Good Food Awards Finalists Include East Bayites

Contenders include Alameda's Almanac Beer Co., Oakland's Community Grains, and more.


Image courtesy of Tsar Nicoulai

Many East Bay contenders are among the finalists just announced for 2020's tenth annual Good Food Awards competition.

Winners will be announced Jan. 17 during a gala ceremony in San Francisco's historic War Memorial & Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the ceremony, whose honorary host will be Chez Panisse founder and California Cuisine creator Alice Waters, are limited.

The public can also meet contestants and sample their wares on Jan. 19 at the Good Food Awards Marketplace in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center.

Following a rigorous blind tasting of nearly 2,000 entries by judges who included grocers, makers, farmers, and chefs, the finalists were drawn from among artisanal, sustainable foods and drinks made by crafters from 42 different states as well as Washington DC and Guam.  

As described in a press release, GFA finalists are hailed for "emphasizing fairness and transparency from seed to plate, promoting safe and enjoyable working environments, and safeguarding biodiversity by creating products free of genetically modified ingredients. Finalists ... are crafting food that is good for both consumers and the environment, favoring practices that build soil health for generations to come without the use of pesticides and herbicides."

Among the foods and drinks under consideration, "seventeen high-scoring products were disqualified for not meeting the sustainability standards," according to the press release. 

East Bay-based finalists include Alameda's Almanac Beer Co. for its Apricot Sournova and LOVE Hazy IPA; Oakland's Oakland Spirits Company's Automatic Uptown Dry Gin and Automatic Halfshell Gin; Oakland's Community Grains for its Identity Preserved Organic Spaghetti Pasta and Identity Preserved Organic Red Flint "Floriani" Corn Polenta Integrale; Berkeley's Fra'Mani Handcrafted Foods for its Salame Toscano; Berkeley's The Local Butcher Shop for its Duck Liver Mousse; Concord's Tsar Nicoulai Caviar for its Sturgeon Paté, Sweet 'n' Hot Smoked Sturgeon, and Golden Reserve Caviar; Richmond's Falcon Spirits Distillery for its Raspberry Liqueur, Aperitivo Aplomado, and Amaro Aplomado; and Hayward's Lucky Dog Hot Sauce for its Applewood-Smoked Habanero Hot Sauce with Pears & Dates.

Congratulations to all finalists — and let's hope some of our local faves win! 


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