Noticed: 2015 Good Food Award Winners

By Regina Connell.

The Good Food Awards were held a couple of weeks back in San Francisco: new venue, a new category (honeys), and 1462 entrants from 50 states. It’s a great sign that these awards are blowing up.

Lee's Birthday Mocha Cookies

espresso and milk, image courtesy of Lee and Lou Cook

Also inspiring was the massive turnout at the Good Foods Mercantile, which connected sellers of Good Food to commercial/wholesale buyers of Good Food. Dubbed the UnTradeshow, it ran at the same time as the mammoth San Francisco fancy food show. By offering the same sized booths to everyone, a start time conducive to arriving well-rested, and booth fees at a fraction of the price other trade shows charge, Sarah Weiner and her team created “the Good Food Movement’s answer to building commerce and community.” It helps that it also includes smart programming with the goal of making it easier for those who want to carry tasty, authentic, responsible food to do so. Hopefully, we’ll all be seeing more of this food on our grocery shelves… and not just at Whole Foods.

The next Good Food Mercantile will be held in New York at the end of June 2015 to coincide with the Summer Fancy Food Show.

Without further ado, I offer you the following for inclusion in your shopping lists.

Shacksbury's The 1840, image courtesy of Shacksbury

Shacksbury’s The 1840, image courtesy of Shacksbury

BEER

Blackberry Farm, Classic Saison, Tennessee
Bluejacket Brewery, Forbidden Planet & Rheinard de Vos, District of Columbia
Eden Ice Cider, Heirloom Blend, Vermont
Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Black Currant Cider, Washington
Fort Point Beer Company, Manzanita, California
Full Sail Brewing Company, Full Sail Amber Ale, Oregon
High Water Brewing, Aphotic Imperial Porter, California
Jester King Brewery, Atrial Rubicite & Montmorency vs. Balaton, Texas
Lakefront Brewery, Inc., Organic Belgium White, Wisconsin
Ninkasi Brewing Company, Vanilla Oatis, Oregon
Port City Brewing Company, Optimal Wit, Virginia
Shacksbury, The 1840, Vermont
Societe Brewing Company, The Pupil, California
Yards Brewing Company, Extra Special Ale, Pennsylvania

Olympic Provisions salamis, image courtesy of Olympic Provisions

Olympic Provisions salamis, image courtesy of Olympic Provisions

CHARCUTERIE

Avalanche Cheese Company, Goat Chorizo & Goat Finocchiona, Colorado
Continental Sausage, Smoked Pheasant Sausage, Colorado
Daniele, Inc., Juniper Berry Salame, Rhode Island
EcoFriendly Foods, Iberico Americana Long Leg Ham 20 Month, Virginia
FISH., Garlic and Olive Oil Preserved California Anchovies, California
Formaggio Kitchen, Summer Sausage & Tongue and Cheek Terrine, Massachusetts
Fra’ Mani Handcrafted Foods, Salame Nostrano, California  
Gary West Artisan Smoked Meats, Wood River Smoked Wagyu, Oregon 
Island Trollers, Original Troll Caught Albacore, Washington
JM Stock Provisions & Supply, House Paté de Campagne, Virginia
Market Hall Foods, Chicken Liver Mousse, California
Olympic Provisions, Flaco Paco & Salami Etna, Oregon
Smoking Goose, South Cider Salame, Indiana
S. Wallace Edwards & Sons, Peanut Fed Surryano Ham, Virginia
The Local Butcher Shop, Coppa di Testa, California

Blue Hill yogurts, image courtesy of Blue Hill

Blue Hill yogurts, image courtesy of Blue Hill

CHEESE

Alemar Cheese Company, Bent River Camembert, Minnesota
Avalanche Cheese Company, Goat Cheddar, Colorado
Bellwether Farms, Whole Jersey Milk Ricotta & Blackberry Sheeps Milk Yogurt, California
Blackberry Farm, Under the Pines, Tennessee
Blue Hill Yogurt, Parsnip Yogurt, New York
Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese, Tomme de Sawtell, Oregon
Jacobs and Brichford Farmstead Cheese, Ameribella, Indiana 
Jacobs Creamery, Bloomy, Washington
LaClare Farms, Martone, Wisconsin
Looking Glass Creamery, Connemara, North Carolina
Marin French Cheese, Petite Breakfast, California
Saint Benoit Creamery, Meyer Lemon Organic French Style Yogurt, California
Sequatchie Cove Creamery, Shakerag Blue, Tennessee 
Sprout Creek Farm, Margie, New York
Tomales Farmstead Creamery, Atika, California
Vermont Creamery, Bonne Bouche, Coupole, & Cremont, Vermont
von Trapp Farmstead, Mad River Blue, Vermont

