Topic: andrew coppolino columns

From ice cream to hot dogs, warmer weather brings summer foods back: Andrew Coppolino

For most of the year they are shuttered and dark. But when the warmer weather finally returns, there's a smorgasbord of food stands and take-away joints open up to serve customers.

Where to go in Waterloo region for nut-free, gluten-free and vegan treats

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a trip around Waterloo region to find the best spots to find nut-free, dairy-free and vegan treats.

Iconic dishes of Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

Though they may not be as famous as the Philly Cheesesteak, Buffalo's wings or the meaty Miami Cuban Sandwich, Waterloo region has its own iconic dishes that give us both an understanding of our past and a view of how we've evolved as a community.

Plenty of fish dish options in Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

Fish on Good Friday is a tradition for many, but it doesn't have to be of the deep fried variety. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino looks at where you can get all different kinds of fish, but be warned: you may want to pre-order.

Beyond martinis: Local distilleries shake (and stir) things up with gin

Gin has always been a popular spirit, but it's being made by more craft distilleries in Waterloo region and the surrounding area, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Winner, winner, fried chicken dinner: Hot spots in Waterloo region for this favourite dish

CBC Kitchener-Waterloo food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at the different ways fried chicken is served up in Waterloo region.

Irish influence on Canadian cuisine celebrated on St. Patrick's weekend

There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than leprechauns, green beer and massive student parties, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino. You'll find traditional fare but also a growing number of dishes that take Irish influences to new places.

Tips from the pros on how to make the best pizza dough at home: Andrew Coppolino

Looking for a new pizza place? It might be in your own kitchen. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at what makes a good, homemade pizza dough.

Andrew Coppolino's six unusual desserts you have to try

Food columnist Andrew breaks down 6 unusual post-dinner snacks, plus where you can find them in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Opinion

Milk and dairy sidelined in Canada Food Guide: Here are alternatives

Canada’s Food Guide has changed dramatically — a revision more than a decade in the making — and a major component is all but gone: milk and dairy. Andrew Coppolino looks at alternatives.

How to eat your way through Black History Month in K-W

Honouring Black History Month in Waterloo region can include a celebration of food and culture in local restaurants, suggests columnist Andrew Coppolino. And you don't have to limit it to just one month per year.

Done like dinner: Where do K-W restaurant staff go to eat after work?

After 10 to 12 hours on their feet working with food and cooking dozens of dishes, where do restaurant staff go to eat after hours in Kitchener-Waterloo? Food columnist Andrew Coppolino put that question to cooks in the region.
Opinion

Super Bowl food: where K-W chefs line up on halftime snacks

The Super Bowl may have pitted east versus west, young versus old and the deserving versus the lucky in Sunday's big matchup. CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's food columnist Andrew Coppolino has found unity by polling local chefs about their halftime food choices.

Andrew Coppolino's recommended 'hidden gems' and hole-in-the wall eateries in Waterloo region

Waterloo region is full of hidden gems when it comes to mom-and-pop restaurants and quick takeout shops. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino went on a treasure hunt to find them.

Cut costs and reduce food waste at home? There's a simple recipe, experts say

Food waste in Canada has been targeted as an environmental, social and economic concern. Columnist Andrew Coppolino asked experts how people can make inroads at home.

How to ditch cold cereal, for a more tasty, nutritious breakfast: Andrew Coppolino

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino shares some easy recipes for breakfast time — ones that don't involve cereal.

Edibles, 'simple food' and plant-based eating: Andrew Coppolino's food trends for 2019

Andrew Coppolino asked a few chefs and food entrepreneurs in the area what they anticipate seeing in the industry — their answers ranged from a variety of plant-based foods to non-alcoholic craft cocktails.

2018 year end reflection: Andrew Coppolino

CBC K-W's food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look back at what food trends made 2018.

Toast, juice and tartare: Costing out the value of gourmet

'I could make that cheaper at home,' many diners think about simple specialty foods like fresh-pressed juice or fancy toast. But food columnist Andrew Coppolino asks if that's a false economy.

4 ways to de-stress your holiday dining out experience

The pressure's on when dining out at holiday time. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino hears from restaurants on how to accentuate the positives and minimize the negatives.

Eating alone: Where and why diners go solo in Waterloo region

Open Table, the popular online restaurant reservation system, says reservations for one guest have grown 85 per cent since 2015.

Andrew Coppolino on how to spice up your life, and your next meal

As the cold weather sets in, we may be looking to add more spices to our meals to bring us comfort and incredible smells, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.
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Meal delivery apps a 'game changer' for diners and industry, say restaurateurs

Software apps to order restaurant food for delivery are a multi-billion dollar industry disruptor that have forced restaurants into an introspective rethink of what they're for, writes Andrew Coppolino.

How local restaurants keep up with change: Andrew Coppolino

Andrew Coppolino looks at how restaurants in Kitchener-Waterloo cope with evolving industry pressures and trends.

International cuisine finds a home in Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

Oktoberfest's meat and potatoes are popular Waterloo region dishes in the fall. But it's a wide wide world of food out there. Whether it's southeast Asia, various regions of China, Ethiopia and Latin America, international cuisine has found a home here.

Farm-owned stores a growing trend in food marketing, says Andrew Coppolino

The food landscape, made up of many niche markets in southwestern Ontario, is evolving. Growth in business for on-farm stores reflects that, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

More than sausage and sauerkraut: Andrew Coppolino's take on German fare

You can get a real taste for Bavarian culture in Waterloo region this weekend thanks to Oktoberlicious, writes CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Dining out: Andrew Coppolino looks at the food culture in Waterloo region

There are multiple food sub-cultures in Waterloo region, Guelph and Stratford, writes CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino.
Analysis

Who grew your garlic? Andrew Coppolino on market vendors versus farmers

What's the difference between a grower and a produce reseller? Food columnist Andrew Coppolino breaks down what to look for when you hit the farmers' markets this fall.

Beyond corn and 'taters: fall is the time to expand your taste

The autumn harvest presents the perfect opportunity to try new and varied bounty from local producers, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

School lunch prep: 7 tips from Andrew Coppolino

CBC K-W's food columnist Andrew Coppolino shares some things parents can think about when it comes to preparing weekly school lunches.
Analysis

Walkable grocery shopping on rise as consumers explore options

Large grocery stores are rethinking their interior look and layout to provide a small-market feel that copies a smaller neighbourhood feel, observes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Power bowls a nutrient-dense healthy meal, writes Andrew Coppolino

Power bowls, also known as Buddah bowls, are a great way to try new foods and get a full mean of veggies and protein, writes CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Bounty of basil? Andrew Coppolino has tips to make most of this herb

It's been a particularly good summer for basil, writes CBC Kitchener-Waterloo food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Braised ribs and the blues: a delicious match, says Andrew Coppolino

This weekend marks two food events in which barbecued ribs play a role. Professional ribbers will ply their craft at Cambridge Ribfest and there is an indirect but nevertheless strong link between blues and barbecue — so a few participating "12 Bar Blues" restaurants are playing along as part of the Kitchener Blues Festival.

Andrew Coppolino on how to celebrate Food Day Canada in Waterloo region

Saturday is Food Day Canada and Elora-based food writer and activist Anita Stewart wants people to cook, shop and share their experiences 'like a Canadian,' writes CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Kitchener Public Library recommends 5 books for hungry summer readers

​The lazy, hazy days of summer are here in Waterloo region and that makes a good opportunity to set aside a bit of time to do some leisure reading. What better topic is there to dip into than food?

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.
Analysis

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.
Analysis

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.