks to top bakers about how to make the best croissants.

Food-ordering apps, more veggies and playing with food are the new trends

Is the food scene changing? CBC K-W's food columnist Andrew Coppolino gives his take on the latest food trends in Waterloo Region.

Andrew Coppolino's top dishes of 2017 — and what you should try in 2018

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino offers up his top dishes in Waterloo region — and beyond — in this list.

A toast to the New Year and beyond with sparkling wine

Waterloo Region-based sommelier and wine consultant Rebecca Pettigrew says sparkling wine is the perfect compliment to any mean, not just your New Years Eve appetizers.

Andrew Coppolino's list of last-minute gifts for the Kitchener kitchen

With the gift timer counting down to Christmas, there’s precious little time left to do your last-minute gift shopping. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino has these last-minute ideas for the kitchen person on your list.

The real ragu: Andrew Coppolino's recipe for a great Bolognese

The classic pasta dish is doused with a heavy and rich meat sauce, but you may not have ever had a true Bolognese. CBC K-W's food columnist Andrew Coppolino offers up a recipe so you can make the delicious dish at home.

Chefs from The Culinary Studio share classic shepherd's pie recipe

Keep it simple - that's the mantra of Jody O'Malley and Kirstie Herbstreit, owners of The Culinary Studio.

Restaurants ponder value of publishing sodium content

Packaged foods show it. But restaurauters tell Andrew Coppolino that it might be shaking up the food industry too much if the sodium content in their dishes was published on the menu.

Take a tour of new eateries in Waterloo region with Andrew Coppolino

The food landscape is constantly changing in Waterloo region. CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino gives his take on some new spots you may want to try.

Korean bibimbap makes a hearty, warming meal on dreary days

The iconic Korean rice dish bibimbap has an interesting history that bridges eastern and western cultures at the supper table. It's a warm comfort food dish for cool autumn days, writes Andrew Coppolino.

Ode to the Pumpkin: Andrew Coppolino celebrates favourite fall gourd

The pumpkin is a rare fruit, popular both for its decorative potential and its edible versatility. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino looks at the history and use of the giant orange gourd.

Andrew Coppolino gets to the core of the local craft cider industry

In just five years, the craft cider industry has grown significantly, including in and around Waterloo region. CBC K-W's food columnist Andrew Coppolino talks about why cider is so a-peeling.

'Kitchens can be locker rooms' restaurateur Jen Agg tells Andrew Coppolino

Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg talks with CBC Kitchener-Waterloo food columnist Andrew Coppolino about the "extremely macho" restaurant industry.

Andrew Coppolino asks: to stuff or not to stuff (the turkey)?

Stuffing a turkey is a Thanksgiving tradition for some, but is it the best way to cook your bird? Our food columnist Andrew Coppolino weighs in on this debate which can ruffle a few feathers.

Restaurants for Change fundraiser supports low-income communities

The national initiative “Restaurants for Change” is taking place at 92 restaurants in 19 cities, including Kitchener, Guelph and Stratford. Proceeds from your dinner out that night will go to charity, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Other nut butters spreading into peanut's traditional market

The demise of Skippy peanut butter in Canada coincides with the spreading presence of alternative nut butters, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino. And, he says nut butters are an easy DIY for a nutritional snack.

Healthier hatchery promotes antibiotic-free chicken, Andrew Coppolino writes

A new hatchery that promises to be innovative and grow a healthier bird less likely to need antibiotics is set to open in Stratford, Ont., Andrew Coppolino reports.

You'll fall for these food festivals, says Andrew Coppolino

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino offers up a smorgasbord of food festivals and events in Waterloo region and surrounding area.

Tiny vegetables a growing trend, says Andrew Coppolino

Mini or immature versions of vegetables we've long known and loved are becoming more common, not just in restaurants but in supermarkets, too, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino

Mobile greenhouse showcases Ontario's indoor crops

This summer a mobile squad of cucumbers, tomatoes and green peppers have been travelling throughout Ontario and the United States with the objective of teaching the general public about greenhouse produce.