French Broad Chocolates

French Broad Chocolates, image courtesy of French Broad Chocolates

CHOCOLATE

Acalli Chocolate, El Platanal (Chulucanas, Peru) 70% Dark Chocolate, Louisiana
Black Mountain Chocolate, Mountain Milk Bar, North Carolina
Charm School Chocolate, Coconut Milk Chocolate, Maryland
Dandelion Chocolate, Butuo, Liberia 70%, California
Escazu Chocolates, 70% Tumbes, Peru, North Carolina
French Broad Chocolates, 68% Nicaragua, North Carolina
Guittard Chocolate Company, Collection Etienne 45% Cacao, California
Maverick Chocolate Co., Fahrenheit 513, Ohio
Nathan Miller Chocolate, Ghana 70%, Pennsylvania 
Patric Chocolate, 67% Madagascar, Black Licorice Bar & PBJ OMG, Missouri

Magpie Coffee Roasters Kenya Gondo coffee, image courtesy of Magpie Coffee Roasters

Magpie Coffee Roasters Kenya Gondo coffee, image courtesy of Magpie Coffee Roasters

COFFEE

Bean Fruit Coffee Co., Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Chele’lektu, Mississippi
Blue Bottle Coffee, Ethiopia Sidama Homacho Waeno, New York
Case Coffee Roasters, Kenya Muthonjo AA, Oregon
Four Barrel Coffee, Ethiopia Bulga, California
Kaldi’s Coffe Roasting Co., Ethiopia Dama, Missouri
Kuma Coffee, Panama Carmen Estate, Washington
Madcap Coffee, Ethiopia Reko, Michigan
Magpie Coffee Roasters, Kenya Gondo AB, Nevada
Metric Coffee Co., Kenya Kayu AB, Illinois
Metropolis Coffee Co., Ethiopia Sidamo Suke Quto & Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aylele, Illinois
Noble Coffee Roasting, Ethiopian Shilcho, Oregon
Onyx Coffee Lab, Julio’s El Zapote Gesha, Arkansas
Panther Coffee Roasters, Kenya Kirura, Florida
ReAnimator Coffee, Ethiopia Aramo, Pennsylvania
Square One Coffee, Ethiopia Kore Kochore, Pennsylvania
Verve Coffee Roasters, Elida Estate Green-Tip Gesha, California

Big Picture Farm goat, image courtesy of Big Picture Farm

Big Picture Farm goat, image courtesy of Big Picture Farm

Big Picture Farm Roasted Raspberry Rhubarb Caramels, image courtesy of Big Picture Farm

Big Picture Farm Roasted Raspberry Rhubarb Caramels, image courtesy of Big Picture Farm

CONFECTIONS 

Arrowhead Chocolates, Espresso Truffle, Oregon
Big Picture Farm, Roasted Raspberry Rhubarb Goat Milk Caramel, Vermont
Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Cassis de Resistance, Maine
Cacao Art Chocolates, Panther Coffee Chocolate, Florida
Feve Artisan Chocolatier, Caramelized Chai Spiced Almonds, California
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Salty Caramel Sauce, Ohio
Kakao Chocolate, Turkish Coffee Truffle, Missouri
Little Apple Granola, Apple Cider Caramels, California
Patric Chocolate, Red Coconut Curry Bar, Missouri
Sapore della Vita, Caramel Sauce, Florida
Stacy’s Sweet Spot, Bodacious Bacon Beer Brittle, Virginia
St. Croix Chocolate Company, Peanut Butter and Wild Grape Jelly Bar, Minnesota
SunnysideLOCAL Produce, Salted Orange Wheat Beer Caramels, California
Videri Chocolate Factory, Strawberry Anise Ganache, North Carolina
Xocolatl de David, Sourdough & Olive Oil Bar, Oregon
Zoe’s Chocolate Co., Yogurt Praline, Pennsylvania

Gardens of Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, image courtesy of Blackberry Farm

Gardens of Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, image courtesy of Blackberry Farm

HONEY

Apoidea Apiary, Rosemary Infused Dark Knotweed Honey, Pennsylvania
AZ Queen Bee, Pure Raw Honeycomb, Arizona
Ballard Bee Company, Dark Cream Honey, Washington
Bees’ Needs Honey, Black Locust & Blackberry, New York
Blackberry Farm, Blackberry Farm Honey, Tennessee
Bloom Honey, White Clover Honey, California
Honey Ridge Farms, Clover Creamed Honey, Washington
Kloten Apiaries, Raw Honey, North Dakota
Mikolich Family Honey, Coastal Wildflower Honey, California
MtnHoney, Sourwood Honey, Georgia
Simmons Family Honey, Wildflower Honey, Georgia
Westwind Orchard, Raw Unpasteurized Honey, New York

