There are over 300 unique types of honey in the U.S. The Good Food Awards will showcase honeys most distinctive in clarity and depth of flavor, produced by beekeepers practicing good animal husbandry and social responsibility. From rooftop urban hives to busy bees pollinating organic orchards and meadows filled with wildflowers, awards will be given out in Liquid & Naturally Crystallized, Creamed, Comb and Infused Honey subcategories. View the full criteria for entry.


Amina Harris is the Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science, UC Davis, working to make the school a leading authority on honey bee health, pollination and honey quality. The Center has been involved in the development of many innovative programs from making mead, to bee health and, most recently, the Honey Sensory Experience. Under her direction, the Center published the UC Davis Honey Flavor Wheel, widely acclaimed to help tasters describe honey flavors. In addition, Amina owns Z Specialty Food, LLC with her husband and son. Moon Shine Trading Company, a division of Z Specialty, has been offering unique American varietal honeys for over thirty years and has won awards from the Specialty Food Association and the National Honey Board. Amina served on the Board of Directors of the Specialty Food Association (then NASFT) for six years and was the Winter and Spring Show Committee Chair for many years. During her time both on the Board and exhibiting at the Fancy Food Shows since the early 1980’s, Amina has been an active participant of the ever changing and growing food industry.

M.E.A. McNeil is a journalist writing for Bee Culture Magazine and The American Bee Journal as well as the new edition of the seminal reference book The Hive and the Honey Bee. She is a Master Beekeeper and a member of the UC Davis Mondavi Center Honey and Pollination Board. She lives with her husband on a small organic farm in San Anselmo, California.


Emily Brown, Owner, AZ Queen Bee
Mary Canning, Founder & CEO, Follow the Honey
Mark Carlson, Beekeeping Instructor/Entomologist, Round Rock Honey Beekeeping School
Kim Flottum, Editor, Bee Culture Magazine
Terry Oxford, Owner, UrbanBee San Francisco


Debbie Arrington, Senior Writer, Sacramento Bee
Pete Bakulić, President, The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition
Leo Beckerman, Co-Founder, Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
Robb Duncan, Founder, Dolcezza
Ann M. Evans, Cookbook Author, Columnist & Local Food Systems Consultant
Deborah Koons Garcia, Filmmaker, Symphony of the Soil & The Future of Food
Orietta Gianjoro, Owner, Orietta LLC
Mallory Leicht, Retail Trainer, Blue Bottle Coffee
Mourad Lahlou, Chef, Mourad
Elisabeth Prueitt, Co-Founder & Executive Pastry Chef, Tartine Bakery
Deborah Rogers, Olive Oil Producer & Owner, Marquesa EVOO
Ellen Roggemann, Food & Farm Consultant, The Radical Radish
Sharon Schmidt, Volunteer Director, Cascade Girl & Oregon Honey Festival
Amber Selene Turpin, Freelance Food & Travel Writer, Civil Eats, Edible & Mercury News
Faun Skyles, Store Manager & Head of Butchery Department, Bi-Rite Market
Anna Soellner, Head of Communications, Driver Group
Yuko Suzuki, President, Office Musubi Co.
Hannah Ziskin, Executive Pastry Chef, nopa