My name is Don Genova, and I am a journalist who specializes in writing and broadcasting about food and travel.
It all started at a 5,000 watt radio station in Terrace, BC. No, seriously! My first job in radio was with a private radio station in Terrace in 1983. Since then I’ve been a journalist in print, radio, television and the internet, all over Canada. In 1997 I started to specialize covering the food and travel scene in Canada and abroad.
From 2006 to 2007, I lived in Colorno, Italy, near Parma. (yeah, home of Parmesan cheese and Parma ham) I earned a Masters of Food Culture at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, and if you click on this Parma Palate link you can read about my adventures in Italy and some other gastronomic hot spots of Europe.
My food journalism has been seen and heard on:
- CBC Radio andTelevision
- The Food Network
- National Public Radio in the U.S.
- The Globe and Mail
- The National Post
- BC Business Magazine
- Northwest Palate
- and Western Living, among others
I also teach courses in freelance food and travel writing at the University of British Columbia. Before pandemic, I was a cooking instructor at Kilrenny Farm, Cook Culture, and The London Chef. Now I do live streaming cooking classes from my custom-built kitchen. I also create a feature called ‘Foodie Friday’ for Russell Books in Victoria, in which I profile cookbooks and their authors. You can watch all of my Foodie Friday episodes on my YouTube channel.
I am also the author of ‘Food Artisans of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands’, a detailed guide to the wonderful creators of foods and beverages in my region. Work is now under way on the second edition!