Talcott Ranch in Carneros, Napa Valley, California, where olives for Stonehouse California Olive Oil are grown, image courtesy of Stonehouse California Olive Oil

Talcott Ranch in Napa Valley where olives for Stonehouse California Olive Oil are grown, image courtesy of Stonehouse California Olive Oil

OILS

Cloud 9 Orchard, Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California
La Tourangelle, Roasted Pistachio Oil & Roasted Walnut Oil, California
Lone Oak Olive Oil, Estate Grown, Tuscan Olives, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California
Long Meadow Ranch, Napa Valley Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California
Olivas de Oro, Mission Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California
Oliver Oil Co., Pecan Oil, Georgia
Stonehouse California Olive Oil, Basil Oil, California
The Olive Press, Sevillano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California

Sweet Farm Sauerkrauts, image courtesy of Sweet Farm

Sweet Farm Sauerkrauts, image courtesy of Sweet Farm

PICKLES

Akka’s, Eggplant Relish, California
American Spoon + The Brinery, Ramp Kimchi, Michigan
Ceceilia’s Gardens, Spicy Cardamom Pickles, California
Choi’s Kimchi Co., Napa Kimchi, Oregon
‘Chups, Mango Ketchup, District of Columbia
Farmer’s Daughter, Sweet Corn & Pepper Relish, North Carolina
Hosta Hill, Kimchi, Massachusetts
Lev’s Probiotics, Black Currant Kombucha, California
Market Hall Foods, Pickled Mixed Vegetables, California
Olykraut, Smoke & Kale, Washington
Ozuké, Umeboshi: Salted Paonia Plums, Colorado
Pacific Pickle Works, Jalabeanos, California
Pogue Mahone Pickles, Texas Sweet Heat Pickles, Texas
Real Pickles, Organic Beet Kvass, Massachusetts
Republic of Jam, Pickled Blueberries, Oregon
Southport Grocery & Cafe, Bread & Butter Pickles, Illinois
Sweet Farm Sauerkraut, Save the Bay Kraut, Maryland
Two Chicks Farm, Kimchi, North Carolina

Wild Blueberry Compote, image courtesy of American Spoon

Wild Blueberry Compote, image courtesy of American Spoon

PRESERVES

American Spoon, Wild Thimbleberry Jam & Wild Blueberry Compote, Michigan
Black Radish Creamery, King B, Ohio
Blake Hill Preserves, Cranberry & Orange Chutney, Vermont
Ceceilia’s Gardens, Curried Pumpkin Butter, California
Confituras, Wild Plum Jam, Texas
Crosstown Sweets, Blueberry Apricot Jam, New York
Farmer’s Daughter, Strawberry-Honeysuckle Jam, North Carolina
Green Jam Man, Black Currant Jam, Vermont
Heath Glen’s Farm & Kitchen, Pear Champagne & Rosemary Jelly, Minnesota
Honey Ridge Farms, Balsamic Honey Vinegar, Washington
INNA Jam, Black Mission Fig, California
Johnson Berry Farm, Tayberry Jam, Washington
KATZ,Late Harvest Viognier Honey Vinegar & Late Harvest Zinfandel Vinegar, California
Lemon Bird Preserves, Greengage Plum Jam, California
Little Apple Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar with Anise Hyssop and Tarragon, California
Plum Tree Jam, Tayberry Jam, Oregon
The Royal Gourmet Co., Mango Marmalade, Florida

Swallowtail Farm

Swallowtail Farm, image courtesy of Swallowtail Farm

SPIRITS

Bloomery Plantation Distillery, Pumpkin Spice Shine, West Virginia
Crude Bitters, Rizzo Bitters, North Carolina
Delaware Distilling Company, Premium Gin, Delaware
Hanson of Sonoma, Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka – Original, California
INNA Shrub, Quince Shrub, California
Long Meadow Ranch, Grappa, California
Peak Spirits Farm Distillery, CapRock Organic Pear Brandy, Colorado
RAFT Botanical Cocktail & Soda Syrups, Lemon Ginger Syrup & Hibiscus Lavender Syrup, Oregon
Republic of Jam, Spiced Peach Shrub, Oregon
Royal Rose Syrups, Three Chiles Syrup, Maine
Swallowtail Farm, Blackcurrant Syrup, Michigan
Venus Spirits, Gin Blend No. 1, California
Wine Forest Ltd., Wild Elderberry Shrub, California

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