2016 Good Food Awards Finalists Announced!

Posted on November 5, 2015 in News

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.


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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Good Food Awards in Newsweek

Posted on January 29, 2015 in News

We are thrilled to see Good Food and our first San Francisco Good Food Mercantile featured in the February 6 issue of Newsweek. It’s exciting that Good Food is being recognized nationally from Mississippi to Arizona.

Sarah Weiner’s Closing Remarks from the 2015 Good Food Awards Ceremony

Posted on January 10, 2015 in News

“Thank you Alice. And one more important thank you to our Master of Ceremonies. It should come as no surprise that Bi-Rite Market was the very first company to ever write a check to the Good Food Awards. Thank you Sam for your vision, your support, and for making us feel like we have an extended family down on 18th Street.

At the Good Food Awards Marketplace this weekend, some of you may notice the statue of Gandhi perched behind the Ferry Building, in purposeful mid-stride amongst the bustling shoppers. Then again, you might notnotice it. While tall enough to tower over the 15,000 visitors, the humble, be-speckled Gandhi has a way of remaining hidden, unobtrusive, waiting patiently for those ready to see him. Alice Waters loves that statue. For years I wondered what it was doing at the farmers market, but I’ve come to believe that of all the great figures in history, it might be Gandhi who would best understand us.

Over the decades it took to gain independence, it was the very same traits that made Gandhi an unlikely leader of millions, which made him so effective. A thoughtful, introverted man, Gandhi’s gentle resistance led to the liberation of his country, became the model for the American Civil Rights Movement, and triggered the demise of imperialism all around the world. In the spring of 1930, in his most famous act of civil disobedience, Gandhi set out with a few dozen followers on a march to the sea. That dozen soon became hundreds, the hundreds thousands, and by the time he reached the coastal salt flats he was at the head of sixty thousand revolutionaries. Gandhi reached down, harvested a lump of sea salt – thousands of others did the same – and in that instant, taking the food system into their own hands, they ended compliance with an exploitive monopoly, marking the beginning of the end for British rule.

As food crafters, your commonality with this great revolutionary does not end at a shared appreciation for salt. To succeed in your crafts, you must possess many of the traits that guided Gandhi: patience, focus and conviction are required in all of your professions. The patience to coax downy white mold onto rows of drying salami, or hunt down the elusive Marionberry during the few weeks it is ripe for that special jam. The focus to perfect your craft that has brought you into this room – rising above 1,462 entries in the Good Food Awards. And history shows that rather than being satisfied from this feat, it will only add fire to your continued pursuit of excellent.

Conviction. Knowing deep down that what you do and the way you do it is creating tighter, stronger, more just societies. Ignoring business as usual, you build companies that feel like families, transform cities into tight knit communities, and support every social cause with a keg of beer or wheel of cheese. You pay more than fair trade prices to people living thousands of miles away and are the number one customers of farmers down the street. Your goats have names and you call your bees your ladies.

We live in a moment that celebrates noise and bravado, and it can feel like to have an impactful– or even simply to make it from month to month – we need to shout louder, be more outrageous, than everyone else.

We don’t.

The quiet power wielded by all of you is more elusive, yet more potent than you could ever imagine. Noise creates sparks, but it is quiet power that sustains the flames. It is quiet power that fueled Gandhi on a three decade long crusade that transformed the world forever. The power of being and doing with total conviction should never be underestimated.

Daily you defy the supposition that communities, countries, continents cannot be fed on good food. Your mere existence refutes the theory that businesses must embark on unsavory practices to survive. Through your unwavering focus on creating something truly good, you are taking the system into your own hands.

It fell to our parents and grandparents to gather salt with Gandhi, to march for Civil Rights. Now it falls to us to quietly, powerfully liberate our country from a food system that denies the simplest joys of life to the citizens of the world’s wealthiest society. As surely as Gandhi’s revolutionaries made their voices heard by gathering salt by the sea, what you craft is more than a jar of this or a bottle of that. It is a refusal to be part of unjust labor, land and business practices that are the devastating and widely unchallenged status quo.

If condiments held the key to global liberation a hundred years ago, who’s to say they don’t still today? You sit-in in your kitchens, protest in the markets and show political power in the grocery aisle. I am proud and humbled to stand amongst the creative force that is the 146 Good Food Award Winners of 2015. I invite you to celebrate our quiet power by making a little noise tonight. Thank you.”


Slow Food, Good Food

Posted on December 19, 2014 in News

Our friends at Slow Food USA have all the details on the 2015 Good Food Awards, from the Blind Tasting in September to the Oscars-style Awards Ceremony in January.  Check out their Autumn 2014 publication to learn about our origins, the Awards, and the importance of tasty, authentic responsible food.

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Good Food Awards in San Francisco Magazine

Posted on November 25, 2014 in News

Our very own founder, Sarah Weiner, is profiled in the December “Power” Issue of San Francisco Magazine.  Check it out for great stories on the impact of winning a Good Food Award from past winners Olympic Provisions, INNA Jam and Fruition Chocolate.  There’s also a look into the Good Food Awards Blind Tasting and a sneak peak at the new Good Food Mercantile. Cheers to “the Arbiter of Good”!


2015 Good Food Awards Finalists Announced

Posted on October 23, 2014 in News

Our friends at the San Francisco Chronicle’s Inside Scoop have the details on this year’s 206 Good Food Awards Finalists, showcasing the best of tasty, authentic and responsible.  The 150 Good Food Awards Winners will be announced in a special Awards Ceremony on January 8, 2015 in San Francisco followed by a gala reception.  Tickets to all of January’s events including the public Good Food Awards Marketplace and Beer & Spirits Garden can be found here.