LONDON, ON, Sept. 27, 2021 /CNW/ - Leading up to the holiday season, Club House sought to find out whether Canadians were planning to spend more time outside over Thanksgiving weekend than in years past and if so, would they be interested in taking the flavours of the season with them. In partnership with Team Canada's Damian Warner, Olympic gold medalist and London, ON native, Club House uncovered that almost half (43 per cent) of Canadians plan to or are considering hosting their holiday dinner outdoors.

Canada has long been a nation of passionate nature-lovers. Club House wants to inspire more Canadians to enjoy their Thanksgiving alfresco this year with flavourful and portable recipes alongside one of the most versatile athletes. So, what are Canadians looking for when they're eating in the great outdoors?

Most Canadians (60 per cent) said small meals are a must-have during activities outside, and nearly one-in-four (24 per cent) said they would bring a turkey leg to-go. And while flavour and taste are the most important consideration for food choices no matter the occasion, most Canadians (76 per cent) said ease of eating is the primary consideration specifically for on-the-go food choices. Lastly, many Canadians (37 per cent) would consider using local-only ingredients in their Thanksgiving meal.

To help Canadians honour the tradition of spending time outdoors, Club House took the classic flavours of Thanksgiving outside. The result? Five portable, delicious, and seasonal Thanksgiving-inspired recipes that cover the range of fall tastes and represent locally grown favourites from across the country.

"Food, especially the food and flavours of the holidays, brings us together to create memories and gives us the energy that we need to get outside and enjoy the season," said Damian Warner, Canadian decathlete and Olympic champion. "This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful to be spending more time with my family and I'm excited to work with Club House to encourage Canadians to appreciate the outdoors by spending time together at a local park, on a walk or hike, or over a meal in their own backyard."

"Our survey also showed that almost all (79 per cent) of Canadians pack food for outdoor activities. So, we created portable, seasonal recipes to extend Thanksgiving flavours beyond the dining room," said Deborah Sharpe, Group Marketing Director for Club House. "Just as we discover the outdoors, Club House is encouraging Canadians to rethink their favourite fall staples by enjoying them on-the-go."

This fall, Club House wants to see Canadians gathering safely and enjoying seasonal recipes in the great outdoors at a picnic in a local park, on a camping trip, or just entertaining outside. By sharing a photo and tagging #ClubHouseThanksgiving, #Contest, and @ClubHouseCanada on Instagram, fans will be entered to win the "Ultimate Club House Explorer Prize Pack." One grand prize winner and nine runners-up will receive a year-long Parks Canada Discover Pass and food-themed essentials to take on-the-go. To get the recipes, view survey results, and learn more, visit


Calgary, September 21, 2021: However you hold it, fold it, knife-and-fork-it, Connie & John’s Pizza has become a Calgary favourite for pizza afficiona-doughs since its 2020 launch in the city’s East Village.

Today, Blush Lane Organic Market’s Marda Loop Store Manager David Jannard officially announces a fresh partnership with local chefs -- Connie DeSousa and John Jackson -- and invites the community to celebrate the opening of Connie & John’s Pizza inside the shop, just past the produce section and overlooking its shared patio space.

“Connie and John bringing their style of NY and Detroit-inspired pizza culture to our SW community is exciting for our team, shoppers and neighbours,” says David. “As we do, they care about healthy, delicious organic and natural foods.

“In fact, many of the toppings are from our daily suppliers. Plus, they offer vegetarian and gluten-free pizza options! Our shoppers are sure to love Connie and John’s Pizza and grow loyal fast.”

Iconic in every way, from crust to cheese, Connie and John’s Pizza pays tribute and recalls memories of their time working, cooking and picking up pizza for fast, fun meals in both New York and Detroit.

“Our New York-style is a giant!” says Connie, who delights in living just around the corner from this new location. “Don’t just imagine a 16-inch round hand-crafted crust slowly turned golden in our 500-degree pizza oven. Buy one, fold it over and feast on the highest quality ingredients and toppings like shaved Italian ham, mozzarella and pineapple on our Island Pie.”

“Who can deny the fun of a deep-dish?” asks John. “Ours are Detroit-style. Beautifully baked in a traditional blue-steel rectangle pan. Golden, cheesy, crispy edges come from a slow-bake.

Bubbly and delicious! We hope you’ll fall fast and deep in lasting love with our creations. The Roni Cup is a take-home winner: triple pepperoni, cheddar and mozzarella cheese.”

While a hot rotation of slices is always at the ready, ordering in advance online or before shopping is an ideal option for full pies, half pies and favourites. Pizzas take about 20 minutes to prepare and travel well.

Delivery is also a handy, easy way to enjoy Connie and John’s Pizza via SkipTheDishes or DoorDash.


TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2021 /CNW/ - Gathered Foods, makers of Swell Catch® plant-based seafood, today announces its most recent partnership with Copper Branch, the renowned plant-based Canadian restaurant chain. For a limited time, Copper Branch will be adding two new plant-based seafood items to the menu featuring Swell Catch Plant-Based New England Style Crab Cakes

The Crab Cake Burger features a Swell Catch Plant-Based New England Style Crab Cake patty with lettuce, tomato and a creamy aioli sauce. The Crab Cake Appetizer includes four Plant-Based New England Style Crab Cakes served on a bed of greens with garlic aioli sauce.

The partnership with Copper Branch is the first restaurant partnership for Swell Catch in Canada. Swell Catch Plant-Based New England Style Crab Cakes have a remarkable crabmeat-like texture and sweet crab flavor complemented with bell peppers, green onions, parsley and a hint of spice.

"We're a mission-driven brand that set out to make delicious plant-based seafood while making a difference in the world, and we're always looking for partners who align to this mission," said Chad Sarno, Co-Founder & Chief Culinary Officer at Gathered Foods, makers of Swell Catch. "Swell Catch and Copper Branch share similar values and we're very excited to launch the Crab Cake Burger and Crab Cake Appetizer with another forward-thinking, culinary-focused organization."

"As we execute our mission to offer delicious plant-based food while making a difference in the world, we are constantly seeking partners who align to this mission. Swell Catch and Copper Branch share similar values and we are thrilled to launch our gourmet crab cake burger with them. Together, we collaborated on the perfect recipe and can't wait to introduce it to our customers," said Trish Paterson, CEO of Copper Branch.

Swell Catch is a chef-driven, innovative food company that makes delicious plant-based seafood while offering a plant-based solution to concerns about bycatch, microplastics, mercury contamination and overfishing. The Swell Catch proprietary blend of peas, chickpeas, lentils, soy, fava beans and navy beans perfectly deliver the rich flavor and delicate texture of seafood.  

Swell Catch has continued to expand its innovative product portfolio amidst the quickly expanding plant-based industry. According to the Good Food Institute (GFI), the retail market for plant-based foods is now worth $7 billion. Over the last few years, the plant-based seafood industry has shown steadfast growth. In fact, according to market research firm Fact.MR, over the next 10 years, the plant-based seafood sector is set to grow at a rate of 28% and will be worth $1.3 billion by 2031.

This is the latest announcement from the plant-based seafood brand, with its portfolio of offerings that include Plant-Based New England Style Crab Cakes, Plant-Based Thai Style Fish Cakes and Plant-Based Classic Fish Burgers.  

Gathered Foods has had an impressive year thus far, most recently announcing a successful B-2 bridge funding round, securing $26.35 million with investments from Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), Unovis Asset Management, Clear Current Capital and others. Additionally, the brand has had several launches expanding its foodservice footprint.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TORONTO AND CHICAGO – Sept. 7, 2021 – Pizza Nova and Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of Field Roast ™ (“Field Roast”), announced today the addition of Field Roast Plant-Based Chicken across all Pizza Nova locations. The new ‘Plantollini’ Chick’n Bites offer a crunchy breading outside and a tender, whole muscle-style protein inside, are GMO Free, vegan and contain no artificial flavours.

Pizza Nova and Field Roast partnered earlier this year to introduce the ‘Planteroni Pizza’ made with Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni, and have come together again to offer Plant-Based Chicken that promises to deliver an indulgent experience that both meat lovers and vegans will love. The plant-based pepperoni received amazing feedback from even the most discerning of customers and orders continue to increase for Pizza Nova.

“We are proud to expand our plant-based offering and continue to deliver on our Puro Promise of sourcing high-quality products that do not compromise on taste”, says Domenic Primucci, President of Pizza Nova. “Our new mouthwatering PLANTOLLINI will help address the growing demand for plant-based proteins in the QSR space and will deliver a savoury flavour for our flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans alike.” 

Voted the ‘Best Pizza of 2020’ by the Toronto Star, Pizza Nova uses only the finest ingredients, sourced from farmers and producers who share its commitment to quality. It offers a number of freshly-baked signature pizzas and a breadth of Italian dishes including ciabatta sandwiches, Pollini, meatballs and lasagna, all caringly made with love.

“People are increasingly interested in eating more plant-based foods, and they don’t want to sacrifice flavor,” said Adam Grogan, Chief Operating Officer of Greenleaf Foods, SPC. “We’re excited to grow our partnership with Pizza Nova and offer more delicious Field Roast products that satisfy consumer’s cravings.”

