Announcing The 2018 Good Food Awards Finalists

2018 Good Food Awards

Congratulations to the outstanding 279 food & drink crafters from 40 states and DC


2018 Good Food AwardsThe Good Food Foundation is proud to announce the 279 companies in the running for the 2018 Good Food Awards. The Finalists represent not just the best of America’s food movement, but the qualities we love most about this country: our rich cultural diversity, vibrant agricultural landscape, and the creativity and integrity of its small business owners.

The 15 categories the 2018 Good Food Awards celebrate – from spirits to cheese to coffee – comprise over $200 billion of America’s gross domestic product, a greater portion than the cattle and pork industries combined. The 2018 Good Food Awards Finalists represent the vanguard in each of their industries, setting new standards for gastronomic excellence as well as social and environmental practices that have over time proven to be adopted by the rest of the industry. Each Finalist rose to the top in a blind tasting of 2,057 entries, and also passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they meet 2018 Good Food Awards standards regarding supply chain transparency, environmentally sound agricultural practices, humane animal husbandry and deep community engagement.

Amongst their ranks are Mehdi Boujrada of Villa Jerada, who brings the flavors of his childhood home in Morocco to Seattle; Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu, who crafts Tuscan-style salami in Saint Louis; and Ayako Iino, who combines Japanese tradition with California plums to make her ume pickles, syrups, and preserves. All of the Finalists – including 162 companies (58%) that have never won before – partner with hundreds of farmers, ranchers and fishermen to actively build a better food system.

The 2018 Good Food Awards Winners will be announced on Friday, January 19, 2018, at a gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial, followed by two days of celebration including the public Good Food Awards Marketplace (Tickets: $5) and the industry-only Good Food Mercantile (Tickets: $35). A limited number of tickets are available to join the Winners and honorary host Alice Waters, pioneer of the food movement, at the Awards Ceremony (Tickets: $165).

2018 Good Food Awards


Here is the full list of the 2018 Good Food Awards Finalists:

BEER – 2018 Good Food Awards

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Allagash Brewing Company, Sixteen Counties, Maine
Almanac Beer Co., Apricot de Brettaville & Lavender Honey, California
Atwood Ales Farm Brewery, Rhuty, Washington
Brewery Vivant, Farm Hand, Michigan
Chetco Brewing Company, Elmorado IPA, Oregon
Drake’s Brewing Company, Cherryland, California
Eel River Brewing Company, Organic IPA, California
Full Sail Brewing Company, Amber Ale, Oregon
Falling Sky Brewing, Dreadnut Tropical Stout, Oregon
Fullsteam Brewery, Farm’s Edge: Alexis, Farm’s Edge: Brumley Forest & Farm’s Edge: Dinnsen’s Orchard, North Carolina
Headlands Brewing Company, Hill 88 Double IPA, California
Lakefront Brewery, My Turn Latif Double Chocolate Stout, Wisconsin
Ninkasi Brewing Company, Pacific Rain Pale Ale, Oregon
Perennial Artisan Ales, Savant Beersel & Glitter and Gold, Missouri
Port City Brewing, Tidings Ale, Virginia
Rogue Ales & Spirits, Honey Kolsch, Oregon
Southpaw BBQ, Flanders Red Ale, California
Strange Land Brewery, Scotch Ale & IPA, Texas
Throwback Brewery, Love Me Long Time Bohemian Pilsner, New Hampshire