Pickles enjoying Renaissance, and they can be DIY: Andrew Coppolino

Pickles, a bittersweet reminder of fresh vegetables, are having a Renaissance and are not that hard to make for yourself, writes Andrew Coppolino.
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Farm gate stands offer fresh produce and nostalgia: Andrew Coppolino

Taking a drive in the country for roadside fresh produce sellers? You’ll also come across self-serve roadside booths at the end of farm laneways with so-called “honour stands” where you take the produce and leave your money, writes Andrew Coppolino.

Andrew Coppolino's top summer picnic spots around Waterloo region

The summer picnic has a revolutionary history, but its modern practice can show off charming locations in and around the region, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Waterloo region raspberry crops show mixed success: Andrew Coppolino

The season for local raspberries is a short one, running essentially between July and September, but thanks to the weather and a tiny insect, the luscious fruit may be hard to find this summer.

Andrew Coppolino: 'Functional food' distributor pioneers industry in Waterloo region

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino profiles Blendtek, a K-W company that sources unique and unfamiliar global ingredients for the food industry, helping manufacturers pivot quickly in a business of quick-changing consumer tastes.

How to become a grilled vegetables genius: Andrew Coppolino

Grilling vegetables on the barbecue can lead to spectacular results, if you follow the basics and understand a little thermodynamics, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

7 tips to grilling the best burger: Andrew Coppolino

Don't want a desiccated, propane-tinged, solid puck of gluten for your burger bun? Seeking a juicy, world class beef patty? Here are food columnist Andrew Coppolino's seven tips to burger heaven.

Andrew Coppolino: Canada's food identity is regional, not national

Andrew Coppolino suggests there are very few Canadian foods that represent the whole country - instead, regional specialities are emblems of the country's geographic and cultural diversity.
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Kevin Wong, co-founder of Janet Lynn's bistro, remembered

Restaurateur Kevin Wong, co-founder of Janet Lynn's Bistro in Kitchener more than three decades ago, died this past week and with him so did a significant part of Waterloo region's culinary history, writes columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Andrew Coppolino tosses a ribeye on the BBQ for Father's Day

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at what Pop wants to eat on Sunday and offers some interesting recipes to try on the backyard barbecue.

Andrew Coppolino: food industry concerned by minimum wage increase

Will you still pay $10 for your negroni even though it has a half-ounce less alcohol and accept that the steak at the centre of your plate might be smaller?

Andrew Coppolino offers his take on online reviews that go too far

Restaurants have no choice but to face the juggernaut of online reviews that have come to characterize the business and which sees potential customers often searching Google for recommendations and reviews before they even open the restaurant’s website.

Andrew Coppolino offers options for cooking rhubarb

You can eat rhubarb in a bunch of different ways, from raw with a bit of sugar, to baked into a pie. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino tracks down suggestions from local chefs on what to do with rhubarb.

Andrew Coppolino's look at the return of independent shops

Andrew Copplino suggests trying some new nibbles in Waterloo Region over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Andrew Coppolino: Food research lab tracks consumer habits

Two new food research labs at the University of Guelph are studying in depth how food consumers see products, make decisions and shop. CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino speaks with associate professor Michael von Massow about how the findings may influence the industry.

Andrew Coppolino explores the history and food of Cinco de Mayo

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino explores Cinco de Mayo, a day of celebration of Mexican culture, history and food, and offers some tips on what to eat here in Waterloo region this weekend.

Andrew Coppolino's shawarma selections in Waterloo region

Shawarma has certainly grown in popularity over the past several years, says food columnist Andrew Copplino, who suggests some spots to sample in Waterloo region and beyond.

Andrew Coppolino: Local cheesemakers fear smaller market slice with Europe trade deal

Given the choice between purchasing local cheese or a wider range of slightly less expensive European cheese, which would you buy? CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino talks to local cheese producers about the CETA trade deal.

Friday a good day for fish and chips, says food columnist Andrew Coppolino

Fry 'em up! CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino makes some suggestions fish and chips spots in the region.

Andrew Coppolino: Pressure cooker trend gathers steam

Pressure cookers really do allow you to set it and forget it and cuts down cooking time significantly, says food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Andrew Coppolino finds new ways to cook with maple syrup

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino speaks to local chefs about different ways they use maple syrup in their cooking.

Why dishwashers can make or break a restaurant

The work is low-paying, hard and, above all, dirty, but a good dishwasher can make or break a restaurant, Andrew Coppolino writes.

St. Patrick's Day quest: finding Irish foods in Waterloo region

St. Patrick has certainly left an impressive legacy: the popular and eponymously named day that toasts Irish heritage. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino reveals where you can find Irish food boxty and colcannon in Waterloo Region.

Pineapple on pizza? Andrew Copplino takes on pizza toppings

Do you like pineapple on your pizza? Do you think it's terrible? Where was pineapple pizza was first made? Andrew Coppolino explains why Hawaiian pizza is a hot topic.

Food4Kids to start feeding hungry kids on weekends after March Break

Food4Kids will launch its weekend and holiday healthy food program in Waterloo-Wellington this month, just after kids return from March Break.

Andrew Coppolino: Rising bread sales stoke artisanal bakeries

Waterloo region has seen a resurgence of local, artisanal bakers and a rise in bread sales, says food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Andrew Coppolino: 3 essential cooking techniques every chef masters

There's more than one way to be a good cook. In fact, food columnist Andrew Coppolino suggests if you master braising, roasting and sautéing, you'll be a kitchen star.

Restaurant owners love Valentine's Day, says Andrew Coppolino

Valentine's Day ranks in the top three revenue generators for the food and beverage industry every year along with New Year's Eve and Mother's Day. Depending on where it falls during the week, it can take top spot, food columnist Andrew Coppolino says.

Andrew Coppolino looks at Conestoga College's new culinary expansion

Conestoga College's Culinary Arts and Hospitality program expansion is a boost to region's food and hospitality sector.

Top food trends of 2017: home delivery, coffee and street food

In the coming year you could be snacking on African street food, ordering a meal kit online, or enjoying avocado in your coffee. Those are some of the food developments to watch for in 2017, says columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Andrew Coppolino's 16 favourite Waterloo region dishes in 2016

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino shares his list of favourite dishes in 2016 from around Waterloo region and Wellington and Perth counties.

Andrew Coppolino: Finding 'food cures' for a New Year's Day hangover

Hangovers are as old as alcohol itself. Let our food columnist Andrew Coppolino be your guide to helping you through the morning-after-the-night-before.

Champagne sales keep popping as upward trend continues

Drinking champagne during the holidays is a longstanding tradition and our food columnist Andrew Coppolino says that's not likely to change any time soon.

Andrew Coppolino takes a tasty tour of new Waterloo region restaurants

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino provides a whirlwind tour of the different flavours and delectable dishes offered at newly opened restaurants in the area.

Andrew Coppolino's picks for food-themed Christmas gifts

From a good old cup for your Moscow Mule cocktail, to a toaster that can print your name, here are CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino's picks for Christmas gifts.

Andrew Coppolino: how to cook with food bank ingredients

Look for a new Waterloo region cookbook in 2017, one that features local cooks and their recipes and which is geared to raise money for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Andrew Coppolino: How to find fried chicken heaven at home

There's nothing better than a really good piece of fried chicken. Except maybe two pieces of fried chicken. Or three. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino shares his cooking tips, and top local spots for crispy poultry.

Phone apps set to help fight food waste: Andrew Coppolino

Phone apps that pair restaurants with excess food and hungry consumers might be one of the solutions to fighting food waste, writes columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Wartime Victory Gardens were popular food source - except in Waterloo region

In England, the United States and parts of Canada, governments mandated victory gardens be planted in private and public spaces. But Waterloo region had such a robust farming industry, few went hungry, our food columnist Andrew Coppolino writes.

Foraging for food is a return to our ancestral roots

Foraging is in our DNA, says food columnist Andrew Coppolino, who took a recent trip with local chef Steve Allen to explore the woods and find some treats.

Halloween candy: in defence of Canada's molasses kiss

Canada's molasses candy kiss, a longtime Halloween candy staple, may no longer be a favourite but it deserves respect says food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Where's the beef... from? Why terroir matters for more than wine

At a recent event at Niagara College, food columnist Andrew Coppolino learned why the terroir of beef - the conditions under which cattle are raised - matters to your tastebuds.

