The 100-Mile Challenge

Sun., May 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Food Network

Bringing their 100 day experiences into perspective, Mission’s 100-milers feel a mix of relief and
gratitude as the challenge comes to a close. How has 100 days of local eating affected the families’
approach to food? What are they eating in the days after the challenge ends? How much weight did the
participants lose? Do they feel healthier and more connected to their food? Do they intend to continue to
source from within the 100-mile zone? After the conclusion of the challenge, James and Alisa and the
100-milers gather one last time for a final look back at 100 unforgettable days.

Sun., May 3 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Food Network

Heading into the home stretch, the challengers are feeling the benefits of local eating, but James and Alisa are intent on pushing them farther. Angela St. Cyr is given a rare opportunity to learn from Vancouver-based Raincity Grill’s executive chef Robert Clark while Sherida Peters is tutored by her sister-in-law to help her cook without a recipe. Meanwhile, 14-year-old Cassie Clark Vernon gets in touch with her roots by assisting a First Nations elder prepare a traditional meal. The Weremchuk Williams go fruit picking, pushing Steve’s agoraphobia boundaries even further. Finally, Angela St. Cyr treats some of the other 100-milers to a three-course dinner while Randy Hawes serves up a 100-mile barbecue meal he auctioned off earlier in the summer.

Sun. Apr. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Food Network

As the challenge reaches the halfway point, the participating families reflect on their experience thus far
and speculate on the road ahead. James shakes things up by turning the tables on the 100-milers,
insisting that the non-cooks get kitchen experience. Mike St. Cyr works hard to pull off a birthday dinner
for his wife Angela, while Alma Hawes and Alisa band together to make an elaborate dinner for Randy
and James. The Weremchuk Williams go trout fishing and have to catch and prepare the fish. The Clark
Vernons turn their lamb “Duncan” into “Dunc-links” sausage meat with herbs from Johanna Clark’s
garden and bartered salt from Angela St. Cyr’s mother Ellen.

Sun. Apr. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Food Network

James and Alisa call a summit meeting for the 100-milers to address concerns and lay down four main
rules for the remaining 75 days of the challenge. The first three cover what can and cannot be eaten on
the challenge while the fourth rule addresses Randy Hawes’ circumstances. “The Randy Rule” requires a
penance from anyone who deviates from the challenge for the purposes of work or social situations.
Later, after Randy does his penance of donating fresh berries to a charity, small transformations begin to
affect the families. For example, Frances Vernon forages in her own backyard while Angela St. Cyr
hosts a 100-mile birthday party for Kaity, complete with homemade strawberry shortcake.

Sun. Apr. 12 at 8 p.m.ET/5 p.m. PT on Food Network

With the challenge underway, sourcing salt, honey, wine, and wheat becomes the top priority of the
families. When local grocer Steve Peters finds his wheat supply is well short of the amount ordered,
panic ensues. James and Alisa fear that the challenge will prove too difficult without enough wheat to go
around so they set out themselves to find more of the precious commodity. The Hawes family discovers
a loophole – the “social life amendment” described in James and Alisa’s book – and take full advantage
of it while away on a business trip which sparks much debate among the challengers.

Sun. Apr. 5 at 8 p.m.ET/5 p.m. PT on Food Network

James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, the authors of the best-selling book The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of
Local Eating, rally the residents of Mission, BC to consume only food and drink produced within a 100-
mile radius for 100 days. To recruit participants, the pair hit the streets, coaxing families with the lure of
healthy eating and good green practices. Dozens sign up after a town hall meeting and six families
commit to the challenge one hundred percent. James and Alisa examine the families’ eating habits and
wonder about their abilities to adapt to a new lifestyle. As the challenge begins, reality soon sets in when
the families struggle to figure out what to have for breakfast on their first day. Will the journey end before
it gets started?