CHARCUTERIE – 2018 Good Food Awards

American Pig, Picante Salami & Lomo, North Carolina
Beltex Meats, Coppa & Country Pate, Utah
Bi Rite Market, Duck Liver Mousse, California
Brooklyn Cured, Smoked Coppa, New York
Charlito’s Cocina, Campo Seco, New York
Elevation Charcuterie and Artisan Meats, Calabrese, Colorado
Farmer’s Daughter Market & Butcher, Hot Capicola, West Virginia
Fra’ Mani Handcrafted Foods, Salametto Piccante & Soppressata, California
JACüTERIE, Soppressata, New York
Lady Edison with San Giuseppe Salami Co., Sweet Sopressata & Spanish Style Chorizo, North Carolina
Les Trois Petits Cochons, Saucisson Sec Basque, New York
‘Nduja Artisans, Culatello, Illinois
Olympia Provisions, Chorizo El Rey & Green Peppercorn Pate, Oregon
Red Bear Provisions, Holy Cow! Beef Dry Salami Sticks, Illinois
Salume Beddu, Finocchiona, Missouri
Thistle Meats, Milano Salami, California
Toro Bravo, Sobrasada Mallorca, Fuet & Chorizo, Oregon
Underground Meats, Ghost Pepperoni, Wisconsin

CHEESE – 2018 Good Food Awards

Alemar Cheese Company, Bent River, Minnesota
Bellwether Farms, Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, California
Blackberry Farm, Hawkins Haze, Tennessee
Boxcarr Handmade Cheese, Campo & Winsome, North Carolina
Briar Rose Creamery, Goat Milk Feta & Lorelei, Oregon
Cascadia Creamery, Glacier Blue, Sawtooth & Sleeping Beauty, Washington
Consider Bardwell Farm, Rupert, Vermont
Firefly Farms Creamery, Merry Goat Round Spruce Reserve, Maryland
Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese, Cascadian Frechette, Oregon
Green Dirt Farm, Prairie Tomme, Missouri
Jacobs and Brichford Farmstead Cheese, Adair, Indiana
LaClare Farms Specialties, Evalon & Cave Aged Chandoka, Wisconsin
Landmark Creamery, Petit Nuage & Pecora Nocciola, Wisconsin
Lark’s Meadow Farms, Rendezvous, Idaho
Laura Chenel, Taupinière, California
Looking Glass Creamery, Bear Wallow, North Carolina
Montchevre, Fresh Goat Cheese, Wisconsin
Nettle Meadow Farm, Kunik, New York
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, Bay Blue, California
Sequatchie Cove Creamery, Cumberland, Tennessee
Spring Brook Farm Cheese, Tarentaise & Ashbrook, Vermont
Sweet Grass Dairy, Thomasville Tomme & Asher Blue, Georgia
The Woodsman & Wife, Jersey Girl, Georgia
Tomales Farmstead Creamery, Kenne, California
Von Trapp Farmstead, Oma, Vermont
Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers, McKinley Clothbound Cheddar, California

CHOCOLATE – 2018 Good Food Awards

Arete Fine Chocolate, Madagascar Sambirano Valley 70% Dark Chocolate, California
BOHO Chocolate, 70% Dark Chocolate Maya Mountain Spicy Chai, Massachusetts
Castronovo Chocolate, Signature Collection Tumaco Dark Milk 60%, Florida
Charm School Chocolate, Cafe Mocha, Maryland
Chokola Bean To Bar, Guatemala, Verapaz 70% & Maya Mountain, Belize 70%, New Mexico
Creo Chocolate, Brown Butter Bar, Oregon
Cultura Craft Chocolate, 60% Espresso + Sea Salt, Colorado
Dandelion Chocolate, Hacienda Azul, Costa Rica, California
Dark Forest Chocolate, Salted Malted Milk Chocolate, New York
Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, 73% Northerner Blend, California
Endorfin, Caramelized Coconut and Golden Mylk Bar, California
Fresh Coast Chocolate Co., Tanzania 70%, Michigan
Fruition Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Quinoa Crunch, Brown Butter Milk 43% & Wild Bolivia 74%, New York
Goodnow Farms Chocolate, Esmeraldas 70%, Massachusetts
Maverick Chocolate Company, Big Island, Ohio
Meadowlands Chocolate, Peru San Martin Milk Chocolate 55%, Minnesota
Patric Chocolate, 70% Signature Blend, The Salty Cow & 67% Madagascar, Missouri
Ritual Chocolate, Vanilla Bar 70%, Utah
Stone Grindz, Coffee and Coconut Milk, Arizona
Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate, Peru 70%, Georgia

