Following our passion and support for all things sustainable and organic, DPEM began a new venture – Seedling Projects – with Sarah Weiner, former Content Director for Slow Food Nation in January of 2010. In its inaugural year, Seedling Projects developed the first ever Good Food Awards and brought together a nationally renowned group of food writers, grocers, farmers, craft food producers and chefs.
The Good Food Awards launches its second year with a call for entries July 5 to September 1. Seedling Projects, the “‘do tank’ for the food movement” behind the initiative, invites food producers from across the country to submit their beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles and preserves to a blind tasting with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, Amanda Hesser, Nell Newman and 80 other food movement leaders. This year, they have also added a new category – check the website on July 5 to find out! The catch: everything must be produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner to be eligible to enter the blind tasting.
Last year’s 71 winners received some unexpected perks, from special placements in Whole Foods Market and Williams Sonoma stores nationwide to media coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post and New York Times. All winners are honored in a ceremony and marketplace at the San Francisco Ferry Building and receive the Good Food Awards Seal to place on their winning products all year long.
You can review the sustainability criteria and enter online at www.goodfoodawards.org. The entry fee is $35.