Hosts, guides, and cheerleaders, James and Alisa are two of the most prominent figures of the “locavore” movement in Canada and around the world. Celebrated authors of The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, James and Alisa are determined to affect change – one person at a time. In the series “The 100-Mile Challenge,” the pair will provide

participants with expert information, tips, encouragement, corrections, and a series of challenges, James and Alisa guide the 100-milers through the deep, personal transformations they will undergo in this “shared yet individual” experience.


JAMES MACKINNON – James MacKinnon along with Alisa Smith co-authored the bestselling book The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating (Random House Canada, 2006) which won the B.C Book prize for non-fiction in 2008. His other books include I Live Here (Pantheon Books, 2008) and Dead Man in Paradise (Douglas & McIntyre, 2005), which won The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. As a journalist, MacKinnon has earned four National Magazine Awards and is a senior contributing editor to Explore magazine. After a year on the 100-Mile Diet, he will never again eat store-bought sauerkraut. James and his co-author Alisa live in Vancouver, B.C.

ALISA SMITH – Alisa Smith is the bestselling co-author of The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating (Random House

Canada, 2006), which won a B.C. Book Prize for non-fiction in 2008. She has been invited to speak in communities

around North America to spread the word about the importance of local food. As a freelance writer she has been

published in Outside, Reader’s Digest, Utne, Explore, Canadian Geographic and many other publications, and has

received National Magazine Awards nominations for her work. Alisa and her co-author James live in Vancouver, B.C.




Randy jumped at the chance to participate in the “The 100-Mile Challenge.”  A

member of the provincial Liberal Party and Mission’s former mayor, Randy is also

food-obsessed which meant that “The 100-Mile Challenge” is right up his alley.

As for Randy’s devoted wife, Alma, an office worker, she is going along on this

experiment, but she is not sold on its value. Through the challenges the Hawes

undertake, such as spreading compost at a local organic vineyard, arranging for

food donations to a charity, making good on preparing a 100-mile barbecue dinner

bought in an auction, and Alma having to make dinner for Randy for the first time

in many years, the Hawes will confront the pitfalls of the challenge head on.



A couple with two young boys, the McIntosh household is chaotic at best.

Schoolteacher Jocelyn has her hands full with work and the kids, while Kyle

spends all his time running his own business, which sells “toys for big boys” (i.e.

all manner of recreational equipment). Jocelyn signed the family up out of concern

for Kyle’s health. Overweight and in poor condition, Kyle is a junk food lover with

seemingly little regard for his doctor’s warning to start eating better. Kyle initially

agrees to participate in “The 100-Mile Challenge,” but can he stick with it through

the 100 days?




Starting the challenge from a position of self-sufficiency with their own small farm, this

unique family is already on the 100-mile path; however, the family dynamic may provide

roadblocks along the way. Community support worker Johanna runs the farm and does

the majority of the cooking. Involving her partner Frances and 14-year-old daughter

Cassie in the process will require her to release some of her control. Frances, who

delivers mail in their rural area, is admittedly in a rut and experiencing a mid-life crisis.

She wants to re-invent herself and the challenge offers her an opportunity to reconnect

with her “hippie” past. Cassie (14) is a typical teenager with a candy dependency which

will be seriously affected by 100 days without junk food. The Clark Vernon’s journey

includes Frances’ foraging excursion, and turning their lamb Duncan into sausage.


The Weremchuk Williams family’s 100-mile learning curve is extremely high. They are

fast-food and packaged food junkies who take the path of least resistance when it

comes to food preparation. Alex, who works in administration for a real estate appraiser,

wants to become healthier. For Steve, who runs a business from home, it’s about

overcoming the debilitating anxiety attacks brought on by his agoraphobia. For their

daughters, Hailey (10) and Sydney (7), it means reducing the sugar-fueled chaos that

dominates their home life. Will they be able to learn to cook meals from scratch? Catch

their own fish? Cook on a campfire? And most importantly, will Steve be able to venture

past the already small “comfort zone” around his home to gather good eats?