CIDER – 2018 Good Food Awards

Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House, First Flora, New York
Big B’s Hard Cider, Grand Cru Ciaison & Chester Hoppearcot, Colorado
Big Fish Cider Co., Allegheny Gold, Virginia
Castle Hill, Serendipity & Levity, Virginia
Dragon’s Head Cider, Traditional Cider, Perry & Wild Fermented Cider, Washington
Eden Ice Cider Company, 2015 Honey Crisp Iced Cider, Vermont
Ethic Ciders, Golden Rule, California
Fable Farm Fermentory, Pronoia, Vermont
Far West Cider Co, You’ve Guava Be Kidding Me & Proper Dry, California
Finnriver Farm Cidery, Blue Hewe, Washington
Foggy Ridge Cider, First Fruit, Virginia
Lassen Traditional Cider, Newtown Pippin, California
Nashi Orchards, Chojuro Asian Pear Perry, Washington
Shacksbury, Shacksbury Dry, Vermont
South Hill Cider, Old Time Cider, New York
Stem Ciders, Colorado Heritage Blend, Colorado
WildCraft Cider Works, Sage, Oregon

COFFEE – 2018 Good Food Awards

Andytown Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia Idido, California
Backyard Beans Coffee Company, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Konga, Pennsylvania
Big Creek Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia Gedeb, Montana
Black Oak Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia Hambela Alaka, California
Blueprint Coffee, Ethiopia Hambela, Missouri
Caffe Ladro, Ethiopia Hambela Kirite Organic, Washington
Compelling Coffee, Ethiopia Banko Gotiti Coffee, California
Flight Coffee Co., Ethiopia Amaro Gayo, New Hampshire
Huckleberry Roasters, Ethiopia Sidama Ardi, Colorado
Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, Organic Ethiopia Tikur Anbessa, California
JBC Coffee Roasters, Gedeb Lot 83 Ethiopia Natural, Wisconsin
Metric Coffee Company, El Willay, Illinois
Mudhouse Coffee Roasters, Limu Dabesa, Ethiopia, Virginia
Noble Coffee Roasting, Ethiopian ‘Bishan Fugu’, Oregon
Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, Ethiopian Guji – Organic – Natural Process, Texas
Onyx Coffee Lab, Ethiopian Buku, Arkansas
OQ Coffee Co., Kayon Mountain Estate, Ethiopia, New Jersey
Ozo Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia Hambela Kirite, Colorado
Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, Organic Ethiopia Kossa Geshe & Organic Ethiopia Natural Amaro, California
Per’La Specialty Roasters, Ethiopia Shakiso, Florida
Radio Roasters Coffee, Ethiopia Organic Guji Shakiso, Georgia
Revel Coffee, Ethiopia Kayon Mountain Guji Dry, Montana
Royal Mile Coffee, Ethiopia Shakiso Mormora Farm, New Jersey
Square One Coffee, Ethiopia Shakiso Mormora, Pennsylvania
Tico Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia Gotiti, California
Topeca Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia Ardi, Oklahoma
Vashon Coffee Company, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural Daniel Miju, Washington