Cold Snap pear set to entice Ontario fruit consumers

Pears may be set to make a resurgence in Ontario fruit markets thanks to a new Canadian variety, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Thanksgiving dinner in 1916 Berlin, Ont. similar to today: Andrew Coppolino

The world may have changed a lot since 1916 and Berlin changed its name to Kitchener, but food columnist Andrew Coppolino says Thanksgiving dinner is still quite similar a century later.

Industry disruptors change food culture slowly: Andrew Coppolino

Mass media, transportation and tourism are in the midst of major industrial disruption, but Andrew Coppolino writes that similar change, although less visible, is affecting food culture.

Andrew Coppolino: Give fondue its due

Cheese fondue provides social interaction and can engage kids with vegetables, writes Andrew Coppolino. Plus, it's a retro party dish evoking Mad Men and the 1960s.

Betties, buckles, cobblers and crisps: Andrew Coppolino's fall fruit desserts

Pastry-based fruit desserts are a delicious way to celebrate the fall harvest but they also bring a lot of history, writes Andrew Coppolino.

'Food From Thought' funds university rethink of what we eat

The human food chain from field to fork will get a rethink and redesign as the University of Guelph implements a $76 million federal grant to fund its Food From Thought initiative, writes Andrew Coppolino.

Andrew Coppolino's 6 fall food festivals you shouldn't miss

September brings local agricultural fairs and food celebrations that showcase the late-summer and fall harvest and build community connections. Here's Andrew Coppolino's list.

Andrew Coppolino: 6 'food-preneuers' show trend in Waterloo region

More and more unique and highly-focused food businesses are popping up in the region. CBC-KW food columnist Andrew Coppolino lists six that illustrate a growing local, and national, trend.

How drones are quietly changing the face of Ontario agriculture

The same technology that powers unmanned airstrikes in the world's worst war zones is also is also behind a quiet revolution that's transforming agriculture from the skies above Ontario's heartland.

Andrew Coppolino: Blues music and southern food have intertwined roots

There are food matches with all kinds of music, but no pairing is more heavily weighted with cultural meaning than southern food and blues music, writes columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Solstice celebrations inspire Nordic cocktail, writes Andrew Coppolino

The longest day of the year brings cultural celebrations and inspires seasonal foods including a special cocktail, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Yeast entrepreneurs bring taste of Guelph to brewing: Andrew Coppolino

If Guelph entrepreneurs Angus Ross and Richard Preiss have anything to say about it, beer will have southwestern Ontario 'terroir' due to home-grown (and developed) yeast, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Andrew Coppolino's top 10 reasons for shopping at farmers' markets

Summertime means fresh produce time, and time to shop at your neighbourhood farmers' market, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

4 things to know about dessert: Andrew Coppolino

Desserts are a popular if polarizing restaurant course – but is the meal’s final course getting its just deserts? Food columnist Andrew Coppolino explores the meal's sweet ending.

Oxford cheese trail a tasty destination: Andrew Coppolino

Oxford County's cheese trail leads foodies on a path through 200 years of history, back to a time when Canada was a major exporter of dairy products.

Preserving spring foods easier than you think: Andrew Coppolino

Capturing the spring flavours of fiddleheads, asparagus, ramps and rhubarb may be easier than you think, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Looking for Latin American food? Andrew Coppolino share his picks

Whether you are craving a tasty taco or a warm pupusa, CBC KW food columnist Andrew Coppolino shares his picks for Latin American food in Waterloo Region.

How to cook (almost) anything on the barbecue

With some proper techniques and the right ingredients, you can cook virtually anything on your barbecue. Get creative and go beyond the usual suspects of hamburgers, hot dogs and steaks.

Four easy steps to get your BBQ ready for the summer

Regardless of how much or how little you used your barbecue last summer, now is the time to do a spring cleaning for safety and better entertaining. Here are some basic barbecue maintenance and cleaning tips from CBC KW food columnist Andrew Coppolino.