The St. Cyr’s are a functional family in a dysfunctional world. Homemaker Angela

has ambitions to get more involved in town activities, but her main concern is

feeding her family. Adhering to a strict budget while trying to prepare healthy

meals for her husband Mike, her mother Ellen, and her two daughters Emily (8)

and Kaity (4), Angela may find turning her kitchen 100-Mile-friendly daunting.

Initially, Mike, who works in law enforcement, is just along for the ride, but neither

Angela nor his colleagues expect him to stay true to the Challenge. The St. Cyr

children, Emily and Kaity, are cooperative but not exactly fans of the Challenge.

Grandma Ellen is looking to improve her health and this Challenge may be just

the tonic. Over the course of 100 days, this family will be tested and transformed.


Owners and operators of Mission’s green grocery “Fruits & Greens,” the Peters are

central to “The 100-Mile Challenge.” The challenge presents an opportunity for

Steve and Sherida to take on a project together, strengthen their bond, and

overcome the painful tragedy in their past (they lost a child and a business three

years ago). Add in the difficulties of raising their son Markus (4) who is autistic,

Sherida’s desire to develop confidence in the kitchen, and the self-imposed burden

Steve has placed on himself to be the provider not only for his family but for the

community, as well, and the Peters are a family on an emotionally powerful journey.








olive oil and olives

commercial breads and cakes


commercial pasta



peanut butter

nutritional yeast


bananas, mangoes, papaya (tropical fruit)

pepper and most spices

distilled liquors (tequila, scotch and gin)

tea – black and green

peaches and apricots



locally grown fruits and veggies

locally produced wine and cider

hazelnut oil

local meats – both wild and farmed

local cheeses and milk

local seafood

foraged herbs, mushrooms and fruits

jams made with local fruits and honey

Seeds for spices – lovage, fennel, mustard, nasturtium

Hot peppers for spice

Herbs of all type – fresh and dried

cider vinegar

homemade salt from evaporated sea water

wheat berries


club soda

wild and raised flowers

walnuts and hazelnuts

horseradish including wasabi

rose hips


Half of adults and seven out of 10 children aged 4 to 8 do not meet the minimum of five daily servings of

vegetables and fruit.


By age 30, more than two-thirds of Canadians do not attain the minimum daily levels while more than a

third (37%) of children aged 4 to 9 do not consume the recommended two daily servings of milk products.


Canadians fat consumption comes from a relatively small number of specific foods. The main contributor,

accounting for 15.9% of fat intake, is what can be classified as the “sandwich” category, consisting of

items such as pizza, sandwiches, submarines, hamburgers and hot dogs.  This is followed by sweet

baked goods, such as cake, cookies, and doughnuts (8.5%).


Snacks (food and drink consumed between meals), account for 23% of adults and 27% for children and



Adults in low and lower-middle income households are less likely than those in the highest income

households to get more than 35% of their daily calories from fat.


Members of the highest income households are more likely than lower income groups to eat food

prepared in a fast-food outlet.


On a given day, a quarter of the population of Canada reports having consumed a meal or beverage from

a fast food establishment.  While this could be as little as a coffee or as healthy as a salad, 40% of

people report having consumed pizza, sandwich, hamburger or hot dog.


On a given day women (age 71 and up) are the group most likely to eat only food prepared at home at



On a given day, young men (age 19-30) are the least likely to eat only food prepared at home,  less than

40% report having done so.

* Source: Statistics Canada – Canadian Community Health Survey: Overview of Canadians’ eating habits –



1. TASTE THE DIFFERENCE: At a farmers’ market, most local produce has been picked within 24

hours. It comes to you ripe, fresh, and with full flavor, unlike supermarket food that may have been

picked weeks or months before. Close-to-home foods can also be bred for taste, rather than withstanding

the abuse of shipping or industrial harvesting.


2. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE EATING: Buying food today is complicated. What pesticides were used? Is

that corn genetically modified? Was that chicken free range or did it grow up in a box? People who eat

locally find it easier to get answers as they build relationships with farmers whom they trust, and are able

to see the source of the food.


3. MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS: Local eating is social. Studies show that people shopping at farmers’

markets have 10 times more conversations than their counterparts at the supermarket. Join a community

garden and you’ll actually meet the people you pass on the street. Sign up with the 100-Mile Diet

Society; they’ll be working to connect people in your area who care about the same things you do.


4. GET IN TOUCH WITH THE SEASONS: When you eat locally, you eat what’s in season. You’ll

remember that cherries are the taste of summer. Even in winter, comfort foods like squash soup and

pancakes just make sense–a lot more sense than flavorless cherries from the other side of the world.


5. DISCOVER NEW FLAVORS: Ever tried sunchokes? How about purslane, quail eggs, yerba mora, or

tayberries? These are just a few of the new (to them) flavors they sampled over a year of local eating.

Count the types of pear on offer at your supermarket. Maybe three? Small farms are keeping alive nearly

300 other varieties–while more than 2,000 more have been lost in our rush to sameness.


6. EXPLORE YOUR HOME: Visiting local farms is a way to be a tourist on your own home turf, with

plenty of stops for snacks.

7. SAVE THE WORLD: A study in Iowa found that a regional diet consumed 17 times less oil and gas

than a typical diet based on food shipped across the country. The ingredients for a typical British meal,

sourced locally, traveled 66 times fewer “food miles.”


8. SUPPORT SMALL FARMS: James and Alisa discovered that many people from all walks of life

dream of working the land. In areas with strong local markets, the family farm is reviving. That’s a whole

lot better than the jobs at big box stores and fast-food outlets that the globalized economy offers in North

American towns.

9. GIVE BACK TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY: A British study tracked how much of the money spent at a

local food business stayed in the local economy, and how many times it was reinvested. The total value

was almost twice the contribution of a dollar spent at a supermarket chain.


10. BE HEALTHY: Everyone wants to know whether the 100-Mile Diet worked as a weight-loss program.

You may lose a few pounds but importantly you’ll felt better than ever. James & Alisa ate more

vegetables and fewer processed products, sampled a wider variety of foods, and ate more fresh food at

its nutritional peak. Eating from farmers’ markets and cooking from scratch, they never felt a need to

count calories.


11. CREATE MEMORIES: A friend of ours has a theory that a night spent making jam–or in his case,

perogies–with friends will always be better a time than the latest Hollywood blockbuster.


12. HAVE MORE FUN WHILE TRAVELING: Once you’re addicted to local eating, you’ll want to explore

it wherever you go. On a recent trip to Mexico, earth-baked corn and hot-spiced sour oranges led James

and Alisa away from the resorts and into the small towns.


*source: The 100 Mile FAQ page



DAVID PAPERNY – Executive Producer


Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, David Paperny is the Academy Award® nominated and Gemini-award

winning co-founder, lead partner, and executive producer at Paperny Films, a respected producer of high-quality

factual entertainment programming in Canada. In this role at Paperny Films, David is one of the lead creative

masterminds behind the company’s prolific production slate.


David received his B.A. from the University of Toronto and his M.A. from the Annenberg School of Communications,

University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in broadcast journalism in 1983 at the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting

Corporation) in Toronto. While at CBC, he worked as a field producer on several national current affairs programs. In

1989, David moved to Vancouver where he traveled the world producing documentaries for the CBC. His unique, in-

depth coverage of the L.A. riots of 1992 received a Gemini nomination.


Two years later, in 1994, David received an Academy Award® nomination for “The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter”

(CBC/HBO 1 x 60’), a riveting film that documents the two-year odyssey of a young man dying of AIDS. David

originally produced the film for a local TV news show and then re-cut a version for HBO. David’s documentary led to

the building of the Dr. Peter Center in Vancouver, an HIV/AIDS day centre and hospice, recognized internationally as

a model for community-based health care delivery.