Field Roast’s portfolio of high-quality plant-based sausages, burgers, roasts, appetizers and entrees and its leading Chao Creamery dairy-free cheese products are crafted for those who want to discover, indulge and share in bold taste experiences. For more information and to find a retailer near you, visit


VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 31, 2021 /CNW/ - Delicious news just in: it's time to celebrate – one A&W Teen Burger® at a time! The 13th annual A&W Canada Burgers to Beat MS Day, in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, raised $1.4 million in support of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

On Thursday, August 19th, every A&W restaurant location across Canada contributed to making this year's Burgers to Beat MS Day such a success. On this day, $2 from every A&W Teen Burger® sold across Canada went towards helping people living with MS. In 13 years, this initiative has raised more than $17 million, making A&W the single largest annual corporate fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada. This annual fundraiser is very close to the hearts of A&W's franchisees across the country, with many going above and beyond to raise crucial funds and awareness ahead of, and on Burgers to Beat MS Day.

All-star support from Christine Sinclair
For her fifth consecutive year, Olympic gold medalist and Canadian women's national soccer team captain, Christine Sinclair, participated in A&W's 2021 Burgers to Beat MS Day in honour of her mother, Sandi, who was diagnosed with MS over 30 years ago. Christine shared her story about how MS impacts all Canadians, not just the people who live with it – their family, friends, community, and country are all affected by this disease. She understands first-hand the daily impacts of this disease and what it means to live with a diagnosed loved one. Once again, she asked Canadians to join her in raising funds and awareness to support the MS Society in its goal towards achieving a world free of MS.

"As an individual who has personally witnessed what it means to live with the impacts of MS, I am wholeheartedly devoted to supporting this cause," says Christine Sinclair. "It means a lot to be back for my fifth year in a row teaming up with the MS Society and A&W to participate in Burgers to Beat MS Day in honour of my mother. The level of importance around raising funds and awareness is personally very high for me, to support people diagnosed, like her. I am so grateful to see the continuous support and excitement from Canadians around this campaign!"

MS in Canada: the startling facts
Canada has one of the highest MS rates in the world, with over 90,000 Canadians living with this disease. MS is a complex and unpredictable disease that impacts the central nervous system, affecting each person differently. Common symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, (muscle) weakness, impaired sensation, vision loss, mood changes and cognitive impairment.

On average, 12 Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day, and it's the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. Sixty percent of adults diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 20 and 49, and women are three times more likely to be diagnosed with MS than men. The cause of MS remains a mystery, and as of today, there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more.

"Each year, because of Burgers to Beat MS Day, funds and awareness for MS are raised across Canada, and this year was no different. The time and effort our franchisees put into making 2021's campaign a soaring success is truly motivating and makes me look forward to the coming years even more," says Susan Senecal, President and CEO, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. "Our restaurants collectively raising over $1.4 million is incredible – Thank you, Canada, for going above and beyond."

"As the 13th annual Burgers to Beat MS comes to a close, we couldn't be happier with this year's results and what it means to our organization and people affected by MS," shares Pamela Valentine, President and CEO, MS Society of Canada. "Our continued partnership with A&W over the last 13 years has been monumental in supporting our work towards achieving our goal of a world free of MS. Each year we are inspired by the number of Canadians coming together to support this cause to raise funds and awareness for the MS Society."

During this year's Burger's to Beat MS Day, Christine Sinclair, Susan Senecal and Pamela Valentine came together virtually to celebrate the 13th annual campaign by ordering a Teen Burger® with their friends and family (via drive-thru, take out/third-party delivery and dining-in). They also participated in virtual interviews to raise awareness about the disease and shared how Canadians could show their support and make a difference in the lives of people affected by MS.

About A&W Canada
A&W is proud to be a Canadian company - 100% Canadian owned and operated, and one of the most trusted brands in the country. A leader in the QSR industry, we believe that sourcing simple, great-tasting ingredients, farmed with care is the right thing to do. Our brand, our restaurants, and our people are known for being innovators who champion and embrace change. We serve Canadians coast to coast with over 1,000 restaurants across the country. For more information, please visit

About multiple sclerosis and the MS Society of Canada
Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. On average, 12 Canadians are diagnosed every day. MS is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). It is considered an episodic disease meaning that the severity and duration of illness and disability can vary and are often followed by periods of wellness. Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 49 and the unpredictable effects of the disease will last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides information, support and advocacy to people affected by MS, and funds research to find the cause and cure for the disease, bringing us closer to a world free of MS. Please visit or call 1-800-268-7582 for more information, to get involved, or to support Canadians affected by MS by making a donation.

Join the conversation and connect with the MS community online. Find the MS Society on Twitter, Instagram or like our page on Facebook. 

Editor's Note: Your local A&W restaurant, MS Society of Canada contact and/or other Burgers to Beat MS partners may send you additional details about the campaign results.

Susan Senecal, Pamela Valentine and other A&W and MS Society of Canada spokespeople are available for interviews upon request.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact: 

Saul Lewis

Strategic Objectives 

C: 416 366 7735 ext. 0309 

Kristin Harold 

MS Society of Canada 

C: 613 900 6941


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