Maple Custard
Maple Custard from the Local Kitchener as seen in the FBC Food Photography Group

Monday, Monday... can't trust that day!

But you can trust all the news we've got for you this week - from casting calls to contests - so let's kick it off!

The 31 Day Blog Cleanup Challenge

If today is January 20th, then that means we are on Day 20 of the FBC 31 Day Blog Challenge.  We've been covering everything from cleaning up sidebars to networking to blog tech in bite sized chunks.  We've had lots of great feedback and discussion on many of the topics so if you've missed out or are a new blogger, you'll want to check out the whole series.

GustoTV Casting Call

Many of you have heard of GustoTV, Canada's newest food and lifestyle channel.  They are currently casting for two new original food television series.

The first series celebrates global cuisine and the second show's theme is being kept under wraps.  You don't need to be a professional to audition but you must be:

  • a foodie
  • know how to cook (REALLY, really cook!)
  • you have a BIG, fun personality.

If that's you, then all the details you need to apply can be found on GustoTV's Casting Call page.  You could be a star!

BlogShop - Photoshop for Bloggers

Blogshop has been around for a while - it's two day long workshop for bloggers who want to get more out of Photoshop: learning how to create photo layouts, prep images for collages, retouch and colour correct etc.  Unfortunately, it has always been a travelling workshop that you could only attend if it hit your city and the price tag is high (and they always sells out fast!).  Until now.  Blogshop is now available on-line with the latest class scheduled for Feb 25 & 26th - at a considerable discount from the in-person workshop.  If this is something you've always wanted to attend, this could be the perfect opportunity.

RELATED:  Weekly News for September 9th, 2013

Cooking With Coconut Oil Giveaway Winner

We're happy to announce the winner of Elizabeth Nyland's Cooking With Coconut Oil this week.  Congratulations to Britta from Red Bike in a Grey World. We hope you enjoy your book! Melissa will be in touch shortly for your mailing details!

The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook Giveaway

We're also excited to be giving away a copy of David Ort's Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, full of recipes for cooking with beer, along with beer pairing and more!  Click on the link to enter to win.  The deadline for entries is Friday, January 24th, 9pm pacific time.

MasterChef Canada Premiere

MasterChef Canada premieres tonight on CTV at 8pm Eastern Time.  We know many of you auditioned for the show and many of you are excited to watch. We even have an FBC member participating:  Dale Kuda from Dining with Dale. Good luck Dale!

New Members

Big welcome to all our new members this week!  Great to see members from coast to coast!

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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