Good Food Awards honor three local craft producers
Alice Waters called the event the "county fair of our times," and as keynote speaker for the inaugural Good Food Awards, the local-food pioneer helped pass out blue ribbons to 71 artisans from around the country for developing products that are both delicious and responsible.
Okay, Waters didn't literally pass out blue ribbons, but three area craft producers did walk away with Good Food Awards at the Jan. 14 event at the San Francisco Ferry Building. They included S. Wallace Edwards & Sons in Surry, Va., (Surryano ham) and The Chameleon Cafe in Baltimore (free-range chicken liver pate) in the charcuterie category and Artisanal Soy in the District (edamame kimchi) in the pickles category.
"This is the first one," says Hannah Hausauer, press coordinator for Good Food Awards organizer, the San Francisco-based Seedling Projects. "We're hoping this will be like the James Beard Awards for food crafters."
Seedling Projects also hopes the awards will help market these products, since each winner will now be affixed with a Good Food Award seal. The seal, Hausauer notes, will help buyers know that the product is both "delicious and made in a sustainable and responsible way."
Nearly 800 products were submitted for an award in seven categories, including charcuterie, beer, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles and preserves. A committee for each category helped locate candidates to submit products, as did the staff at Seedling Projects. The products had to be as sustainable and responsible as possible given the hard realities of some current production methods, such as those tied to coffee, a category in which a few requirements were apparently dropped outright.
More than 70 judges gathered for a blind tasting on Oct. 10 to select the 130 finalists and the 71 winners in the different categories. The judges included sausagemaker Bruce Aidells, San Francisco Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer and Peter Giuliano of Counter Culture Coffee, among others. Neighborhood Restaurant Group's beer director Greg Engert was also a keynote speaker at the Good Food Awards.
Seedling Projects will continue its celebration of craft products with a host of Good Food Month events in the Bay Area and New York.
The full list of winners can be found here [PDF].
| January 24, 2011; 3:15 PM ET
Categories: Chefs, Food labeling, Sustainable Food | Tags: Tim Carman
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