Over the last few weeks we have been the recipients of some incredible acknowledgement that has just made our hearts sing, lift our spirits higher and have the desire to pour even more love into what we do.
We recently received an email from the Good Food Awards letting us know that two of our jam submissions had qualified as finalists in the 2016 awards!
What are the Good Food Awards?
It’s probably easiest conveyed in their words: “For a long time, certifications for responsible food production and awards for superior taste have remained distinct—one honors social and environmental responsibility, while the other celebrates flavor. The Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food—the kind that brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities—contains all of these ingredients. We take a comprehensive view, honoring people who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions.”
The Good Food Awards began six years ago. Awards are given to producers and their food communities from each of the five regions in the U.S. in 13 categories: beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, pickles, preserves, spirits, oil and pantry.
There were 1,937 entries submitted this year from across the country! 263 have become the finalists of 2016, “representing the best from America’s growing movement of talented and socially responsible food crafters.”
There are two companies from Utah whose submissions have made it as finalists. Amour Spreads’ Black Currant/Blackberry and Tayberry jams were included for the preserves category and Ritual Chocolate’s Mid Mountain Blend & Belize 75% bars were chosen for the chocolate category.
Whether we win or not, we are grateful to have made it this far and to be in such incredible company with some of the nation's most sensational artisan producers!
Additionally, on October 18th, Slow Food Utah held the 11th Annual "Feast of Five Senses" dinner here in Salt Lake City where the theme was "The Family Table”. Everything about the evening felt like family: it was filled with many of our favorite people, big hugs and smiles, truly scrumptious courses that echoed the warmth, comfort and tradition of family meals and recipes, as well as fabulous conversations celebrating the vibrancy of this remarkable community.
This event is the annual fund raiser for Slow Food Utah, where proceeds from the Feast of Five Senses go toward their micro-grant program (we’re honored to have been a recipient when we first started out), supporting small farmers, school and community gardens, and food artisans, helping to build a strong and vibrant local food community that sustains and enriches us all.
Additionally, it is also when Slow Food Utah presents their Snail Awards. “The Slow Food Utah Snail Awards were launched in 2012 as a way of recognizing those people who are ardent supporters and believers in the Slow Food mission.”
There are three awards given, one to a farmer/producer, a restaurant or chef, and finally to a community leader or local business. The first award was presented to a dear friend, Adam Kreisel for his significant contribution as a chef, the second award was given to Pete Rasmussen of Sandhill Farms for his extraordinary work as a farmer, and finally the third award went to Amour Spreads!
Needless to say, all three of us were surprised to receive this wonderful acknowledgment from Slow Food Utah and to be seen in this community for what we do in this very special way.