Toronto Monday, November 19th, 2001
Loving Spoonfuls, WTN's irreverent cooking series is re-uniting twenty-four grandmothers from past episodes for a hilarious and heartwarming interfaith special to be telecast on WTN December 19 at 9pm (est).
Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali, and Ramadan will all be honoured and celebrated in this tribute to Canada's treasured multicultural grandmothers and their cooking.
David Gale, a recent Gemini Award winner for his role as Host of Loving Spoonfuls, will of course host this delightful special. David and two dozen of his favourite grannies will break fresh ground by getting together to prepare delicious holiday treats, taste each other's food, and celebrate each other's festivals at a gala dinner party. The bubbies, nonas, and omas, cook, sing, dance and share stories in a fast-paced, hilarious hour crammed with character, culture, and food.
Highlights include: David simultaneously cooking five different holiday dishes with five grandmothers and one grandfather; a spontaneous kitchen "Hora " featuring Winnipeg Bubbie Ruth Zimmer; British "Grand-mama" Sylvia Evans and Swiss "Oma" Heidy Kuhner accompanied by Montreal "Grand-mere" Regine Frankel on the accordion; and a touching dinner scene featuring prayers and blessings from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Jewish grandmothers.
The climax of the evening is a musical-comedy tribute to grandmothers of all cultures performed by David, cheered on by his biggest fans -- the grandmothers themselves. Executive Producer Allan Novak has created a holiday special unlike any other. Novak, a former award-winning editor (The Newsroom, Married Life, and Kids in the Hall) and an accomplished director (CODCO, Comics! and Mike Myers' early comedy work) declares, "this is the grandmother of all television specials. With the world in turmoil, it's time to make cookies not war." Novak together with host David Gale co-produced and co-wrote the show.
Linda Kash a well-known performer (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Second City mainstage) and producer/director (Go Girls) directed the special.
The Loving Spoonfuls Holiday Special premieres on Wednesday, December 19 at 9 p.m. (EST), with repeat screenings on Saturday, December 22 at 5 p.m. (EST) and Sunday, December 23 at 6 p.m. (EST)
For more information or to set up interviews contact:
Ingrid Hamilton (GAT Publicity) firstname.lastname@example.org
High Resolution photographs available at lovingspoonfuls.com - Press Gallery
Toronto Loving Spoonfuls, the irreverent documentary-style cooking series with grandmothers premieres with 26 new episodes Monday, October 1st at 6:00 PM EST on the Womens Television Network.
Loving Spoonfuls Season 3 offers twenty six new eclectic and irreverent grandmothers (and one special surprise "grand-uncle") with host David Gale assisting them in their shopping, cooking, singing and dancing needs. In the Premiere episode (October 1st) Evelyn Koop, an Estonian grandmother (and former Olympic judge) makes traditional Estonian dishes while at the same time organizing "The Koop Cup" an Olympic-level rhythmic gymnastics meet featuring competitors from all over the world. As she multi-tasks all day long, the results are unpredictable and hilarious in classic Loving Spoonfuls fashion.
Series highlights include: "Mahassin Bukhari's Diplomatic Delicacies" where we meet the wife of a former Sudanese diplomat who tells tales of meeting Indira Gandhi, President Nasser of Egypt and Pope John Paul; "Geoffery and the Queen of England", our first ever non-Grandmother episode where popular restauranteur Geoffrey Pimblett (of Pimblett's in Toronto) proves that some men can do it all as well as any grandmother (and that includes looking good in a tiara and a dress) and "Ruthy Gale: the Mother of all Episodes" our revealing final episode where host David Gale returns home to Winnipeg to cook with his mother.
Other series highlights include Giesele Wuensch a Winnipeg grandmother and former Burlesque entertainer who teaches David that "you gotta have boobs"; Elena Turroni the 91-year old cookbook author and living legend of Welland Ontario; our first French Canadian episode Francoise Bradette-Nimbley of Montreal who teaches David about Tourtiere and Poutine and Winnie Field a hilarious Cockney grandmother and World War II hero who is the subject of a play recently performed at the Royal Ontario Museum called The Light in Winnie's Window.
New to the creative team this year is director Linda Kash , an actress (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Second City mainstage) and producer/director (Go Girls). Linda adds her considerable talents in improv comedy to help make this season more unpredictable and comedic than ever before. Also returning to direct episodes this year is Gail Singer an award-winning documentary filmmaker (Wisecracks) and food journalist.
With his strong comedic bent, creator/producer Allan Novak continues to redefine what a cooking show can be, along with the wonderful antics of host David Gale whose warmth and humour continues to charm the Bubbies. Novak, (a former director of CODCO, Mike Myers' early CBC work and editor of Ken Finkleman's The Newsroom and Married Life) also announced that a Loving Spoonfuls book is in the works featuring the recipes and life stories of many of the grandmothers featured in the first three seasons.
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