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Pickled and Smoked: Reasons to Get Excited About the Good Food Awards New Preserved Fish Category

Posted on July 18, 2016 in News

Read Maria Finn’s great post in the National Geographic Ocean Views Blog here.

Good Food Awards Entry Period Open

Posted on July 4, 2016 in News

Accepting entries July 5-31, including new preserved fish category!

San Francisco, CA (July 5, 2016) – The Good Food Awards—the only national initiative to recognize craft food producers who excel in both taste and sustainability—kick-starts the seventh year of its quest to find America’s best food producers. Today marks the official launch of a coast-to-coast call for entries of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits and (new this year) preserved fish. Entries are accepted through July 31 at www.goodfoodawards.org.

A blind tasting with On Food and Cooking author Harold McGee, James Beard Foundation Executive Vice President Mitchell Davis, Chef Thomas McNaughton, Dandelion Chocolate founder Todd Masonis and 220 other food leaders will determine this year’s 200 winners, who will be showcased in San Francisco at a special one-day Good Food Awards Marketplace in January.

The Awards epitomize the country’s Good Food zeitgeist, showcasing skilled food crafters of all sizes who consciously root their business in the principles of taste, authenticity and responsible production. Since its inception in 2010, the Awards have grown from 700 to over 2,000 entries with representation from all fifty states.

NEW THIS YEAR: Preserved fish
This year, Good Food – and its power to enhance our ecosystem – will be celebrated not just across the land, but also at sea. In years past, we’ve dipped our toes in by including preserved fish entries as a subcategory of charcuterie. For the 2017 Awards, we’re proud to cast our net wider into the artisanal fish community, by giving responsible fishing a category all its own, with up to 15 smokers, curers and canners – and the fishermen (and women) behind them – honored with Good Food Awards medals. From gravlax to jarred oysters and trout roe, our new fish category will give the skilled men and women who continue to practice the ancient tradition of preserving the sea’s bounty the spotlight they deserve.
To help establish the new category, we’ve reeled in the industry’s best. With the advice of Paul Greenberg, author of the James Beard Award winning bestseller Four Fish and American CatchNialls Fallon, founder of New York’s Maiden Lane (America’s only tinned-seafood restaurant), and Maria Finn, director of marketing for Real Good Fish, a community supported fishery – as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium – advising on the criteria, we’re looking forward to a big year of entries from coast to coast.

SPONSORS
The Good Food Awards would not be possible without the continued support of its many partners. We would like to specially thank our Presenting Sponsor, the Good Food Retailers Collaborative, as well as Premier Sponsors Williams-Sonoma and Bi-Rite Market. We are also indebted to Impact HUB Bay Area, BCV Architects and Dominic Philips Event Marketing for their critical support.

The Good Food Retailers Collaborative is a group of 18 forward thinking, independently owned retailers that exists to build more symbiotic relationships both with craft food producers and each other. Its members are Liberty Heights Fresh, Di Bruno Brothers, Canyon Market, Healdsburg SHED, The Brooklyn Kitchen, Bi-Rite Market, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, The Greene Grape, Glen’s Garden Market, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, Market Hall Foods, Foragers Market, Cowgirl Creamery, JM Stock Provisions, Each Peach Market, TASTE, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, and Cooks of Crocus Hill. For more information, visit www.goodfoodawards.org/sponsors.

HOW TO ENTER

From July 5-31, 2016, food producers are invited to fill out a 10-minute online entry form at www.goodfoodawards.org. Instructions for shipping samples are sent in mid- August. A $68 processing fee for each entry covers sorting, transportation and storage, and is waived for the first entry submitted by all new and renewing Good Food Merchants Guild members.

High scorers are contacted in October to fulfill our vetting process, ensuring each official Finalist and Winner meets the sustainable production criteria listed on the entry form. Each of five regions of the United States will have three Good Food Award Winners per category. Winners participate in the Good Food Awards celebration weekend, receive a Good Food Awards seal to place on their product all year long and become connected to a network of national buyers who seek out foods that meet the holistic Good Food Awards criteria.

The Good Food Merchants Guild, brought to you by the same team behind the Good Food Awards, is an ongoing association of businesses united in their dedication to the principles of Good Food. Members receive an array of benefits including the opportunity to participate in the Good Food Mercantile.

ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS 
The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its seventh year, awards will be given to winners in fourteen categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

Good Food Award winners will be announced mid-January in San Francisco at a ceremony that brings winners and their families together with the nation’s leading chefs, buyers, food movement leaders and media. The following day, the industry-only Good Food Mercantile, an “un-trade show” for tasty, authentic and responsible food, will be held, followed by the public Good Food Awards Marketplace to wrap-up the weekend. More information is available at goodfoodawards.org

ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD FOUNDATION
The Good Food Awards is organized by the Good Food Foundation, formerly known as Seedling Projects 501 (c) 3, in collaboration with a broad community of food producers, chefs, food writers and passionate food-lovers. A California non-profit, the Good Food Foundation is the organizing force behind the Good Food Merchants Guild, Good Food Mercantile and Good Food Retailers Collaborative.