Shortly after receiving his Oscar nomination, David and his wife Audrey Mehler formed their own independent

production company called Paperny Films in Vancouver. Paperny Films specializes in non-fiction programming and

has produced over 25 original documentary specials and 20 long-running series since its launch. The company’s

programs have been commissioned by every major broadcast and cable network in Canada and sold around the

world. In the US, broadcast buyers have included HBO, PBS, Sundance Channel, Food Network, HGTV, National

Geographic, and Discovery Channel. The company has been selected as one of the top non-fiction production

companies in the world.


Most recently, David received the top honor in the Canadian television industry by winning a Gemini Award

(Canada’s Emmy) for ‘Best Biography Documentary’ for the feature film “Confessions of an Innocent Man” (CTV 1 x

60’), which he directed and co-produced. The film tells the story of the false conviction and torture in Saudi Arabia of

western expatriates. He also received the City of Vancouver Arts Award in 2008. David is originally from Calgary,


CAL SHUMIATCHER – Executive Producer


Cal Shumiatcher is a versatile, Gemini-award winning filmmaker with over 20 years of experience as a producer and

director, working in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. He oversees all production at Paperny Films and is actively

involved in the creation and development of new projects, including drama and new media opportunities. He became a

partner at Paperny Films in 2007.


Cal’s dramatic television production credits include the series “Beggars and Choosers”, “The Chris Isaak Show”, and

“Tracker”. He produced the feature films “North of Pittsburgh”, “Matinee”, “Boys Will Be Girls”, “Tomcat”, “My Kind of Town”,

and co-produced “Cuba Libre” starring Harvey Keitel. He also produced the computer animation pilot “Weird-Ohs”. Cal

directed episodes of “Beggars and Choosers” and the computer animated series “Beast Wars: Transformers”. In addition,

he acted as the line producer for the feature “Saved!”, starring Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin and Jenna Malone. As a

sound designer, Cal has won two Genie awards while being nominated five times.


As a documentary producer Cal’s credits include the four-hour series including “Chasing the Cure” (Discovery Health

Canada 4 x 60’), “Murder in Normandy” (History Television 1 x 60’) and “Victory 1945” (History Television 2 x 60’), as well

as the biographies “To Russia With Fries” (1 x 60), “The Deal Maker”(1 x 60), “Mordecai” (CBC 1 x 60), “On the Edge” (1 x

60) and “Whisky Man” (1 x 60). He is executive producer of “The Blonde Mystique” (W Network 1 x 60’); “Kink” (Showcase

63 x 30’,); and “First Comes Love” (LOGO 13 x 60’).


As the executive producer for Paperny, Cal has produced several series, including the fifth season of “Crash Test Mommy”

(Slice 52 x 60’); the Gemini nominated, “Road Hockey Rumble” (OLN 26 x 30’) and Food Network’s “Glutton for

Punishment” (52 x 30’); Discovery Channel’s “Jetstream” (8 x 60’), the high-power series on Canada’s elite fighter pilot

training school in Cold Lake, Alberta; CBC’s “The Week the Women Went” (8 x 60’) which explores what happens when all

the women in an ordinary Canadian town leave for seven days; and HGTV’s “The Stagers” (26 x 30’) which chronicles the

activities of the busy Vancouver home staging company Dekora.


Other executive producer credits include, CBC’s “Devil Plays Hardball” (1 x 60’) which pairs homeless people with volunteer

mentors to help turn their lives around; and the feature documentary “Confessions of an Innocent Man”, (CTV/NFB 1 x 90’),

the story of William Sampson, a British/Canadian who survived three years of torture in a Saudi prison for a crime he didn’t

commit which won the 2008 Gemini award for ‘Best Biography Documentary.



