Hi there … welcome to a new version of what I do: andrewcoppolino.com.

I’m about where to eat and what to eat … and who’s cooking it in and around Waterloo Region and Wellington and Perth counties.

From pupusas among the unique international culinary offerings from a wide world of food cultures found in downtown Kitchener to the pig tails and rolled ribs that are the foundation of “Waterloo County Fare,” this is an instructive and friendly resource for food lovers in Waterloo Region and beyond.

Andrew Coppolino (Photo/Zac Jolliffe).

I’m a Waterloo Region-based food commentator and food columnist for CBC Kitchener-Waterloo 89.1 and the Kitchener Post. I write about food in various print publications, including as food columnist for The Kitchener Post.

I’ve published in Culinary Trends and Restaurant Report magazines (US), Avenue Calgary, Whiskey Magazine (UK) and am co-author with University of Waterloo’s Dr. Mark Morton of Cooking with Shakespeare (Greenwood Press, 2008).

I was formerly restaurant reviewer with the Waterloo Region Record and Echo Weekly.

In 2018, I published Farm to Table: Celebrating Stratford Chefs School Alumni, Recipes & Perth County Producers (Swan Parade Press).

The book is part history of this important culinary school, which has had a significant impact across the country; part cook book with amazing photos by Terry Manzo, a Stratford Chefs School graduate; and, part profile and mini-biography of the food producers and chefs in this part of southwestern Ontario and its rich and fertile farm land.

To get here, I credit some time spent cooking professionally as apprentice chef in a restaurant kitchen in downtown Kitchener. That experience helped me decide that I wanted to work with food from the other side of the stove — so I started writing about it.

There is little doubt that the greatest satisfaction I get today is being able to be a de facto ambassador (he humbly intones) for the cooks and restaurateurs in this tough industry. I love being able to support them as they ply their craft and trade and make delicious food to eat that is the key contributor to a robust and vibrant community.