Good Food Awards Announce Year Two Finalists

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While you may not have heard of the Good Food Awards, there is a good chance you've enjoyed food from some of their winners. The not-for-profit organization celebrates not only the kind of food we should be eating but the kind we want to eat;t it's both tasty and responsible.

However, you may have seen a few recipes from our Green Wine Guide involving the Good Food Award. As the head recipe developer for the Guide, I've made a vegetarian soup using Good Food Award winning coffee and a raspberry-jalapeno BBQ dipping sauce, just to name a few. I even had the honor in judging this year's entries. I got to judge beer alongside Michael Pollan. Now how cool is that?

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Other GFA categories include charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles, preserves and spirits. I am trying to get them to add wine. Are you listening, Good Food Awards? We need good wine!

But their director, Sarah Weiner, says it best.

“It is fascinating to see such different companies united in the values of sustainability and social responsibility, and produc- ing incredibly delicious food. All around the country these small and medium size businesses are creating good jobs for their community and supporting other local businesses, from dairies to sustainable farmers to local graphic designers. Food manufacturing is one of the largest growth industries in the country, and ‘good food’ producers are creating both food and jobs that nourish our communities,” notes Weiner.

The Good Food Awards is organized by Seedling Projects in collaboration with a broad community of food producers, chefs, food writers and passionate food-lovers, led by Sarah Weiner and Dominic Phillips.

Good Food Award winners will be announced on January 13, 2012, at a ceremony at San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building, which brings winners and their families together with the nation’s leading chefs, buyers, food movement leaders, media, and food writers. Oh, and yours truly!

Here are the finalists. Please tell us me Twitter which ones you have had!

BEER

Alaskan Brewing Company, Smoked Porter Alaska
Almanac Beer, Summer 2010 Vintage Blackberry Ale California
Ballast Point Brewing Company, Sculpin India Pale Ale California
Brooklyn Brewery, Local 2 New York
The Bruery, Oude Tart California
COAST Brewing Company, 32/50 Kolsch & HopArt IPA South Carolina Drake’s Brewing Co., Drakonic Imperial Stout & Drake’s 1500 Pale Ale California
Fish Brewing Company, IPA & Winterfish Seasonal Ale Washington
Goose Island Beer Company, Pepe Nero Illinois
Hopworks Urban Brewery, Abominable Winter Ale & Hopworks IPA Oregon Independence Brewing Co., Convict Hill Stout Texas
Lagunitas Brewing Company, a lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ California
New Belgium Brewing, Mothership Wit Colorado
Odell Brewing Company, 90 Shilling & Odell IPA Colorado
Pagosa Brewing Company, Coconut Porter Colorado
Pike Brewing Company, Pike Naughty Nellie Golden Style Ale Washington Smuttynose Brewing, Robust Porter New Hampshire
Victory Brewing Company, Helios Ale & HopDevil Ale Pennsylvania

CHARCUTERIE

Adesso, Speck California
Café Rouge, Duck Pate California
CHOP Butchery and Charcuterie, Herbs de Provence Salami Oregon Columbus Foods, Finnochiona California
Creminelli Fine Meats, Bresaola Piccolo & Finnochiona Salami Utah Cypress, Soppressata South Carolina
Fatted Calf, Pork, Rabbit, and Duck Terrine California
Formaggio Kitchen, Rabbit Pate Massachusetts
Gary West Smoked Meats, Elk Strips Oregon
La Quercia, Country Cured Bacon Iowa
Letelier Food Co., Chicken Liver Pate Texas
Marche, Duck Liver and Apple Mousse Oregon
Olympic Provisions, Chorizo Navarre Oregon
Pine Street Market, Coppa Georgia
Red Apron Butchery, Crème de Cochon Virginia
S. Wallace Edwards and Sons, Surryano Ham Virginia
Tails and Trotters Charcuterie, Liver Pate & Pork Pastrami Oregon Vermont Smoke and Cure, Cob and Maple Smoked Bacon Vermont

CHEESE

Achadinha Cheese Company, Capricious California
Avalanche Cheese Company, Cabra Blanca, Hand Bandaged Goat Cheddar & Lamborn Bloomers Colorado
Bellwether Farms, Carmody & Whole Milk Ricotta California
Canal Junction Farmstead Cheese, Charloe Ohio
Cellars at Jasper Hill (Scholten Farms), Weybridge Vermont
Cherry Grove Farm, Toma New Jersey
Cypress Grove Chevre, PsycheDillic California
Garden Variety Cheese, Black Eyed Susan & Hollyhock California
Goatsbeard Farm, Goatsbeard Fresh Cheese Missouri
Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese, Certoux Oregon
Hidden Springs Creamery, Driftless Wisconsin
Mozzarella Company, Hoja Santa Goat Cheese Texas
Old Chatham Sheepherding Co., Kinderhook Creek New York
Rainbeau Ridge, Meredian & MontVivant New York
Rivers Edge Chevre, Sunset Bay & Valsetz Oregon
Saint Benoit Yogurt, Organic Yogurt Cheese California
Uplands Cheese, Pleasant Ridge Reserve Wisconsin

