A rainbow of sushi from Xiao Eats as seen in the FBC Food Photography Flickr group

FBC2014 Sponsor Announcements

We're very excited to welcome three more sponsors to FBC2014 this week:  Gold Sponsor Food Network Canada, and Bronze Sponsors Samuel Adams and House of Anansi.  We'll be making a few final sponsor announcements over the next week so stay tuned and be sure to check out our Sponsorship page for all the details.

Tickets are still available although quantities are limited.  Don't miss out!

And if you're already purchased a double or single occupancy FBC2014 ticks - stay tuned as we announce our Four Seasons upgrade contest this week on Instagram! It's going to be a lot of fun!

McCormick's Online Cookoff

Congratulations to all the winners of the McCormick's Online Cookoff:

  • 1. Grand Prize: $2,000 + next McCormick Recipe Video: Joel Garcia with Pan Fried Lamb Chops with Mashed Potato in Cauldron Sauce
  • 2. Second Prize: $250 + McCormick Gift Basket: Donna Moreno with Must Try Pad Thai and Marietta Pangan-Dutkoski with Cantonese Bird’s Nest
  • 3. Third Prize: $150 grocery card + McCormick Gourmet Spice Rack + full collection of Filipino recipe mixes – (Consolation Prizes selected through Random Draw): Joe De Los Santos with Seafood Medley Curry, Louie Alcomendras with Pork Adobo Cabbage Rolls, Mayet Tagapulot with Pasta a la More (Fettuccini with Chicken and Shitake Mushroom in Adobo Puti),  Melissa Stiles with Mellow East, and Pierre Trudel with Frisee & Oyster Mushroom Salad

And congratulations are also in order to Dee De Los Santos of Gastrofork for winning the McCormick Spice rack in the separate FBC contest for members who participated in the McCormick's sampling offer. (and yes, that's Dee's Dad who won a third prize in the recipe contest!)  Here's a picture of Dee's fully stocked spice rack!

Niagara Food Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in our giveaway of Tiffany Mayer's new book, Niagara Food: A Flavourful History of the Peninsula's Bounty.  We have 5 winners to announce today:

  • Selina Eprile
  • Joy Kelly Mills
  • Jenny L
  • Ksenia
  • Linda

Melissa will be in touch with everyone soon for their mailing addresses so we can get your books out.  And thanks to Tiffany and Dundurn Press for generously sharing 5 copies with our readers!

Canadian Living is Coming to Vancouver

Canadian Living is coming to Vancouver for the very first time and Thanksgiving Favourites are on the agenda! Annabelle Waugh, Canadian Living's Food Editor will be holding court at the Miele Centre Vancouver. Don't miss out!


YYC Pizza Week

Friday Sept 26th marks the debut of YYC Pizza Week which runs until October 5th.  Presented by the makers of YYC Burger Week, the event supports Calgary Meals on Wheels.

Over 40 of Calgary’s best Pizza Restaurants and Participants will engage in a 10 day Pizza Battle, putting up their best pizza in one of three categories; Thin, Thick, Unique. Partial proceeds of every pizza sold will go to Calgary Meals On Wheels.  Winners in each category will be determined by an online public vote, and announced at a wrap party the following week. A monopoly style passport will be handed out to the public encouraging them to visit the restaurants, taste the pizzas, and get their passports stamped to win prizes!

RELATED:  FBC Weekly News for November 4th, 2013

9 local Food Bloggers are participating in a Food Blogger Pizza Challenge right now! They were given 3 Mystery Ingredients (Anchovies, Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Chestnut Puree) and asked to pick one to use and create a pizza. They will be posting their pizza photos on the YYC Pizza website and winners will be chosen by public vote.

FBC Member Pierre Lamielle from Food On Your Shirt and the Chopped Canada Champion is the creator of the Pizza Strong YYC Pizza Week T-shirts. Food On Your Shirt is selling the Pizza Week t-shirts on their website www.foodonyourshirt.com with partial proceeds of every shirt sold going to Calgary Meals on Wheels and Pierre is MCing our Media Launch next week!

Keep an eye out - we'll be regramming some of the great YYC Pizza Week photos on our instagram feed!

Taste Canada Food Writing Awards Gala Tickets

Tickets for the Taste Canada Food Writing Awards Gala are now on sale.   The awards celebrate the best of Canadian culinary publishing each year in Toronto.  This year's awards gala is Monday October 20 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Arcadian Court.

Meet the authors, the event's host Ricardo, industry leaders, culinary professionals, restaurant owners, chefs and fellow food lovers while tasting delicious dishes, wines and beers at the reception hosted by Gusto TV and top Toronto chefs and restaurants.

Early bird tickets are available for $85 on Eventbrite.  Media and Bloggers can request short list news releases and apply for a limited number of press passes for accredited media outlets who would like to cover the awards through Crave PR

New Members

We’re very happy to welcome a whole new batch of Canadian food bloggers to the FBC family this week – welcome aboard everyone!

Business Members

And remember, if you have anything you’d like to share with your fellow members in the news, please let us know about it.  To have your submission appear in a Monday news post, the deadline is Friday at 5pm Pacific time.  You can send your 3-4 sentence submissions directly to Melissa and include any relevant links.

As always, Ethan & Melissa


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