Andrew Coppolino

Food columnist, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo

Andrew Coppolino is a food columnist for CBC Radio in Waterloo Region. He was formerly restaurant reviewer with The Waterloo Region Record. He also contributes to Culinary Trends and Restaurant Report magazines in the U.S. and is the co-author of Cooking with Shakespeare. A couple of years of cooking as an apprentice chef in a restaurant kitchen helped him decide he wanted to work with food from the other side of the stove.

Latest from Andrew Coppolino

How a trip to a local halal food store can expand respect for cuisine and culture: Andrew Coppolino

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino recently visited a new halal store in Kitchener with chef Zerka Mya of The Pulao Gals. She says each store is as unique as the family who runs it and trips to the store can be an educational experience.

Request for proof of vaccine simple for some restaurant staff, 'exhausting' for others: Andrew Coppolino

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino spoke to a number of restaurant owners in Waterloo region about the new rules where staff need to ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination before allowing people to dine indoors. The reactions of staff and customers are mixed.

When it comes to great food, sometimes sauce makes all the difference: Andrew Coppolino

While the old-school, heavy-duty French “mother” sauces can be time-consuming and technically difficult, and ketchup is a bit too simple for your steak, there are easy sauces that can be done quickly to complete your plate.

Andrew Coppolino takes a look at the state of restaurant closures and openings in Waterloo region

In recent months, the food and beverage landscape has changed — with some restaurant closures, but many new businesses have opened even with COVID-19 still lurking.

Don't reserve your preserves just for charcuterie: Andrew Coppolino

Preserving season means jams, jellies, relishes and pickles. Now is the time when the best produce is available for making preserves. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino checked in with some local cooks and culinary instructors to learn more.

Help wanted, though it's hard to find for an 'unstable' restaurant industry: Andrew Coppolino

Despite the move to a new stage of re-opening, or perhaps because of it, many local food businesses have experienced difficulty in filling out their staffing ranks, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Taste the Countryside aims to bring life back to local dining: Andrew Coppolino

As businesses and customers get used to the new pandemic reality, many organizations have been rebuilding business and trying to recoup losses. Taste the Countryside is a local food event that's just one example of that work.

Food 4 Kids aims to fill youth hunger gap in Waterloo Region 

The not-for-profit group Food 4 Kids Waterloo Region specializes in filling a chronic local hunger gap by providing nutritious meals to children on weekends and during school breaks, writes columnist Andrew Coppolino.

As food costs rise, restaurants plate up Waterloo region produce: Andrew Coppolino

As the pandemic has upset supply lines, the cost of food — including animal proteins — continues to rise. That has local restaurants turning to the bounty of Waterloo region to meet the robust demand for more vegetables and vegan options.

Three Sisters garden food shares deep roots with Indigenous community: Andrew Coppolino

Generally across Waterloo Region, the fields are a bounty of crops being harvested and brought to market each day. At Three Sisters garden, the harvest also has cultural and nutritive importance to the members of the Indigenous community.