July 9, 2018

Now in its 21st year, Taste Canada Awards / Les Lauréats des Saveurs du Canada ( has announced the shortlist of cookbooks and food blogs competing for a coveted culinary writing award.  

A champion of cookbook authors and food bloggers, Taste Canada inspires and encourages readers at home and abroad to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective.

“Cookbooks and food blogs have the exceptional ability to make our mouths water, inspire us to be better cooks and uncover the stories of the people behind the food,” said Karen Baxter, Executive Director, Taste Canada. “The books and blogs entered into this year’s competition reveal who we are as a people: our culture, our diversity and our truly Canadian viewpoint on food.”

Each year, Taste Canada presents awards to some of the best food and beverage writers in both official languages. The jury is comprised of volunteers from Canada’s culinary profession appointed by an independent selection committee.  This year, 91 cookbooks and 50 food blogs entered the competition. The shortlist narrows the competition to a maximum of 5 entries per category.

The 26 gold and silver award winners will be revealed at the Taste Canada Awards Gala on October 29 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The Gala, a one-of-a-kind gastronomic celebration, brings together writers, publishers, chefs, farmers, industry, media and cookbook fans and promotes a vibrant national conversation about food and the art and culture of culinary writing.


VANCOUVER, BC (July 5, 2018) — This summer, the chicken doesn’t just cross the road — it heads across the city when Chinatown’s wildly popular Juke Fried Chicken takes its trademark fried-chicken-and-rib-joint concept to a second location at 1074 Davie Street in Vancouver’s vibrant West End.

Set to open later this summer, Juke’s new location will offer its signature southern-inspired menu as well as a few fun surprises in a fully licensed, counter-service spot that will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as weekend brunch options.

To celebrate the news of the latest addition to the Juke family and the second anniversary of its launch, Juke is featuring a Fried Chicken Sandwich special at its original location at 182 Keefer Street on National Fried Chicken Day this Friday, July 6. Starting at 11 a.m., fried chicken fans can pick up Juke’s signature chicken sandwiches — made with gluten-free, free-range chicken marinated for 24 hours in buttermilk marinade and garnished with house-made barbecue sauce and slaw — in both regular and spicy varieties for just $3 each (normally $6.50) for dine-in and take-out service.

“Of course, National Fried Chicken Day is one of the biggest days of the year, at least on our calendar, so it’s the perfect time to reveal our plans to bring Juke to a new neighbourhood this summer,” says Justin Tisdall, who launched the restaurant with partners Chef Bryan Satterford and Cord Jarvie in 2016. “We can’t wait to celebrate a couple big milestones with our friends over some half-priced chicken sammies.”

Further details regarding Juke’s latest location, including food and drink menus, will be released in the coming weeks. For more information on Juke Fried Chicken or to stay up to date on all the latest developments, go to, become a fan of /jukefriedchicken on Facebook or follow @jukefriedchicken on Instagram.


TORONTO (July 4, 2018) – Grace Foods Canada Inc. has selected the seven participants to take part in this year’s 3rd annual Grace Junior Chef Culinary Competition. Set to take place on July 21, 2018, the competition is a part of the Peeks Toronto Caribbean Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day, taking place at Neilson Park in Scarborough. Through three grand prizes, Grace Foods Canada will award a total of $1,500 to three winners.

The Junior Chefs aged 9-13 will be given 90 minutes to prepare, cook and present their recipes, and will be awarded the BBQ grills they use to cook the dishes. This culinary competition provides a platform for young aspiring chefs to demonstrate their culinary skills and promote a passion for healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. It is aimed at spreading Caribbean gastronomical culture by using local products with Caribbean flavours inspired by Grace Foods.

“Grace Foods is the brand that is passed on from generation to generation,” says Ilisa Chacon, Marketing Manager, Grace Foods Canada Inc. “As we look to the future we are excited about investing in the next generation, empowering youth to honour their heritage and to pursue their passion for Caribbean-inspired food.”

The judging panel for the competition will be comprised of three judges, including Celebrity Chef Head Judge, La-toya Fagon. A Toronto culinary heavyweight, Chef La-toya is a TIFF hospitality partner, personal chef to the Toronto Raptors and the owner and chef of Twist Catering.

“This competition is so important as it both encourages culinary creativity with the fusion of bold Caribbean flavours, as well as promoting healthy eating,” says Chef La-toya Fagon, Head Judge. “I am so excited to be back for the third year of this competition, and I look forward to tasting some new and delicious creations.”

The Grace Junior Chef Culinary Competition will take place on July 21, 2018 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. in Scarborough’s Neilson Park.


TORONTO, ON, (TSX: CGX): June 28, 2018 – Cineplex, a leading entertainment and media company, today announced an expanded partnership with Uber Eats that will bring its famous popcorn and other popular concession items and combos to the doorsteps of Canadians across the country.  Whether it is date night, an evening in with friends, or a mid-week treat, movie-lovers can now bring the Cineplex experience home with the help of Uber Eats.

Starting today, popular concession items – including popcorn, candy, soft drinks, hot dogs and nachos – are available for delivery through 60 Cineplex theatres in communities across British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. 

“Cineplex has a long history of investing in innovation and today we are extending that approach beyond the walls of our theatres and into our guests’ living rooms,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex. “Following a very successful pilot program in eastern and southern Ontario earlier in the year, we are so pleased to officially expand our partnership with Uber Eats to bring a special part of the movie-going experience into Canadian homes.”

In addition to individual concession items, movie-lovers can also choose from a variety of convenient, pre-bundled combos available at the touch of a button.  By far the most popular menu item during the pilot, the ‘Cineplex Movie Night In Combo’ is exclusive to Uber Eats and provides movie-lovers with a free Cineplex Store HD movie rental, as well as two medium popcorns, two medium candies and two medium drinks for $28.99.  It’s a pretty sweet (and savoury) deal.

To celebrate the partnership, Cineplex is offering movie-lovers in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario a free Cineplex Store HD movie rental with all Uber Eats orders from June 29-July 2, 2018.  The Cineplex Store is your at home or on the go digital movie watching destination with thousands of digital new releases and catalog titles from major Hollywood, Canadian and International studios. Visit more information on delivery zones and promotion details. To find out which Cineplex theatres offer delivery through Uber Eats, simply download the Uber Eats app and enter the name of your city. 


MONTREAL, June 26, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Thai Express has been recognized by the Airports Council International- North America (ACI-NA) as the Best New Food and Beverage Quick-Service Concept for 2018. This prestigious distinction was awarded to Thai Express at the Calgary International Airport (YYC) during the recent 2018 ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards held in Portland OR on June 14, 2018.

"Thai Express is both extremely thankful and honored in receiving such an esteemed recognition by such an influential organization as the ACI-NA for being the Best New Food and Beverage Quick-Service Concept in North America", said Thai Express Vice President Dennis Ng. "We would like to share a special thank you to our Franchisee John Law for his great passion and being a true brand ambassador, the entire MTY/Thai Express team as well as the Calgary Airport Authority for providing a state of the art airport environment in which to share our love of Thai food with the world".

Thai Express, the largest franchisor of Thai Quick Casual restaurants in the world, was part of the recent YYC expansion of its International Terminal and Trans Border Terminal and operates a restaurant counter at each. This honor recognizes not only the brand's quality food offering and speed of service but its ability to adapt to the specific needs unique to the airport terminal commercial environment. Thai Express is a prime example of how today's consumer whether it be a traveller, airport staff or individuals in various traditional and non-traditional foodservice settings appreciating the diversity of food when it comes to exotic flavour and fun environments.

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