CONFECTIONS – 2018 Good Food Awards

Alma Chocolate, Matcha Mint Bar, Oregon
Baci Artisan Chocolatier, French Silk, California
Batch PDX, Earl Grey & Almond Crisp, Oregon
Chocolatay Confections, Sunflower Crunch Cup, North Carolina
Eat Chic Chocolates, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup with Maldon Sea Salt, New York
Eclat Chocolate, Green Tea and Roasted Rice Parallel Bar, Pennsylvania
Escazu Artisan Chocolates, Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Ganache & Orange Star Anise, North Carolina
Fat Toad Farm, Original Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce, Vermont
Feve Artisan Chocolatier, Peanut Butter Coconut Chili, California
Fran’s Chocolates, Dark Chocolate Sauce & Caramel Sauce, Washington
Fruition Chocolate, Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels, New York
Good King, Harmony Gourmet Snacking Cacao, Washington
Halvah Heaven, Silk Road Halvah, Massachusetts
La Vache Microcreamery, Citrus Spice Caramels, Virginia
Little Apple Treats, California Candy Cap Caramels, California
Mayana Chocolate, Coconut Dream Bar & Mayan Spice Bar, Wisconsin
Michael’s Chocolates, Lemon Burst, California
My Chocolate Soul, Almond Crunch, Illinois
Nuubia SF, Dark Chocolate Espresso Krispies, California
Patric Chocolate, Browned Butter Bar, Missouri
Red Kite Candy, Salted Maple Pecan Caramel, Vermont
Sapore Della Vita, Cardamom Rose Caramel Sauce, Florida
SWEET55, EMJ, California

ELIXIRS – 2018 Good Food Awards

Backyard, Citrus and Juniper Shrub, California
Blank Slate Kitchen, Black Pepper Rich Simple Syrup, New York
DRAM Apothecary, Pine Syrup, Colorado
El Guapo Bitters, Chicory Pecan Bitters & Classic Greek Rose Cordial, Louisiana
Element [Shrub], Chai Pear Shrub & Blueberry Rosemary Shrub, Virginia
Gardenaire, Rhubarb + Basil Shrub & Tomato + Basil Shrub, Minnesota
Girl Meets Dirt, Ruby Spiced Apple Shrub, Washington
Golden Bear Bitters, Summer Botanical Tonic Syrup, California
Happy Girl Kitchen, Pomegranate Jalapeño Shrub, California
Improper Goods, The Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters, Oregon
Modern Bar Cart, Embitterment Chocolate Bitters, District of Columbia
More Good, Cassia Kream, New York
Old Friends Farm, Ginger Syrup, Massachusetts
Pacific Pickle Works, Bloody Mary Elixir, California
Reverend Al’s Bona Fide Potents, English Cucumber, Lime & Mint Shrub, Washington
Royal Rose Syrups, Rose Syrup, Maine
SHED, Plum Shiso Shrub, California
Ship to Shore Merchants, Poached Pear Shrub, Illinois
Shrub District, Just Grapefruit, District of Columbia
Southport Grocery, Spiced Orchard Shrub, Illinois
Swallowtail Farm, Raspberry Syrup, Michigan
The Vermont Switchel Company, Haystackers Switchel, Vermont
Yumé Boshi, Ume Plum Syrup, California

FISH – 2018 Good Food Awards

Bon Appetit Management Co. (Mt. Angel Abbey & Seminary), Hardwood Hot Smoked Columbia River Chinook Salmon, Oregon
Catalina Offshore Products, Catalina’s Choice Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil, California
Dining at Microsoft, Cajun-Cured Salmon, Washington
Fishing Vessel Seafoods, Mediterranean (Solid White Albacore Tuna), Washington
Lox, Box, and Barrel, Celtic Seafare, Traditional Cold Smoked Salmon, Texas
Pure Alaska Salmon Company with Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Canned Pink Salmon, Washington
SHED, Smoked Trout & Smoked Black Cod, California
Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, Jordan’s Chef Reserve & Wild Cold Smoked Salmon, California
TwoXSea, Smoked McFarlands Spring Trout, California
Wildfish Cannery, Smoked Canned Geoduck, Alaska

