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atdrink has served the community of London, Stratford and Southwestern Ontario with entertaining and enlightening stories about the finer aspects of eating and drinking since 2007. In June 2018, a new “sister” edition for Waterloo Region & Wellington County made its debut, bringing a fresh look to an exciting culinary scene. Our tightly focused magazine is printed bimonthly in both markets, and our website is updated frequently in order to stay fresh, current to the season and timely with news. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are also critical cogs in how Eatdrink gets out the news. Frequent posts enable us to profile more of the exciting businesses and vibrant personalities that populate our region, print more wonderful recipes, recommend more interesting products and share more great stories.

We offer a free and enhanced digital version of our print magazine online in order to share more information than print allows. Every story is also available separately online, and back issues are archived and searchable. Eatdrink is easy to pick up but hard to put down. The magazine is on the web and distributed in print through hundreds of pickup locations including hotels, theatres, tourist information sites, libraries, restaurants, cafes and other food & drink businesses. We serve advertisers by delivering readers and serve readers by giving them exciting content, in print and online.

Our magazine and website offer concrete evidence of the rich culinary culture of our region. We reject both snobbery and garbage, and embrace creativity, authenticity, talent, diversity, excellence, value and enthusiasm. Our amazing team of writers reflects our community. Some hail from professional kitchens, some have international credentials and some are passionate amateurs, but all are committed to telling interesting stories well.

Publisher Chris McDonell brings integrity and a widely diverse background in publishing to the task of making Eatdrink a vital part of the food and drink scene in Southwestern Ontario. He takes a hands-on role in assigning writers, determining editorial content and ensuring effective delivery. Chris has made his living as a graphic artist, writer, editor, publisher and sales representative for a variety of publications. He founded Complete Health magazine in Eastern Ontario, has compiled four restaurant recipe books and authored For the Love of Hockey and five other sports books.

Food Editor and Writer at Large Bryan Lavery brings years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, as a chef, restaurant owner and consultant. His writing is imbued with a commitment to telling the story accurately and honestly, with his passion for the culinary world always in evidence. Always on the lookout for the stories that Eatdrink should be telling, he helps shape the magazine both under his byline and behind the scenes.

Andrew Coppolino is a Kitchener-based writer and broadcaster. Serving as Editorial Consultant for Waterloo Region & Wellington County, he also writes for Eatdrink and helps compile “The BUZZ” column. Andrew holds a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Waterloo and has taught at UW, the universities of Guelph, Toronto and Toledo, Conestoga College, and at the Stratford Chefs School. As a restaurant reviewer and columnist, Andrew has published in a large variety of magazines and is co-author of Cooking with Shakespeare (Greenwood Press). He also remains food columnist with the Kitchener Post and CBC Radio Kitchener-Waterloo 89.1 FM. 

Managing Editor Cecilia Buy wears many hats at Eatdrink, helping guide our editorial process and ensuring the magazine upholds its commitment to its readers in every way. From assigning writers, keeping deadlines met, editing the magazine and laying out pages, she keeps things rolling smoothly.

Dear Eatdrink Community Members,

Eatdrink is officially on hiatus as far as publishing a magazine but we look forward to our return once we can all safely be together again. In the meantime, please follow Eatdrinkmag on social media, where we continue to promote local businesses that offer timely and creative ways to enjoy quality food and drink to appreciative customers. We are grieving the devastating toll that this pandemic is taking, with precious lives lost and businesses and creative people facing crises that are entirely out of their control. We are all in this together, so let’s support local initiatives as much as possible, now and forever.

Once conditions allow safe social interaction, including dining out, shopping and travel, Eatdrink will be back in magazine form to help businesses and readers find each other and celebrate our rich culinary culture.

Today, the future is uncertain but we anticipate tremendous consumer enthusiasm once people get back to work and play. We are looking at all the various ways that we can support financially-stressed businesses with affordable and effective ways to help them get back on their feet. Readers will find the Eatdrink magazine they love, with a few new and interesting changes, still free and worth reading cover to cover.

Take Care,
Chris McDonell
Publisher


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