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There’s a Lot to Love About Hallmark’s ‘Love on the Menu’

February 3, 2020
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Love on the Menu

An Ellie Kanner directorial, ‘Love on the Menu’ is a romantic comedy that revolves around the lives of Hank and Maggie. Hank is a single dad and the owner of a renowned Italian restaurant, Osteria. His business is suffering as his once all-star rating has lost a few stars to food critics. Having read his cook book, a frozen food executive Maggie, suggests Hank’s food to her boss, who carves out a deal, offering Hank money for every recipe he contributes to their gourmet frozen food line, which he accepts.

Maggie genuinely admires Hank’s approach to cooking and his determination, and therefore agrees to help him improve his ratings. Will sparks fly between the two opposites as they collaborate on mission “save-the-restaurant” or will Maggie give in to her professional dilemma?

Love on the Menu Cast

The gourmet romance features ‘When Calls the Heart’ star Kavan Smith as the seasoned chef Hank, who is raising a daughter single-handedly while also striving to keep his business afloat. Kavan’s other works include ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.’ Autumn Reeser appears as Maggie, the savvy VP of Frozen Food international, who lends Hank a helping hand to save his ship from sinking. A Hallmark regular, Autumn is familiar to the Hallmarkies for her work in ‘Valentine Ever After,’ ‘Midnight Masquerade,’ and many others. Autumn’s other acting credits include ‘The O.C.,’ ‘Sully,’ and ‘Entourage.’

Barbara Niven stars as the Maggie’s mean boss Andrea. Barbara is a Hallmark veteran known for ‘Chesapeake Shores,’ ‘Christmas in Evergreen,’ and the mystery series ‘Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For.’ Jordyn Ashley Olson plays the role of Hank’s teenage daughter, Hannah. The supporting cast comprises Richard Ian Cox as Bernie Thompson, Willie Aames as Martin Thomas, Yvonne Chapman as Emma Wong, Trezzo Mahoro as Leo Costa and Latonya Williams as Melissa Santini.

‘Love on the Menu’ is penned by the lead actor Kavan Smith, along with screenwriter Alex Wright. The movie has been lauded for its realistic storyline, combative chemistry and witty banter between the leads, and outstanding cinematography, which will make you go, “Wow! where was this filmed?” Well, we are here to help you with that.

Love on the Menu Filming Locations

Initially titled ‘Falling Stars,’ ‘Love on the Menu’ was filmed in Canada, which is known for its cinematic landscape and movie studios and therefore, serves as a real Mecca for all the cinephiles, Canada has produced many blockbusters like ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Twilight,’ etc.

Therefore, it’s no wonder that the location scouts for ‘Love on the Menu’ chose the country, as their filming location. The Valentine special wrapped up on December 21, 2018. Here are the specific filming locations.

Vancouver, Canada

Barbara Niven, who plays the film’s gray character, Andrea, took to her Twitter account, to share a picture of the beautiful Vancouver sunrise, on her way to work. Check it out!

All the restaurant sequences were shot in a hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia – the scenes that depict Hank and Maggie’s first meetup, Hank teaching Maggie how to prepare dishes from the “heart,” their altercation over the business deal, were all filmed on an indoor set in Vancouver.

Autumn Reeser, who plays Maggie, shared a few pictures where she is thanking the cast and crew for their contribution to the film. If you notice the caption closely, she mentions the famous Sutton Place Hotel, therefore our best guess is that the above-mentioned scenes were shot there.

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Thank you to everyone who made this shoot such a beautiful experience!! Every single person involved made the effort to show up in positivity and gave their best daily though some challenging conditions. —- Also, working in Canada and running into both the cast and the production team of a movie I shot in Mexico this past spring proved to me how much of a global industry we have truly become. 🤣 It also reconfirmed that Sutton Place continues to function as the Hollywood of the north and I was pretty excited about all the people I ran into in the elevator (you know who you are! Or maybe some of you don’t, bc you had no clue who I was BUT I was real excited to see YOU …and therefore said nothing. 😬) We all rely on each other, we all belong to one another. We cannot do it alone and I am grateful for everyone who made this one possible. 🙏🏻 . #hallmark #behindthescenes #actorslife @hallmarkchannel #fallingstarsmovie #canada #vancouver #makingmovies

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Here’s another one, with the director Ellie Kanner.

Yvonne Chapman, who plays chef Emma Wong in the film, took to her Instagram handle, to share a fun pic from the set.

Lonsdale Quay Waterfront Plaza, Vancouver

The scene where Hank, Maggie and Hank’s daughter Hannah go for an evening stroll and stop to eat, had been shot at the famous Lonsdale Quay Waterfront Plaza, in Vancouver.

Here’s the scene from the movie.

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Autumn Reeser shared a picture of the hauntingly beautiful location, confirming the same.

Remember the scene where Maggie’s heel strap breaks and Hank makes a sarcastic comment? Well, it was shot at a different time on the same location.

Check out the scene from the film!

Love on the menu

One of the largest cities of Canada, Vancouver in British Columbia, stays nippy for most part of the year, therefore choosing the location for filming, complemented the film’s romantic setting. Also, Canada offers a refundable tax credit of 25% when it comes to film productions. So, that’s another reason.

Dubbed as the “Hollywood North” and rightly so, Vancouver has played the host to a plethora of Hollywood gems like ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Twilight,’ and ‘Man of Steel,’ including the small-screen hits like ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash,’ ‘Supergirl,’ ‘The Man in the High Castle’ and many others.

Set between ocean and towering mountains, Vancouver is known for its natural landscapes, fishing activities, chilly weather, hosting adventure sports like hiking, camping, mountain zipping, etc., and places like Stanley Park, Vancouver Convention Centre, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Art Gallery, and many others.

So, when are you taking a trip to Vancouver?

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