The award-winning Paperny Films Inc., operated by partners David Paperny, Audrey Mehler and Cal

Shumiatcher, is one of Canada’s leading producers of high-quality factual entertainment. From

groundbreaking documentaries and documentary series to popular reality and lifestyle programmes,

Paperny Films has produced over 300 hours of provocative entertainment and won over 30 awards since

its inception in 1994. Seen on 15 networks across Canada and in 36 countries worldwide, Paperny Films

programmes excel in capturing the essences of the human story. In addition, the company recently

opened a scripted development department to delve into comedic and dramatic programming.


Paperny Films launched with the Academy Award® nominated documentary “The Broadcast Tapes of

Dr. Peter” (CBC/HBO 1 x 60’). This intimate film, which portrays a Vancouver doctor living with AIDS,

was nominated in the ‘Best Documentary Feature’ category in 1994.


Today, Paperny Films documentary library boasts such luminaries as Mordecai Richler, Nancy Greene,

Jimmy Pattison, Dr. Henry Morgentaler and Ivan Reitman. One of their most recent documentary,

“Confessions of an Innocent Man” (CTV 1 x 60’) – which depicts the harrowing true story of William

Sampson, a western consultant who survived imprisonment in Saudi Arabia – won a 2008 Gemini-award

for ‘Best Biography Documentary’.


By combining the intimacy of their documentaries with the scale of serialized programming, Paperny

Films has also created some of Canada’s best documentary series to date. Most recently, the Canadian

military granted the company exclusive access for two series: the critically acclaimed “Jetstream” (Dis-

covery 8 x 60’), which documents the tactical training of Canada’s top fighter pilots, and “Combat School”

(Discovery 6 x 60’), a series where Paperny Films crew embeds themselves with a Royal Canadian

Regiment platoon as the soldiers progress from their first day of training to combat in Afghanistan. Pa-

perny Films upcoming Food Network series “The 100-Mile Challenge” (6 x 60’) is another

groundbreaking documentary series. Based on the best-selling book The100-Mile Diet, this series sees

the town of Mission, BC commit to consuming only food and drink produced within a 100-mile radius for

100 days.


One of Papery Films largest productions to date – “The Week the Women Went” (CBC 16 x 60’) – also

involved an entire town. Season one of this hit reality series was the number one rated new Canadian

series across all networks in winter 2008. The series explores what happens when all the women in a

Canadian town leave for seven days. Season one featured the town of Hardisty, AB and heads east to

Tatamagouche, NS for season two.


Paperny Films lifestyle programmes are also very popular. “Glutton for Punishment” (Food 52 x 30’), the

series that features epicurean adventurer Bob Blumer tackling food challenges around the world, is

currently shooting its fourth season. In its fifth season, “Crash Test Mommy” (SLICE 65 x 60’) takes an

unsuspecting caregiver on a wild ride through parenthood. The hit HGTV Canada and US series “The

Stagers” (26 x 30’) – which goes behind-the-scenes at Canada’s leading home staging company – is in

its second season. The New York Times recently highlighted this series.


In addition, Papery Films character-driven docusoaps have pushed the envelope of factual

entertainment. “Chop Shop” (SLICE 13 x 30’) is a sleek, fun series set within the sexy world of a counter-

culture hair salon while “KINK” (Showcase 63 x 30’) – in its fifth season – explores alternative sexuality

through fantasies and fetishes.


As Paperny Films evolves, they move from strength-to-strength by securing several development deals

in their scripted programming department.


Paperny Films is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.



Executive Producers

Cal Shumiatcher

David Paperny


Hosted by

James MacKinnon

Alisa Smith


Series Director

Eddie O


Story Editor

D’Arcy Butler


Line Producers

Christine Brandt

Kirsty Dick


Creative Consultants

Larry Raskin

Michelle Paymar



Patrick Carroll

Carmen Pollard

Mark Shearer


Additional Editing

Mark Ratzlaff



Trevor Hodgson


Music Composed by

Daniel Ross



Noel Johansen


Associate Producer

Tami Gabay


Production Coordinator

Megan Cameron


Field Directors

Eunice Lee

David Ozier


John Collins

Mark Chow

Todd Craddock

Rolf Cutts

Todd Elyzen

Andre Fernandes

Brett Hyde

Ken Leedham

Lester Lightstone

Steven Miko

Glenn Taylor

Peter Williams


Sound Recordists

Jeff Henschel

Keith Henderson

Barton Hewett

Chad Hunt

Stewart Lake

Brooke Thomson

Peter Wong


Production Assistants

Adam Cormier

Devon Gunderson

Meghan O’Brien

Dan Schubert

Dave Shannon


Main Title Design

Sequence Post


Post Production Supervisor

Christine Brandt


Post Production

Lisa Turner

Julia Niendorf

Bianca Pascuzzo


Online Editor

Tyler Smart


Assistant Editor

Mark Ratzlaff

Post Production Audio

The Mix Room


Vice President – Post Production

John Christie


Director of Development

Aynsley Vogel


Development Manager

Tammy Lawrence


Legal/Business Affairs

Eric Shipman

Emma Blake

Natasha Nystrom


Corporate Finance/Accounting

Cecile Peyret, Denny McArthur

Jaimie Falconer, Michelle Wishart

Susan Martin



Susan Stafford

Rachel Warick


Special Thanks To















Developed with the participation of



Produced with the participation of

The Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund


Produced with the participation of

The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC


With the assistance of

The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit


Executive in Charge of Production for Canwest Broadcasting

Janice Tufford


© 2009 100 Mile Productions Inc.


Series Premieres Sun., Apr. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Food Network –



Toronto. March 12, 2009 – Can you imagine no coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil, and even sugar in your diet for 100 days? Did you know that many of these items travel over 1,500 carbon-producing miles to get to Canadian consumers? Based on James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith’s best-selling book The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, the new Food Network series “The 100-Mile Challenge” documents the fast-growing trend of local eating – which is healthier and better for the environment – for the first time on television. The series follows the ups and downs of six Mission, BC families who make the difficult, but rewarding, commitment to consume only food and drink produced within a 100-mile radius for 100-days. James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith act as guides in the series. A Paperny Films production, “The 100-Mile Challenge” (6 x 60’) airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT beginning April 5 on Food Network.

“We were amazed by the changes ‘The 100-Mile Challenge’ families went through in such a short time, from their health to their sense of community,” say James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, authors of The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating and the series’ guides. “It exceeded our expectations in every way—and our expectations were high.”

“Today more than ever local eating is important for our health and our environment,” says David Paperny, executive producer, Paperny Films. “Paperny Films is happy to bring this growing, and very important, food movement to Canadians across the country.”

Each one-hour episode of “The 100-Mile Challenge” details the progress of the six families chronologically, revealing the struggles, triumphs and downright creativity of these residents as they try to cook full meals from local ingredients. From foraging for food in their own backyards to turning a family lamb into sausages, each participant’s eating habits are tested in the extreme – with often astonishing results. Authors James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith bring “The 100-Mile Challenge” to Mission and act as series’ guides, periodically checking on the families’ progress, laying down the rules, and pushing the families to get the most out of the challenge.

The interactive companion website to the series – where Canadians across the country can log in to see where to buy food local to their area, find recipes and use the site to take the challenge themselves – launches in conjunction with the series.

Paperny Films Inc. – run by partners David Paperny, Audrey Mehler, and Cal Shumiatcher – is an independent, Vancouver-based production company that has garnered worldwide acclaim for its provocative, innovative, and entertaining television programming. From groundbreaking documentaries to reality television series to lifestyle programming, Paperny Films excels in capturing the essence of human stories.