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Try Thai Tonight returns for fifth season

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A Norfolk husband and wife duo is continuing to share their passion for cooking with television viewers.

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Try Thai Tonight, created and hosted by Norfolk’s Dean and Jean Rainey, has started its fifth season on Eastlink Community TV.

“My wife is from Thailand and she has a catering business called Try Thai Tonight and she does in-home dinner parties and because I have a video production company, we thought we could bring the two together and make a TV show,” Dean said.

The show, which began its latest season on Oct. 20, will run six 30-minute episodes.

The season was filmed at Eising Garden Centre near Simcoe.

“It was a beautiful set and Henry Eising showed great support for the show,” said Rainey.

The episodes will feature visits from local guests from YU Ranch, Su Farms, Backyard Brewing and Inasphere Wines.

Authentic Thai dishes that will be featured include Thai chicken rice, fried yellow curry with shrimp and pineapple fried rice.

The guests and hosts will discuss the process of growing Asian and Chinese crops locally and integrating wines with Asian food.

“It’s about bringing the two western hemispheres together. You can grow Chinese veggies here now and we want to showcase these to everyone else,” said Rainey.

Crew members and guests stayed socially distanced during filming while following COVID-19 precautions.

“Everyone in the crew was happy to be back at work and feeling good to be making the show,” Rainey said.

A free PDF cookbook consisting of recipes featured in seasons 1-5 is available on their website at

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