Speaking on behalf of the Good Food Awards Chocolate Winners, Alan McClure noted, “When I started Patric Chocolate in 2006, there were essentially no craft chocolate makers in the US. What I mean to say is that we had no small, independently held [bean-to-bar] chocolate-making companies driven by the passion of a skilled craftsperson…As the movement continues to grow, I have heard that there may be 50 or more of us in the US as of 2013.”
Verve Coffee Roasters’ Colby Barr commented, “I think you can have high ethics and deliver impact while remaining profitable. In fact, I think it's our obligation to do so. We need to pay our farmers and ranchers well for our raw products, pay well to our staff…It doesn't really help anybody if we aren't around to keep telling the story of Good Food.”
The following day, a bustling Good Food Awards Marketplace and Beer & Spirits Garden brought this concept to life. At times the line was thirty people long to taste and buy the winning cheese and charcuterie, and many of the Winners sold out by the end of the day. Alice Waters, the keynote speaker at the Awards Ceremony, returned as a shopper on Saturday and left with a shopping bag filled to the brim with winning preserves, charcuterie, chocolate and confections.
Good Food Awards Director Sarah Weiner commented, “More than in past years, I am blown away by how delicious everything is. There is no doubt that this is the most impressive group of Good Food Award Winners to date, and it is a true reflection of what is happening around the country.”
Prior to the Good Food Awards Ceremony Friday night, the Good Food Merchants Guild hosted a week of gatherings, bringing together diverse stakeholders to share experiences, build networks and discuss the roles of Good Food businesses within the bigger picture of the food movement and the American economy.
The complete list of 2013 Good Food Awards Winners can be found here: