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Meet the Team


A message from Publisher Andrea Coates

Welcome to the Sunshine Coast Palate

We are delighted to be bringing you this deep dive into the food and drink culture of British Columbia’s Lower Sunshine Coast.


From Gibsons to xwesam (Roberts Creek) to ch’atlich (Sechelt) to salalus (Madeira Park) to Egmont, we aim to represent all that this unique region has to offer a passionate foodie. Our vision for this magazine is to provide a fun, funky, informative and inventive look at what makes food and drink on the Sunshine Coast happen, from farming to fishing to foraging, to the people and businesses that keep us fed from nature’s bounty at the Sunshine Coast’s tremendous variety of restaurants, pop-ups, breweries and food trucks, to home cooks sharing their favorite recipes.


Sunshine Coast Palate is a free, ad supported magazine that aims to promote Sunshine Coast businesses to visitors and locals alike. We are interested in working with businesses to showcase the range and abundance of great food and beverage options on the Coast. If you like what you see here and care to join us for this edition, please be in touch. I am eager to discuss how Sunshine Coast Palate can help meet your advertising needs during these challenging, unprecedented, but innovation-inspiring times.


A note from Jody "Shaggy Jack" Franklin, Editor & Art Director

A Dynamic New Local Food Magazine

Sunshine Coast Palate is a labour of love and a direct product of my participation in the local food scene the past few years, where I'm best known as "Shaggy Jack," mushroom forager and educator.

I've had the pleasure of tabling at farmers' markets, dealing with chefs, and working alongside local farmers, foragers and food artisans.


In editing and designing this new local food magazine, I am enthusiastically furthering this engagement with the folks in our community by offering food producers and providers with an ongoing platform to share their experience and expertise, opinions and adventures, in the world of local food.


From tackling important issues around food sustainability to covering the people and their ventures that sustain us, Sunshine Coast Palate aims to reflect the diversity and creativity in our local food community. Utilizing bold, contemporary design schemes, we hope to inspire consumers and producers alike to delve deeper into the collective palate of the Sunshine Coast.


We are happy to be working with local food writers and photographer extraordinaire Chloe Langmaid to help bring the highest quality possible editorial and visual content to Coastal foodies.


If you are a writer with a story to pitch, have a recipe or DIY tips, or have an idea for a local food story we should cover, contact me.


About Sunshine Coast Palate




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Restaurants & Chefs 

We profile local chefs and their restaurants & food stands, delve into their creative approaches to cuisine, & explore the challenges of the food industry. 


Issues & Education 

We explore issues of food security and sustainability, and offer articles that inform and educate folks from the perspective of local food producers and providers. 


Farmers, Foragers & Fishers 

We take an intimate look into the lives and processes of the passionate personalities who gather and grow food in our region.


Artisanal Producers 

We cover the work of small-scale craft makers 

of artisanal food products, from breweries to chocolatiers, herbalists to juicers, and beyond.


Tips, Tricks, Recipes & Hacks 

We encourage a DIY approach to growing, gathering, processing & cooking food, & tap local experts to provide educational resources to help folks do it for themselves. 



An Ad-Supported Magazine

Social Media Savvy Marketing 

We utilize social media platforms such as Instagram & Facebook to amplify the products & issues of local food producers & providers. 


Interactive Community Engagement 

The Sunshine Coast Palate team will be engaging the community directly, sharing & promoting the magazine weekly at our stand at Gibsons Farmers Market @ Persephone Brewing every Sunday May thru September. This is an excellent opportunity to promote local food providers featured in our magazine in direct conversation with both Coast residents & visitors.


Distributed Freely & Widely 

4,000 free ad-supported magazines will be distributed starting on the May long weekend, through the summer tourist season. From Horseshoe Bay to Egmont, you may find copies on BC Ferries, in restaurants, pubs, cafes, grocery stores & specialty food shops, & at farmers market stands & local festivals. 



Andrea Coates 
Publisher & Ad Manager

Andrea is a Gibsons-based writer, artist & cultural entrepreneur with a passion for good food.


Her new foray into publishing follows two years working for The Local Weekly & their magazine publications, Sunshine Coast Business & Sunshine Coast Homes & Decor.


After co-founding Orca's Pod community arts hub in Gibsons this past summer, Andrea entered into a self-employment training program to start her own media, small press book & magazine publishing company, Salmonberry Media Group. Sunshine Coast Palate is the first imprint of her new venture. 


Jody Franklin
Editor & Art Director

Jody has been best known on the Sunshine Coast as his alter ego "Shaggy Jack," a wild mushroom forager who supplies local restaurants & markets, and teaches a highly popular class, Shaggy Jack's Wild Mushroom Foraging For Beginners, in which he brings groups of people out into the forest on educational mushroom expeditions.


A multidisciplinary artist, Jody has an extensive background in creative media, including a stint working for CBC Radio as a segment producer, wrtier, & on-air personality, as well as producing videos & web projects for CBC Radio 3. He co-founded two magazines, MungBeing and The Misfit Library, and served as editor for


In 2020, Jody & Andrea co-founded Orca's Pod, a community arts hub in Gibsons, where they curated a group art show inspired by The Beachcombers.


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