HONEY – 2018 Good Food Awards

Akaka Falls Farm, Dark Kiawe Honey, Hawaii
Apoidea Apiary, Allegheny Fall Fallopia Wildflower Honey, Pennsylvania
Bloom Honey, California Avocado Honey, California
Gold Star Honeybees, Gold Star Gold, Maine
Harmon’s Heavenly Honey, Summer Honey, Massachusetts
Hippie Chick Apiary, Honey, Virginia
Jacobsen Salt Co. + Bee Local, Pioneer Square & Sauvie Island, Oregon
MD Queen Bee, Summer Bloom, Maryland
MtnHoney, Sourwood Honeycomb, Georgia
Palace Apiaries, Honey, Pennsylvania
Red Headed Honey, Wild Michigan Wildflower Honey, Michigan
Round Rock Honey, Bourbon Barrel Aged Honey, Texas
Sequim Bee Farm, Snowberry Rose, Washington
Swarm Chasers Apiary, Wildflower Honey, Georgia
Sweet Grass Dairy, Honey, Georgia
Urban Bee SF, Tree Blossom Honey- Heath Ceramics, California

OILS – 2018 Good Food Awards

Berkeley Olive Grove 1913, California Mission Blood Orange, California
Bondolio, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California
Calivirgin – Coldani Olive Ranch, Hot Virgin Jalapeno Olive Oil, California
ENZO Olive Oil Company, Organic Basil Crush, California
Frantoio Grove, Extra Virgin Frantoio Grove Oil, California
Hudson Wines, Titi’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California
Mangini Ranch, Mission Oil & Mangini Ranch Estate Blend Oil, California
McEvoy Ranch, Traditional Blend Olive Oil, California
Oliver Oil Co., Pecan Oil, Georgia
Organic Roots Olive Oil, Organic Arbequina Olive Oil, California
Swayne Family Ranch, EVOO Tuscan Blend, California

PANTRY – 2018 Good Food Awards

A&A Alta Cucina Italia, Vidalia Chutney, Georgia
Aedan, Country Miso, California
Akka’s Handcrafted Foods, Garlic Relish, California
American Spoon, Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, Michigan
Black & Bolyard, Bay Leaf Brown Butter, New York
Bunches & Bunches, Green: Fire Roasted Green Chile Sauce, Oregon
Chaparral Gardens, Ole Mole, California
Dress It Up Dressings, Sesame Tahini Dressing, Maryland
Finding Home Farms, Organic Maple Syrup, New York
Grlk, Fresh Basil Grlk, Minnesota
K-Mama Sauce, K-Mama Sauce, Minnesota
Le Bon Magot, Tomato and White Sultana Chutney, New Jersey
Mt. Capra, Grass-Fed Goat Milk Ghee, Washington
Naturally Nutty Foods, Organic Pepita Sun Seed Butter, Michigan
‘Nduja Artisans, ‘Nduja Spread, Illinois
Nena’s Provisions, Dust Foothills Chili Sauce, North Carolina
Off the Deck Hot Sauce, Habanero #HUSTLE, North Dakota
Runamok Maple, Rye Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Vermont
Sajen, Sambal Satay, California
SanoBe Superfoods, Peanut Butter, Rhode Island
Seattle Canning Company, Sonny’s Spicy Eggplant Kasundi, Washington
Solstice Canyon, The Original Almond Butter, California
Spice Mama, Sweet Heat Tomato, California
Villa Jerada, Chermoula, Washington
Wozz! Kitchen Creations, Spiced Beet Vinegar, New Hampshire

PICKLES – 2018 Good Food Awards

Boochcraft, Grapefruit + Hibiscus + Heather Kombucha, California
Brew Dr. Kombucha, Mint Lemonade, Oregon
Cecelia’s Gardens, Green Papaya Thai Kimchi, California
Fab Ferments, Pineapple Cilantro Kombucha, Ohio
Farmer’s Daughter, Nettle Kraut, North Carolina
Food and Ferments, Hearts on Fire, New York
Fox Point Pickling Company, Spice Market Beans, Rhode Island
Gordy’s Pickle Jar, Cajun Okra, District of Columbia
Grandma’s Gourmets, Grandma’s Bloody Pickles, Minnesota
HEX Ferments, Glow Kraut, Maryland
Johnson Berry Farm, MJ’s Bread and Butter Pickle & MJ’s Basil Bread and Butter Pickle, Washington
Olykraut, Cumin Jalapeño Sauerkraut, Washington
Pacific Pickle Works, Lemon Verbena Hop-Pickles & Fenn Shui, California
Provisions by the Grey Plume, Sauerkraut, Nebraska
Real Pickles, Garlic Dill Pickle, Massachusetts
Republic of Jam, Pickled Green Plums, Oregon
Roots Kitchen and Cannery, Curried Carrot Pickles, Montana
Seattle Canning Co., Vashon Island Pickles, Washington
SHED, Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms, California
Slow Brine, Seed and Salt, California
The Brinery, Dill Pickle Sauerkraut & Galaxy Rose Sauerkraut, Michigan
The Juice Hive, Shiso Leaf Kimchi & Low Country Kimchi, South Carolina

