For a long time, certifications for responsible food production and awards for superior taste have remained distinct—one honors social and environmental responsibility, while the other celebrates flavor. The Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food—the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities—contains all of these ingredients. We take a comprehensive view, honoring people who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.
The Good Food Awards were created through a collaboration of food producers, farmers, food journalists and independent grocers organized by Seedling Projects. This team nominates judges from across the country to select over 100 winners from 5 regions of the country that are then honored at a special ceremony in San Francisco in January. Various food luminaries have hosted this event, including Alice Waters. To showcase the winners among the broader food-loving public, there is a vibrant Good Food Marketplace the day after the awards ceremony. Visitors to the marketplace can taste, buy and meet the producers behind theses award-winning foods, surrounded by the spectacular Saturday Farmers’ Market at San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building.
In its fourth year, the Good Food Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater. This year’s 130 winners will be honored by special guests Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl with a keynote address delivered by Nell Newman and hosted by Master of Ceremonies Dr. Zeke Emanuel. The Gala reception will feature winning products in their unaltered forms on regional tasting plates, as well as in original dishes conceived of by A16′s Christopher Thompson, Francis Hogan of Bluestem Brasserie, Parke Ulrich of Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar, Robin Song of Hi Lo BBQ and Hog & Rocks, Liza Shaw of Merigan Sub Shop, Telmo Faria of Tacolicious, Evan Bloom & Leo Beckerman of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, and Renee Diskowski and Jill Thomas of Whole Foods Market.