The Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdowns happened across Canada the last few weeks - like this one in Calgary captured by Vincci from Ceci n'est pas un food blog in the FBC Flickr Group.

brought to you by Janes Family Foods.

Monthly Winners With Janes and Arla

The first news of December means it's time for November winners!

First up we have free product vouchers from our Weekly News Sponsor,  Janes Family Foods, for one randomly drawn member. brought up member 693 which is.. Photomining! Congrats Terry.  Melissa will be in touch for your mailing details.

Next up we have $25 in gift certificates from our Featured Member Blog sponsor, Arla foods.  This goes out to one of November’s Featured Member Blogs and we had five Featured blogs last month. chose…#4 -  Seven Spoons. Congrats Tara – Melissa will be in touch shortly for your mailing info!

FBC2014 Conference

We have had so many emails, twitter DMs, FB messages and in person questions about if/when/where will there be an FBC2014.  So we are pretty darn excited to let you all know that FBC2014 is a go!   Be sure to drop by the site tomorrow when we'll be making our "Save the Date" announcement!

Team Food Gypsy Takes 5th Place at the World Burger Championship

FBC Members Team Food Gypsy placed 5th overall in the World Burger Championships at the World food Championships in Las Vegas last month.  As a result they'll be featured as a top ten finalist in the upcoming six part television series airing spring 2014 on A&E networks.  As the top finishing Canadian team they brought home a $1,000 cheque, a shiney metal and memories to last a lifetime.  You can read all about their experience on their blog.

Big congrats to Corinna Horton and her teammate Dianne Meagher!  Can't wait to see the TV special!

Eat Halifax Wins At the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia Awards

Congratulations are also in order for FBC Regional Admin, Kathy Jollimore.  Her blog, Eat Halifax, won the best Food & Beverage Media Award at the annual Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia Awards!  To qualify for the award the winner had to display

Exceptional promotion of the food & beverage industry of Nova Scotia via one or more types of food journalism: reporting, feature writing, column writing, restaurant reviews, special projects/series, magazine food writing, blogs, social media ambassador and food visuals

That certainly describes Eat Halifax in a nutshell and we couldn't be prouder of Kathy and are so glad she's part of our team!

Kathy Jollimore - Eat Halifax

KitchenAid Giveaway

Melanie at MBA Mama Musings is currently giving away a KitchenAid 13 cup Food Processor with ExactSlice on her blog and she wanted to share with her fellow FBC Members in case any of your are interested in entering.  Not a bad prize!

Kitchen Aid Cook For the Cure

Speaking of KitchenAid, just a reminder that we are heading into the home stretch for fundraising for the KitchenAid Canada Cook for the Cure.  Fundraising ends on December 6th so there is certainly time to raise a few dollars yourselves or contribute to the campaigns of one of your fellow food bloggers.

RELATED:  Weekly News for July 15, 2013

And... FBC members who are participating, don't forget to let us know if you meet the $250 target to be entered into our draw for a Raspberry Ice Stand Mixer!

Share Your Holiday Entertaining Recipes and Tips

As we gear up for the holidays we're building some epic seasonal Pinterest boards with your best posts.  Our seasonal boards have done really well, getting lots of repins and traffic so we're starting early so you can all get some traction.  Check the site every Thursday for Pin It Thursday and feel free to share your recipe or entertaining ideas for a repin.

Last week's board was Holiday Entertaining.  It's not too late to contribute - just be sure to add your link to the comments of the Pin It Thursday post.  And check back this Thursday for our latest theme!

Sneak Peek of What's Coming This Week

We've got lots happening leading up to the holidays and here's a peek at what's coming your way on the site.

  • Tuesday: FBC2014 Save the Date Announcement and the FBC Newsletter hits your inboxes
  • Wednesday - Mardi Michels from eat. live. travel. write will be sharing some tips from Dianne Jacob on earning income from your blog - including some you may not have considered before! (and we'll have a giveaway too!)
  • Thursday - Pin It Thursday.  It's cookie swap season so give us your best Christmas cookie and treats
  • Thursday - The Power of the Cookie - join us as we celebrate the spirit of giving this season
  • Friday - our Featured Member blog - who will it be?
  • Weekend - we will be migrating our site to a brand spanking new server with more juice in anticipation of our site redesign in January.  We may experience a few hiccups over the weekend.  Please be patient!

New Members

A big welcome to all our new members this week - we're glad to have you aboard!

Members Abroad

Two new ex-pats joined us this week!

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,

Melissa and Ethan

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A Canadian Foodie

What a fantastic newsy post. Absolutely thrilled about the announcement tomorrow – and am a tad worried about the date as Spring is already so booked for me. My fingers are crossed! Kudos to the two of you for pulling this off. Not an easy task!

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