We mentioned the finalists in the first annual Good Food Awards competition back in November, and on Friday evening the winners were announced to a private gathering at the Ferry Building. Remember former Slow Food Nation Content Director Sarah Weiner and cronies went to a lot of trouble to create this new stamp of approval for American foods that excel in sustainability and taste. 780 products from 41 states entered. And now you can read up on all 71 winners on the Good Food Awards website. The victorious products were chosen through blind-taste testing by 80 judges such as John Scharffenberger, Bruce Aidells and Eileen Hassi of Ritual Roasters. And the strong winner representation from Western states makes one wonder about the even spread of contestants across America. But then the green queen is involved, so it must've been fair. Anyway, if taking in the winners isn't enough artisan sustainability appreciation for you, the Good Food vibes continue for another month now across the Bay Area with fun, hippy dippy events like coffee cupping classes, citrus fruit workshops and pickle parties galore. The full schedule is here.
Beer: Bison Brewing – Organic Gingerbread Ale (Berkeley, CA), Marin Brewing Company – ESChi (Larkspur, CA), Drake’s Brewing - Denoggenizer (San Leandro, CA)
Charcuterie: Café Rouge – Smoked Beef Tongue (Berkeley, CA), The Girl and the Fig – Coppa (Sonoma, CA)
Cheese: Cowgirl Creamery – Red Hawk (Petaluma, CA), Nicasio Valley Cheese Company – Nicasio Square (Nicasio, CA)
Chocolate: Charles Chocolates – Salty Sweet Cashew Bar (San Francisco, CA)
Coffee: Blue Bottle Coffee – Kemgin (Oakland, CA)
Pickles: Ceres Community Project – Arame & Ginger Sauerkraut Salad (Sebastopol, CA), Cultured – Spicy Oregano Purple Carrots (Berkeley, CA)
Preserves: Middleton Farm – Raspberry (Healdsburg, CA), Happy Girl Kitchen – Apricot Chili Jam (Monterey, CA)