Kimchi, cortado, bread and butter pickles: 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.
Lila Holland comes from a background in writing, editing, nonprofit shenanigans, and midnight baking sprees. After quitting her Internet media job, she’s now slipping fingers into food-related pies all over San Francisco.
Deena Shanker is a dynamic freelance writer, blogger, and former communications coordinator at Seedling Projects. Previously a commercial litigation attorney for Vinson & Elkins in New York, Deena ditched the corporate life for San Francisco’s vibrant food cultures and beautiful weather. In addition to pickles, Deena enjoys hanging out with her dog and eating cheese, often at the same time.
Nicole Mason currently manages the Marketing Communication efforts at Veritable Vegetable, the nation’s oldest distributor of certified organic fruits and vegetables. Previously, Nicole spent five years at Roots of Change and prior to moving to California, Nicole served as the Farm to Table Initiative Director at Earth Pledge.
Katy Tackett hails from a small Mississippi town with an early pickle history. Raised there on the “not so finer things in life,” pickles are her one true obsession, and she has made her name as a recognized expert in the cucumber patch. Having been featured in The Pickled Pantry by Andrea Chesman as well as articles in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Observer and Rachel Ray Magazine, her Brooklyn born blog, Picklefreak.com, is the go-to spot for pickle fans and fetishists around the world. Now living in and loving New Orleans, home of the pickled mirliton (look it up!) Katy is thrilled to be on the pickle committee for the Good Food Awards.
2013 Pickles Judges
Peter Jacobsen, Culinary Gardener and Owner of Jacobsen Orchards
Nick Wiseman, Founder of Roadside Food Projects
Cal Peternell, Chef at Chez Panisse
Lynne Bennet, Food Writer at the San Francisco Chronicle
Gibson Thomas, Publisher of Edible Marin & Wine Country
Brenda Crow, Owner of FoodShed
Jerry James Stone, Writer at TreeHugger
Jennifer Harris, Event Coordinator at Freestone Fermentation Festival
Ron Tanner, Vice President at NASFT
Carla Jenkins, Owner of Texas Farmers Market
Chad Newton, Culinary Director at FK Restaurants & Hospitality
Rich Hackett, Owner of Bucanova
Amber Turpin, Freelance Food Writer
Ashlie Martin, Head of Marketing and Events at Stanton & Company
Autumn Teeter, Pickle Maker and Slow Food Enthusiast
Chris Sullivan, Digital Director at Williams Sonoma
Felicia Campbell, Assistant Editor at Saveur Magazine
Nicole Mason, Manager at Veritable Vegetable
Maria Hunt, Writer of The Bubbly Bar