14 January, 2011

Good Food Awards - Good Food Month

Courtesy of goodfoodawards.org
Starting today (Friday, January 14, 2011) the San Francisco Ferry Building will be hosting an awards ceremony, exhibition marketplace, and month-long events program that honor "outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients," from all corners of the country. The awards will be handed out today, and tomorrow free samples of all the finalists' specialties will be up for grabs at the Marketplace from 8am-2pm. 

Courtesy of ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
Besides personal pride for a job well-done and some nice promotional perks for their efforts, those products that receive an award also have bestowed on them The Good Food Awards seal, which "assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good." The criteria include food that is, "made with real ingredients, local wherever possible, respect amongst the people whose work goes into creating it, and good animal husbandry. Good Food is made without the use of any artificial ingredients, hormones, synthetic pesticides and herbicides or genetically modified ingredients." There are contenders in seven categories (beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles and preserves) who are judged by rockstars from all realms of the foodie scene. 

My votes for each one include: 
[Beer] The "Dry Wit" from The Pike Brewing Company (Seattle, WA) because they were one of my preferred spots when I lived in Seattle, or the "Organic Gingerbread Ale" from Bison Brewing (Berkeley, CA) that I sampled last night in fact.

[Charcuterie] The coppa (because it's coppa) from The Girl and the Fig restaurant (Sonoma, CA), or the natural buffalo strips (because I like anything buffalo) from Gary West Meats (Jacksonville, OR).

[Cheese] The Bay Area staple "Red Hawk" by Cowgirl Creamery (Petaluma, CA) since just about anything from that fine establishment will do. 

[Chocolate] Hometown locals' "Dragon's Breath" from Jade Chocolates, which has roasted sesame seeds, smoky lapang souchong tea, and ground red chili, or the  "Aztec Chile Tiles" (because obviously I like my chocolate dark and spicy, especially when combined with pumpkin seeds and cinnamon) from Poco Dolce.

[Coffee] "Kenya Kiandu" from our own Ritual Roasters, the "Kemgin" from Oakland's Blue Bottle Coffee, or the "Finca Kilimanjaro" from the ever-fabulous Counter Culture Coffee (Durham, NC). *Sadly, I saw no entries that used beans from my beloved Brazil.*

[Pickles] Utilizing two of my favorite vegetables, the "Savory Brussels Sprout Relish" by Ann's Raspberry Farm from my home state (Fredericktown, OH), or the nicely named "Phat Beets" from Rick's Picks (New York, NY).

[Preserves] The "Bourbon’d Figs" and "Muscadine Preserves" from Farmer's Daughter Brand (Carrboro, NC) look tasty, or the "Ground Cherry Jam" (because cherries are good and this business looks neat) from Sweet Deliverance (New York, NY).

Courtesy of goodfoodawards.org
Festivities will continue throughout the month all around the Bay Area and are broken down into groups: (Jan. 17-23) Coffee and Chocolate; (Jan. 24-30) Cheese and Preserves; (Jan, 31-Feb. 6) Pickles and Charcuterie; (Feb. 7-13) Immigrant Food Week; and (Feb. 11-20) SF Beer Week. Definitely check out that last link...BEER WEEK!

Courtesy of blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2011/01/good_food_awards_marketplace.php

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