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Good Food Awards Announces 2012 Finalists

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You may remember the Good Food Awards had its inaugural year last year. The organization was founded locally by people connected to Slow Food and Alice Waters in order to award outstanding food producers and farmers across the U.S. Last year, there were 71 winners, 13 of which hailed from the Bay Area; and now that this year's list of 144 Good Foods finalists has been announced, it looks like we're gearing up for another strong finish in 2012.

Here, we've parsed out all the local contenders in the various categories:

Beer
Almanac Beer, Summer 2010 Vintage Blackberry Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company, a lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’
Drake’s Brewing Co., Drakonic Imperial Stout & Drake’s 1500 Pale Ale

Charcuterie
Adesso, Speck
Café Rouge, Duck Pate
Fatted Calf, Pork, Rabbit, and Duck Terrin

Cheese
Achadinha Cheese Company, Capricious
Bellwether Farms, Carmody & Whole Milk Ricotta
Cypress Grove Chevre, PsycheDillic
Saint Benoit Yogurt, Organic Yogurt Cheese

Chocolate
Bittersweet, Rich Milk
Dandelion Chocolate, 70% Costa Rica

Coffee
Equator Coffees & Teas, Ethiopia Watadera
Flying Goat Coffee, Ethiopia Sidamo Moredocofe
Sightglass Coffee, Ethiopia Shakiso

Pickles
Emmy’s Pickles and Jams, Turmeric Cauliflower
Let’s Be Frank, Devil Sauce
Farmhouse Culture, Smoked Jalapeno Sauerkraut

Preserves
Artisan Preserves, Orange Honey Marmalade
Chez Pim, Blueberry and Golden Raspberry Jam
Wine Forest Wild Foods, Wild Elderberry Syrup
Plumline, Raspberry Jam

Spirits
1512 Spirits, Barbershop Rye
Marian Farms, Ltd., California Pisco
Square One Organic Spirits, Basil Vodka & Organic Vodka

The winners will be announced at the Good Food Awards Ceremony at the Ferry Building on January 13. The next day, winners will be pimped at a showcase hosted by CUESA at the Ferry Building, and then going forward Whole Foods will put little Good Food Awards signs in front of the victors. So there are some real, tangible business benefits to dominating this contest. Stay tuned for Eater's announcement of the winners in January.

· All Good Food Awards Coverage [~ ESF ~]

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