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GOOD FOOD AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

December 13, 2010
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 15, 2010) – The Good Food Awards is proud to announce the 130 outstanding American food producers nominated to receive a Good Food Awards Winner Seal – assuring consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good. As the first awards platform to celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat – tasty, authentic, and responsible – the Good Food Awards received over 780 products from 41 states, all vying for a chance to be among the 80 winners recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by Alice Waters on January 14, 2011.

The official judging took place at Hub-SOMA, a LEED designed co-working space and art gallery, where judges blind tasted their way through America’s foodscape. Among the 80 judges, were a veritable who’s who of food industry visionaries including venerated coffee roasters Andrew Barnett (Ecco Caffe) and President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America Peter Guliano, cheesemonger Sarah Dvorak (Mission Cheese) and cheese expert Laura Werlin (The New American Cheese), chocolate icons John Scharffenberger and Alice Medrich, in addition to veteran journalist Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, and industry leaders Nell Newman of Newman’s Own Organics and Bruce Aidells (Bruce Aidells’s Complete Book of Pork).

“The hunger to celebrate our peers who are raising the bar for craft food production was vividly apparent this last month,” said Sarah Weiner, Director of the Good Food Awards. “With hundreds more entries than we could have imagined, and dozens of judges flying in from across the country — even from Guatemala in the case of one coffee grower — we knew we had touched on something needed. We are both humbled and thrilled to be a part of an American food renaissance, and are looking forward to seeing this dynamic community grow.”

On January 14, 2011, winners will be announced at the Good Food Awards Ceremony hosted by Alice Waters at the San Francisco Ferry Building, followed by a Marketplace event on January 15, 2011 where food lovers will be able to talk shop with producers, plus taste and purchase the award-winning products.Both events will kick off Good Food Month (January 14 – February 20, 2011), a celebration of responsibly produced, delicious food that will consist of over 500 independently organized events throughout the Bay Area – from special farm tours of local dairies and salsa tastings at Community Kitchen, to a panel discussion of gender in the chocolate industry, food crafting demos, and a special pop up general store. Event logistics (including special farmers market events free of charge) and ticket pricing for Good Food Month will be released by December 15 2010, at whichtime tickets can be purchased online at http://www.goodfoodawards.org.

CHARCUTERIE:

Alexian Pate – Duck Mousse With Cognac (East: Neptune, NJ)Café Rouge – Smoked Beef Tongue (West: Berkeley, CA)Col. Bill Newsoms Aged Hams – Col. Newsoms Free Range Aged Ham (Central: Princeton, KY)Creminelli Fine Meats – Barolo Handcrafted Italian Salami (West: Salt Lake City, UT)Creminelli Fine Meats – Wild Boar Handcrafted Italian Salami (West: Salt Lake City, UT)Cypress – Cypressata (South: Charleston, SC)Formaggio Kitchen – Pancetta (East: Cambridge, MA)Gary West Meats – Natural Buffalo Strips (North: Jacksonville, OR)La Quercia – La Quercia Prosciutto Green Label (Central: Norwalk, IA)North Park Meat Co. / The Linkery – Country Ham (West: San Diego, CA)OLLI Salumeria Americana – Culatello (East: Richmond, VA)OLLI Salumeria Americana – Lomo (East: Richmond, VA)Olympic Provisions – Loukanika (North: Portland, OR)Olympic Provisions – Saucisson d’Arles (North: Portland, OR)Olympic Provisions – Rioja Style Chorizo (North: Portland, OR)Olympic Provisions Restaurant – Pork Liver Mousse (North: Portland, OR)Pine Street Market – Dry Cured Coppa (South: Atlanta, GA)S Wallace Edwards & Sons – Surryano Ham (East: Surry, VA)Salame Beddu – Coppa Rossa (Central: St. Louis, MO)Tender Greens – Smoked Prosciutto (West: San Diego, CA)The Chameleon Café – Free Range Chicken Liver Pate (East: Baltimore, MD) The Girl and the Fig – Coppa (West: Sonoma, CA)The Girl and the Fig – Pimenton Salami (West: Sonoma, CA) Vande Rose Farms – Applewood Smoked Artisan Cured Ham (Central: Oskaloosa, IA)Weeping Radish Farm Brewery – Liverwurst (South: Grandy, NC)

PICKLES:Ann’s Raspberry Farm – Savory Brussels Sprout Relish (Central: Fredericktown, OH)Artisanal Soy – Kimchi (East: Washington DC)Ceres Community Project – Arame & Ginger Sauerkraut Salad (West: Sebastopol, CA)Cultured – Spicy Oregano Purple Carrots (West: Berkeley, CA)Farmer’s Daughter – Spicy Green Tomato (South: Carborro, NC)Firefly Kitchens – Yin Yang Carrots (North: Seattle, WA)FoodMatch Inc. – Hot Pickled Okra (East: New York, NY)FoodMatch Inc. – Essie’s Sweet and Sour Green Tomato Relish (East: New York, NY)FoodMatch Inc. – Pickled Watermelon Rind (East: New York, NY)McClure’s Pickles – McClure’s Brine (Central: Detroit, MI)Metzger Specialty Brands – Tillen Farms Pickled Crispy Asparagus (East: New York, NY)Olympic Provisions – Pickled Corno di Toro Peppers (North: Portland, OR)Real Pickles – Organic Garlic Dill (East: Greenfield, MA)Rick’s Picks – Phat Beets (East: New York, NY) Sonoma Valley Sharecropper – Sweet & Sour Squash (West: Sonoma, CA) Sour Puss Pickles – Peppered Okra (East: Brooklyn, NY)Spirit Creek Farm – Purple Sauerkraut (Central: Bayfield, WI)Tender Greens – Spiced Baby Carrots (West: San Diego, CA)We Love Jam – Bread and Butter Pickles (West: Santa Clara, CA)

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