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Waterloo Region’s food scene wants a slice of the pie

Posted by Nick And Taylor Make A Food Show on Monday, January 29, 2018

March 20, 2018 by Allison Leonard for tvo.org 

WATERLOO – People like to argue about Pepi’s Pizza. The downtown Kitchener institution divides locals who have spent late nights crammed into its poorly lit booths. They debate whether the signature tomato sauce is too sweet. They argue whether the “munchie sub” is Kitchener’s crown jewel or just another messy sandwich.

Restaurateur Nick Benninger and filmmaker Taylor Jackson don’t take sides over the culinary merit behind the munchie sub, or the sweetness of Pepi’s pizza sauce. What they care about is the fact that people are talking about the distinctive foods of Waterloo Region. These are the kinds of arguments that inspired the food-focused documentary series they’re producing.

Nick Benniger and Taylor Jackson at Pepi's Pizza

Benninger and Jackson are co-producers of Nick and Taylor Make a Food Show, an eight-episode, Indiegogo-funded series highlighting Waterloo Region’s increasingly — and perhaps unexpectedly — hip restaurants, restaurateurs and food scene.

Minto Schneider, CEO of the Waterloo Region Tourism and Marketing Corporation, says the food scene evolved to serve the tech community, and “as [restaurants] saw success in their new competitors, they changed menus, opened different hours, offered catering [and] food trucks. The new demand is driving growth.”

Nick & Taylor Make A Food Show will launch on April 5 at Princess Cinema in Waterloo and be available online shortly after.

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