The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. Good Food Award recipients are those who push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities.
Our fearless leaders, Josh and Jess, were among those assembled on January 8th to celebrate the 2015 Good Food Awards winners and accept our award at the fifth annual awards ceremony at San Francisco’s historic Palace of Fine Arts. The evening honored this year’s 150 winning food and drink producers from across the country who have a shared a passion for delicious, mindfully produced food and drink.
"It was not easy to make it on the list," says Sarah Weiner, co-founder and Executive Director of Seedling Projects. "The quality of entries increases every year. The 2015 Finalists are truly leaders in their fields, epitomizing taste, authenticity and responsible production."
In its fifth year, Good Food Awards will be given to winners in 11 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, pickles, preserve, spirits, and oil. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.
This year’s winners were selected from 1,462 entries from all 50 states in a Blind Tasting held in September. The 180 judges, experts in their various industries, flew to San Francisco for a full day of blind tasting. Those that rose to the top were subject to a rigorous vetting process to verify they met the sustainability and social responsibility criteria to win a Good Food Award. This year’s Good Food Award winners exemplify excellence in both taste and responsible production.
"It's incredibly exciting to receive a national award for doing what you love." said Jess Steffy, who accepted the award onstage for Square One Coffee. "We work really hard to provide delicious coffee for our customers, and we do our best to respect everyone who makes that possible. This award truly belongs to the farmers who grow our coffees, our importers, our roasters, our wholesale crew, our baristas, and our customers."
For the full list of winners, see:www.goodfoodawards.org/winners