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The Team

Daiene Vernile


Thirty-six years broadcasting experience, including CKCO-TV Kitchener, KRGV-TV Texas, and CHIN Radio Toronto.

Producer/Host of two radio documentaries aired on CKWR-FM 98.5. Former Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, and Ontario MPP. Beyond active community-building, you’ll find Daiene in her garden, growing organic produce, or in the kitchen happily cooking her favourite Italian family recipes.

Andrew Coppolino


Andrew is a writer-broadcaster and former restaurant reviewer for the Waterloo Region Record, and a food columnist for both Metroland newspapers and CBC-KW. As a food writer, Andrew has been dedicated to promoting and nurturing culinary businesses, and advocating for local chefs, restaurants, and food businesses.

Paul Francescutti


Paul brings 30+ years experience as a TV Producer/Director & Documentary Filmmaker for CKCO-TV. His previous radio documentaries for CKWR-FM, 98.5, each had a food element. Paul has recorded in Africa, Central & South America.

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