Sarah Weiner on Heritage Radio Network’s “Feast Yr Ears”

Posted on May 23, 2016 in News

Sarah Weiner joins Harry on “Feast Yr Ears” to talk about the Good Food Awards and why makers and sellers of food are so closely connected in the goals of Seedling Projects, the Good Food Awards and the future of real food. Take a listen here!

Heritage Radio posted all of the speeches and music from the 2016 Good Food Awards!

Posted on February 24, 2016 in News

Take a listen here!

Good Food Award winning McCrea’s Candies expands distribution to the West Coast!

Posted on February 1, 2016 in News

Check out the story here.

2016 Good Food Awards Finalists Announced!

Posted on November 5, 2015 in News

ANNOUNCING THE 2016 GOOD FOOD AWARDS FINALISTS
Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini to Deliver Opening Remarks to the Winners

San Francisco, CA (November 4, 2015) – The Good Food Awards are proud to announce the 263 Finalists of 2016, representing the best from America’s growing movement of talented and socially responsible food crafters. This year’s 1,937 entries—33% more than ever before—made for a day of tough choices at the annual blind tastings. Representing 13 categories, from cider to confections to pantry, finalists such as Tennessee Reserve Pecan Sorghum Butter, Georgia Green Peanut Oil and New York Pitorro Shine – a Puerto Rican-style moonshine – exemplify the country’s diverse and deep-rooted food traditions. Beyond distinguishing themselves by receiving top scores from the 215 judges, all finalists passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they met specific Good Food Awards standards around environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, transparency, and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain.

The winners will be announced Friday, January 15, 2016, at a gala Awards Ceremony at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, followed by two more days of celebration. Medals will be bestowed by renowned chef and activist Alice Waters and organics pioneer Nell Newman, tipping their hats to these exceptional food producers. A reception with the winning food and drink will follow the ceremony, offering both regional ‘tasting plates’ and small bites created by local chefs. A limited number of tickets are available for the ceremony and reception ($120 here). The father of the food movement, Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini, will travel from Italy to deliver the opening remarks. On playing this special role he notes:

“I am thrilled to be invited to set the tone for this extraordinary evening, which gathers together the best of America’s agricultural bounty. In every corner of the world, Slow Food is fighting to defend small scale, quality food production, and initiatives like this deeply reinforce the movement in the United States. Agriculture that is good, fair and in harmony with our environment is the only hope we have for the future of our food, and by extension, for ourselves. I am overjoyed to return to San Francisco, a city I love which has played a vital role in shaping the Slow Food movement in the USA. The opportunity to see how far America has come in producing food in harmony with this amazing land makes me all the more excited.”

On Saturday, January 16, the 30,000 square foot Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center will transform into the Good Food Mercantile, one-of-a-kind, intimate ‘un-trade show’ where both winners and members of the Good Food Merchants Guild – exemplary food crafters meeting the same sustainability criteria – exhibit their full line of wares to 400 industry buyers and media. The Good Food Awards Marketplace rounds out the weekend on Sunday, January 17. The general public is invited to come meet the winners, taste and buy their winning food and drink (including bottles of beer, cider and spirits not licensed for sale in California, but permitted this year within the federally-owned historic landmark of Fort Mason Center). Proudly welcoming the winners, and also selling to the public, will be the local farmers and food trucks of the Fort Mason Center Farmers Market. Tickets to the Good Food Awards Marketplace are $5, with a $20 Early Access pass (with welcome gift).

The Good Food Awards are proudly supported by the Good Food Retailers Collaborative, the Presenting Sponsor for two years running. Composed of 13 of the country’s top independently owned retailers from Chicago to Oakland to Ann Arbor, they are committed to supporting America’s great food producers in their own communities and across the country. Joining them is a vibrant group of key supporters, including six-time Premier Sponsors Williams-Sonoma and Bi-Rite Market; and Lead Sponsors Dominic Phillips Event Marketing, Impact HUB Bay Area, Veritable Vegetable, BCV Architects and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.

Details of all events and tickets can be found here, and the full list of finalists here.

Good Food Awards Blind Tasting

Posted on September 24, 2015 in News

The Blind Tasting for the 2016 Good Food Awards took place on Sunday, September 13. We received nearly 2000 entries in 13 different categories. It was a wonderful day filled with people who all share a passion for Good Food. Check out Roman Cho’s photo story of this day-long event by clicking here and meet some of the people who made the Blind Tasting a great success.

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All entrants will be notified of their status by October 16 and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on January 15.

The Food Movement Is Nothing Like a Start Up by Sarah Weiner

Posted on August 31, 2015 in News

Check out this video featuring Sarah Weiner, founder and director of the Good Food Awards where she talks about her philosophy for starting the awards and the economic impact it has made in the sustainable food economy.

Good Food Mercantile Is Not the Fancy Food Show

Posted on July 6, 2015 in News

What a nice writeup of the New York Good Food Mercantile by Edible Brooklyn! Read all about our first East Coast Mercantile here.

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Good Food Awards in British Airway’s High Life

Posted on June 5, 2015 in News

Good Food is being celebrated 30,000 feet in the air! Thanks for the shout-out, High Life Magazine. Read all about how San Francisco is turning back the carbon clock here.

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