The fourth season of You Gotta Eat Here! kicks off tonight with even more amazing comfort food stops across Canada. In this latest season, host John Catucci  explores more places south of the border.

We visited John on set at San Remo Bakery in Etobicoke, Ontario, and he named four hot food trends he’s noticing right now.The-Jammery---Edit-IMG_3558
John Catucci, with a pretty excited fan, in an upcoming episode in the new fourth season of You Gotta Eat Here!

Trend #1: Doughnuts are the new cupcakes.
We’ve also noticed that gourmet doughnut shops have been popping up a lot across Canada. These aren’t your regular Timmy doughnuts. Doughnuts are now getting the artisanal treatment, being made from scratch and with the finest ingredients.
Image courtesy of Von Doughnuts.

You’ll see Von Doughnuts, a doughnut shop that makes their doughnuts from scratch all day, every day, in an upcoming episode this season.

Trend #2: Pies are bigger than cakes.
John is pretty happy about this trend as he loves a good apple or strawberry rhubarb pie. But it’s not just sweet pies that are trending. Savoury pies are having their moment, too. What’s not to love about something delicious wrapped in a flaky, buttery pastry? Nothing.

This season’s You Gotta Eat Here! travels to Salmon Arm, BC to visit Shuswap Pie Company, a small and darling pie shop that serves hot coffee and lots o’pie made from scratch.
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Mouth-watering pies left to right from Shuswap Pie Company : Blueberry Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Pecan Pie. 

Trend #3:  Everything is made from scratch.
It’s not enough that your delicious meal is cooked to order. Chefs are making sure that all the components of your dish are made from scratch. From the cinnamon rolls used to make a country French toast breakfast, to the in-house cured bacon accompanying it, that’s exactly what you’l find at Emma’s Country Kitchen, a homey breakfast and lunch joint featured in this season of YGEH!

John also mentioned eating at a restaurant that baked their own bread, cured their own deli meats and made all their condiments. “You could definitely feel and taste it in the final product,” he added. Now that’s taking homemade to the delicious extreme.

Emma's Country kitchen

Made from scratch — baked breakfast treats and country French toast from Emma’s Country Kitchen. 

Trend #4: Bacon is still very big.
We’re not surprised at all that bacon is still holding strong. John may personally have something to do with that. He told us if he had to open his own restaurant, “it would just be bacon.” When asked to elaborate, he replied: “It’s a little place. The bacon is cooked, you come in, you get a couple of slices of bacon and you walk out. Simple as that. Just straight up bacon.” The man loves his bacon. Enough said.

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