Kimchi, cortado, bread and butter pickles and even kombucha: all vinegared and lacto-fermented savories made around the country from real ingredients that are responsibly foraged or grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides are eligible for the Good Food Pickles Award. View the full criteria for entry.


Julia Braun has been experimenting in the kitchen for as long as she has been tall enough to see over the counter. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2012, she has taken her love of pickling to a professional level, working for Cultured pickle shop in Berkeley.  She currently spends her days serving paella at Duende in Oakland, where she occasionally has the honor of fermenting vegetables for the kitchen and bar.  She is also launching Hugs & Knishes, a bicycle powered food cart and catering company that specializes in Eastern European street food (and yes, pickles!).

Miriam Feiner‘s love of food was born on the farm, and raised in the garden.  For two and a half years Miriam ran a pickles and preserves business as part of Adamah’s Jewish farming and sustainability fellowship.  Fearing that she would leave work every day smelling like pickles, she still loved being up to her elbows in 55 gallon barrels of Adamah Dills and Firekraut. More recently, Miriam has bridged her love of farming and food with the education system, where she has held teaching, administrative and management roles in garden and cooking programs in San Francisco and Berkeley.


Todd Champagne, Owner, Happy Girl Kitchen


Arlo Crawford, Author of  A Farm Dies Once A Year
Bianca Kaprielian,
Produce Buyer at Veritable Vegetable
Carleen Weirauch, Owner of Weirauch Farm and Creamery
Chad Lott, Regional Copywriter at Whole Foods Market
Charlie Thieriot, Owner of Rancho Llano Seco
Christian Reynoso, Chef at Rice Paper Scissors and author of ChristianReynoso.com
Cindy Daniel, Owner of SHED 
Dennis Murphy, Marketing and PR Administrator at Green Leaf

Joel Lamica, Cook at Ramen Shop
K. Ruby Blume, Founder of Institute of Urban Homesteading
Leo Beckerman, Co-Founder of Wise Sons Deli
Michelle Maria Fuerst, Pickles Curator of Slow Food Nation
Nathan Smith, Senior Staff at Cultured
Olga Katsnelson, Founder of Postcard Communications & Consulting
Peter Jacobsen, Orchardist at Jacobsen Orchards
Ron Tanner, Vice President, Philanthropy, Government & Industry Relations Officer of the Specialty Food Association 
Tiffany Nurrenbern, Program Director of The Farmers Guild
Vince Trotter, Community & Business Developer at Good Food Web
Zack Lester, Owner & Farmer at Tree & Leaf Farm