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About Kate

“Kate Zimmerman writes like Erma Bombeck crossed with Details magazine.”
- Valerie Fortney, Calgary Herald columnist and former editor, Avenue magazine

“Kate Zimmerman makes Erma Bombeck look like Scott Feschuk.”
- David Murray, feature writer, Chicago Tribune

Lifestyle Features and Humour | Food and Wine | Editor | Corporate Writing | Arts and Entertainment | Career Highlights | Awards

Lifestyle Features and Humour

Kate Zimmerman’s vivacious lifestyle features, impertinent interviews and sardonic humour columns have appeared in newspapers and magazines across Canada, including:

  • Globe and Mail
  • National Post
  • Swerve
  • Chatelaine
  • Calgary Herald
  • City Palate
  • Edmonton Palate
  • Readers Digest
  • Wine Access
  • Alberta Parent
  • North Shore News - flagship column, Going Coastal, weekly since 2001.
Her Chatelaine feature on competitive barbecue was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in the Humour category in 2000.

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Food and Wine

Kate won the award for Best Food Magazine Feature from the U.S.-based Association of Food Journalists in 2006, an honour given to Anthony Bourdain the previous year, for her piece on artisanal cheese called Reign of Terroir (see Kate’s Blog). She has contributed features about food and wine to many publications including:

  • National Post
  • Wine Access
  • City Palate
  • Flavours
  • Eat
  • Melbourne Palate
  • Vancouver Sun - weekly column on cocktails and other interesting potables
  • The Weekend Post - interviews chefs and cookbook authors for a column called Table Talk

While she has written a great deal recently about food, wine and other drinks, she has varied interests, which include home décor, film, theatre, books and comedy.

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Editor

She is an accomplished copy editor and contributing editor as well, having filled those roles over the years at:

  • Chatelaine
  • Calgary Herald
  • City Palate
  • Georgia Straight
  • Cookbook Company
  • Look West
  • Avenue Homes - founding editor

Kate’s editing strengths include thoroughness, diligence and attention to detail.

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Corporate Writing

Corporate publicationsKate’s clients have included:

  • The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
  • City of Vancouver
  • Vancity Credit Union
  • B.C. Cancer Agency
  • B.C. Ferries
  • BC Hydro
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing
  • Suncor Energy
  • Petro-Canada
  • Imperial Oil
  • Shell Canada
  • NOVA Petrochemicals
  • Pacific Forest Products
  • Fletcher Challenge Forests
  • Langara College
  • North Shore Health Board
  • Cookbook Company
  • North Shore Chamber of Commerce

Her writing for these clients has included:

  • Major reports
  • Video scripts
  • Employee newsletters
  • Company histories
  • Executive profiles
  • Letters on behalf of executives
  • Speeches
  • Media releases
  • Media story ideas
  • Travel and educational brochures

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Arts and Entertainment

Kate began her career more than 30 years ago as an arts and entertainment reporter, critic and columnist for the Calgary Herald, where she worked for 13 years. She has also written about the arts for the Georgia Straight, the Calgary Straight, Avenue, Big Picture and Prime Time. Eleven of Kate’s articles and columns were featured in the book Best of City Palate. She is the co-author of The Lobster Kids’ Guide to Exploring Calgary.

Kate lives with her two children and her husband, cookbook author and communications specialist Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk, in North Vancouver, B.C.

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Career highlights

  • MagazineColumnist:
    • Vancouver Sun
    • National Post
    • Calgary Herald
    • City Palate
    • Alberta Parent
    • North Shore News
    • Avenue
  • Feature writer:
    • Globe and Mail
    • National Post
    • Vancouver Sun
    • Calgary Herald
    • Chatelaine
    • Homemaker’s
    • Reader’s Digest
    • City Palate
    • Avenue
    • Flavours
    • Look West
    • Province
    • Today’s Parent
    • Toronto Star
    • Up!
    • Western Living
    • Wine Access
  • Co-author:
    • The Lobster Kids’ Guide to Exploring Calgary
    • Best of City Palate, 11 articles selected for collection
  • Editor:
    • Founding editor, Avenue Homes
    • Former contributing editor, Chatelaine
    • Copy Editor, City Palate
  • Awards:
    • National Magazine Award finalist, humour category, 2000

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Awards

  • Best Magazine Food Feature Reporting 2006, (U.S.) Association of Food Journalists
  • National Magazine Award finalist, humour category, 2000

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