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.

2015 Good Food Awards Update

Posted on September 23, 2014 in Home Page, News

We are currently in the process of vetting all high scoring entries to ensure they meet our sustainability criteria. All high scorers will be contacted by email between now and the end of October. Finalists will be notified of their status after all responses are received and verified for their category. An official press release with the full list of Finalists will be posted on our website in mid-November. Thank you for your patience!

Good Food Awards Boxes Available on Treatsie!

Posted on September 12, 2014 in Home Page, News

We’re excited about our new partnership with Treatsie, a company sourcing amazing artisan sweets from small-batch vendors around the country! Click here to purchase curated Confections, Chocolate and Preserves Boxes featuring 2014 Good Food Awards Winners!

Entry Period Extended to August 5!

Posted on August 2, 2014 in Home Page, News

We get it, it’s been a busy summer – maybe you just got back from vacation, maybe our email got lost in the shuffle or maybe you’re up to your elbows making your tasty, authentic and responsible food. Everyone deserves a break, so we’re extending the entry period deadly to midnight on Tuesday, August 5. Because celebrating five years of Good Food deserves a fifth week of incredible entries, don’t you think?

Be sure to enter before midnight on Tuesday to be part of the only national initiative to recognize excellent in taste and sustainability. The entry fee is $65 per entry to cover storing, sorting and processing, and don’t forget members of the Good Food Merchants Guild get one free entry, so join today! Take me to the Good Food Awards entry page please.

Thank You, Portland!

Posted on July 29, 2014 in News

We want to thank everyone who came out to our Portland Roadshow event and a special thanks to our partners Olympic Provisions, Organic Valley and Ecotrust for their support.  In case you missed the event, check out this great recap from the Portland Tribune.


Good Food Awards Entry Period, Open Now

Posted on July 7, 2014 in News

We’re thrilled to announce our fifth annual call for entries! From July 7 – August 1 we’ll be accepting entries to the Good Food Awards in 11 categories: beer, cheese, charcuterie, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves, oils, spirits and – new this year – honey.  In celebration of our fifth anniversary we’ve also expanded existing categories to make this year our biggest and best yet.  Producers can now enter ciders (in the Beer category), preserved fish (Charcuterie) yogurt and kefir (Cheese), kombucha (Pickles) and cocktail modifiers (Spirits).

Our friends over at Good Food Web have the scoop from our very own Good Food Awards Director, Sarah Weiner on the impact and value of winning a Good Food Award for small businesses – check it out here.

Thank You DC!

Posted on June 11, 2014 in News

Thank you to everyone who helped make our DC Roadshow stop a success!  Special thanks to the team from Edens and Union Market – Jodie McLean, Katie Bucklew, Jenna Stern, Evelyn Hawkins and Richie Bradenburg.  We’d also thank our Good Food Marketplace vendors who joined us from across the Eastern Seaboard, from Brooklyn to Raleigh and everywhere in between.  Stay tuned for photos on our Flickr page, and check out these two beautiful photos essays of our time in DC:  from Brightest Young Things some gorgeous shots of Sunday Supper and from our friends at Dolcezza a recap of our Monday night potluck with farmers, artisans and friends.