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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Good Food Awards honor three local craft producers

By Tim Carman
GFA_MarcFiorito_Ceremony-0702_opt.jpg Good Food Awards: Honoring the sustainable stuff. (Marc Fiorito from Gamma Nine)

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].

By Tim Carman  | January 24, 2011; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  Chefs, Food labeling, Sustainable Food  | Tags:  Tim Carman  
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Comments

Raising pigs is environmentally responsible? Since when?

Posted by: sarahabc | January 24, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

None of those categories are "good foods." Try organic, vegan, raw, vegetables and fruits. They are good for animals, good for the environment, good for the economy, good for human health, good for farmers, good for consumers, good for the ecology.

Posted by: foofoofoo | January 25, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Why did you not just list the winners? That would have been a better story than those few you listed that are known to about ten of your readers.

Posted by: drdouglar | January 25, 2011 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Not sure where all this negativity is coming from. Obviously the ham and pate are not vegetarian, but the idea is to support those that raise pastured animals w/o hormones fed w/herbicides and pesticides. And the kimchi is vegetarian, organic and raw.

Posted by: NannyWatkins | January 25, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

oopsie, I meant "raise pastured animals WITHOUT hormones fed WITHOUT herbicides and pesticides"

Posted by: NannyWatkins | January 25, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

DrDouglar,

Yes, you are absolutely right, and I meant to add the full list of winners. It is now attached.

-Tim

Posted by: Tim Carman | January 25, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

So is that edamame kimchi actually available anywhere in the DC area? Doesn't look like it from their website...

Posted by: jcburka | January 27, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Hi! This is Katy from Artisanal Soy. We make Edamame Kimchee, which is just now (as of yesterday yay!) available at the Cowgirl Creamery in DC on F St NW (between 9th & 10th). Thanks for the mention!

Posted by: NannyWatkins | January 31, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

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