Good Food Awards Issues Call for Entries

Past Oakland-based winners include Mr. Espresso and Blue Bottle.


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Continuing its annual quest to honor artisanal food-and-beverage crafters nationwide, this week the Good Food Awards launched a national call for entries in a wide range of categories — including a brand-new one.

From among those entries, winners will be chosen by a judging panel comprising over 250 crafters, grocers, chefs, journalists, and food-movement pioneers.

Past GFA judges have included East Bay-based culinary superstars Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and Ruth Reichl. 

Past East Bay-based winners include Oakland's Mr. Espresso and Blue Bottle Coffee; Berkeley's The Local Butcher Shop, Wooden Spoons, and La Tourangelle; Richmond's Far West Cider; Concord's Tsar Nicolai Caviar, and more.

To enter, crafters are asked to fill out an online form at this page by July 31, then to send samples for a September blind tastings. 

Categories include beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, honey, fish, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits and — for the first time ever — snacks.

Snack items eligible for consideration can include popcorns, granolas, chips, crackers, crisps, puffs, bars, balls, hard pretzels, crunchy mixes, and more.

Announced every January, the Good Food Awards are organized by the San Francisco-based Good Food Foundation in collaboration with producers, writers, and others. The awards' presenting sponsor is the Good Food Merchants Collective, comprising twenty independently owned US retailers. 

Among these retailers are Healdsburg Shed, Bi-Rite Market, Cowgirl Creamery, Williams-Sonoma, and the East Bay's own Market Hall Foods.

“Market Hall Foods has been sourcing and sharing the world’s best flavors for thirty years," reads a joint statement from MHF's retail director Juliana Uruburu and senior buyer Wendy Robinson.

"Our family of businesses include Market Hall Foods in Oakland and Berkeley ... and the shops at Rockridge Market Hall in Oakland, where we are dedicated to finding ever more reasons to eat great food," the statement continued.

"From our local foodshed to gastronomic destinations abroad, we forage tirelessly, taste with gusto, and build relationships with artisan producers to bring food lovers the finest specialty ingredients. We strive to be a valuable, dependable resource for our customers, telling the stories of our unique products and sharing advice, uses, recipes, and techniques.” 

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