PRESERVES – 2018 Good Food Awards

Akaka Falls Farm, Tahitian Lime Ginger Jelly & Passionfruit Jalapeño, Hawaii
American Spoon, Wild Thimbleberry Jam & Chili Jam, Missouri
Amour Spreads, Olallaberry Jam, Utah
Atwater’s, Strawberry Hibiscus Jam, Maryland
Blake Hill Preserves, Wild Blueberry and Thyme, Vermont
Christina Maser Co., Jim’s Raspberry Jalapeno Pepper Jam, Pennsylvania
Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon, Honey Citrus Marmalade, North Carolina
Fiddlehead Farm, Roasted Strawberry Preserves, North Carolina
Jamnation, Apricot Up in the Moment, California
Johnson Berry Farm, Strawberry Basil Jam, Washington
Josephine’s Feast, Wild Foraged Beach Plum Preserve, New York
Larder & Cupboard, Strawberry Lemon Verbena Preserves & Apricot Lemon Thyme Preserves, Missouri
Maui Fruit Jewels, Hawaii Fruit Paste – Passion Fruit, Hawaii
Mt. Hope Farms, Aronia Haskap Fruit Spread, Columbia Star-Aronia-Lavender Fruit Spread & Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spread, Oregon
Pick and Preserve, Peach NC Apple Brandy Butter, North Carolina
Regina’s Farm Kitchen, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Jalapeño Jam, Georgia
Roots Kitchen & Cannery, Sour Plum and Sage, Montana
San Carlos Quince, Quince Paste, Oregon
SHED, Raspberry Rose Jam, California
Yumé Boshi, Ume Plum Jam, California

SPIRITS – 2018 Good Food Awards

Alchemy Distillery, Boldt Genever Style Gin, California
Balcones Distilling, Baby Blue, Texas
Black Button Distilling, Citrus Forward Gin, New York
Catoctin Creek Distillery, Roundstone Rye 80 Proof & Roundstone Rye 92 Proof, Virginia
Copper Barrel Distillery, White Lightning, North Carolina
Deerhammer Distillery, American Single Malt, Colorado
Elixir, Calisaya & Fernet dei Fratelli Loreto, Oregon
Fair Game Beverage Co., Flying Pepper Tobago Infused Vodka, North Carolina
Falcon Spirits Distillery, Amaro Aplomado, California
Richland Distilling Company, Single Estate Virgin Coastal Georgia Rum, Georgia
Spirit Works Distillery, Sloe Gin, California
StilL 630 Distillery, Expedition Rum, Missouri
Van Brunt Stillhouse, Bourbon, New York
Venus Spirits, Aquavit & Wayward Whiskey Bourbon, California
Vikre Distillery, Boreal Juniper Gin & Boreal Cedar Gin, Minnesota
Vivacity Spirits, Treos Brandy, Oregon


ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS 
The 2018 Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its eighth year, awards will be given to winners in 15 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD FOUNDATION
The 2018 Good Food Awards is organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3, formerly known as Seedling Projects, in collaboration with a broad community of food crafters, grocers, chefs, food writers, activists and passionate food-lovers. The Good Food Foundation is also the organizing force behind the Good Food Guild, Good Food Mercantile and Good Food Merchants Collaborative.