CHOCOLATE

Amano Artisan Chocolate, Guayas Utah
Bittersweet, Rich Milk California
Dandelion Chocolate, 70% Costa Rica California
Escazu Artisan Chocolate, 60% Goat’s Milk & 65% Costa Rica North Carolina Fresco Chocolate, 214 Madagascar 74% & 217 Chuao 70% Washington Lillie Belle Farms, Perfect Illusion 65 Oregon
Patric Chocolate, PBJ OMG & Signature 70% Blend Missouri
Rogue Chocolatier, Hispaniola & Sambirano Massachusetts
Theo Chocolate, Theo and Jane Goodall 70% Dark Chocolate Washington

COFFEE

Broadway Café and Roasting Company, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Missouri Counter Culture Coffee, Buna Ababa North Carolina
Equator Coffees & Teas, Ethiopia Watadera FTO California
Flying Goat Coffee, Ethiopia Sidamo Moredocofe California
George Howell Coffee Company, Konga Yirgacheffe Massachusetts Gimme! Coffee, Colombia Finca San Luis New York
Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co., Organic Ethiopia Koke Missouri
Kickapoo Coffee, Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Wisconsin
Klatch Coffee Inc., Ethiopia Worka California
Noble Coffee Roasting, Columbia Finca San Luis Oregon
Sightglass Coffee, Ethiopia Shakiso California

PICKLES

Ann’s Raspberry Farm and Specialty Crops, Savory Brussel Sprout Relish Ohio
CHOP Butchery and Charcuterie, Our Bread and Butter Oregon
Coldwater Canyon Provisions, Spiced Crabapples California
Cuisine en Locale, Pickled Peaches Massachusetts
Datil B Good Products, Datil Pear Relish Florida
Emmy’s Pickles and Jams, Turmeric Cauliflower California
Farmhouse Culture, Smoked Jalapeno Sauerkraut California
Firefly Kitchens, Cortido Sauerkraut Washington
Let’s Be Frank, Devil Sauce California
McClure’s Pickles, McClure’s Garlic Pickles Michigan
Miss Jenny’s Pickles, Habanero Bread and Butter Pickles North Carolina OlyKraut LLC, Eastern European Sauerkraut Washington
Real Pickles, Organic Garlic Dill Pickles & Organic Red Cabbage Massachusetts
Sour Puss Pickles, Ramps New York
Spirit Creek Farm, Curtido Wisconsin

PRESERVES

American Spoon, Heirloom Tomato Preserve & Wild Thimbleberry Jam Michigan
Ann’s Raspberry Farm and Specialty Crops, Jalapeno Raspberry Gourmet Jam & Red Raspberry Gourmet Jam Ohio
Artisan Preserves, Orange Honey Marmalade California
Chez Pim, Blueberry and Golden Raspberry Jam California
Confituras, Bourbon Brown Sugar Peach Preserves Texas
Dagstani and Sons, Pear Vanilla Preserves Colorado
Deluxe Foods, Jeweled Strawberry Preserves Washington
Ellelle Kitchen, Fig Walnut with Backyard Orange California
Farmer’s Daughter Brand, Strawberry Honeysuckle Jam North Carolina Half-Pint Preserves, Rhubarb Strawberry Rose Petal Jam New York HeathGlen Organic Farm & Kitchen, Blueberry Lavender Merlot Jam Minnesota
P&H Soda Co., Hibiscus Soda Syrup New York
Plumline, Raspberry Jam California
Sweet Creek Foods, Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread Oregon
Sweet Deliverance, Concord Grape Jelly New York
The Orchard at Flathead Lake, Organic Blushing Tart Cherry Jam Montana Wine Forest Wild Foods, Wild Elderberry Syrup California

SPIRITS

1512 Spirits, Barbershop Rye California
Balcones Distilling, LLC, Rumble Cask Reserve Texas
Ballast Point Brewing Company, Aged Three Sheets Rum California Cascade Peak Spirits, Inc., Organic Nation Vodka Oregon
Clear Creek Distillery, Poire William Eau de Vie Oregon
Death’s Door Spirits, White Whiskey Wisconsin
Downslope Distilling, Wine Barrel Aged Rum Colorado
Finger Lakes Distilling, Cherry Liqueur & McKenzie Rye Whiskey New York Leopold Bros, Maraschino Liqueur & Tart Cherry Liqueur Colorado
Marian Farms, Ltd., California Pisco California
Peak Spirits, CapRock Gin & CapRock Vodka Colorado
RoughStock Montana Whiskey, Montana Whiskey Montana
Square One Organic Spirits, Basil Vodka & Organic Vodka California
Wylie Howell Spirits, LLC, Whiskey California

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