Several Missouri food-and-drink producers have been recognized nationally for their work. The finalists for the 2017 Good Food Awards have just been announced, and five Missouri companies are finalists. The awards are a huge honor; they "represent the best from America’s growing movement of talented and socially responsible food crafters."
Nominees must meet the standards of environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain before they're subjected to a day of blind tastings by the judges.
This year's Good Food Awards received a whopping 2,059 entries from nearly every state, which the judges narrowed down to 291 finalists. Local producers include St. Louis' Perennial Artisan Ales, which is nominated for its Glitter and Gold, a Belgian-style ale brewed with honey, in the Beer category. Kansas City Canning Co. is nominated in the Pickles category for its pickled ground cherries and in the Spirits category for its Beet Tarragon Shrub.
On the sweet side, Columbia, Missouri-based Patric Chocolate is nominated for three bars in the Chocolate category: Sweet and Sassy, Piura Dark Milk and 58 percent Dark Milk Chocolate. In the Confections category, Springfield, Missouri's Askinosie Chocolate is nominated for its Dark Milk Chocolate + Black Licorice CollaBARation Bar, Kakao Chocolate in St. Louis is up for its Chai Tea Truffle and Norton Pâtés du Vin, and Patric Chocolate is nominated for its Oatmeal Cookie Bar.
Iowa-based La Quercia, which was profiled in our October 2014 issue and on a recent episode of Feast TV, is nominated in the Charcuterie category for its Prosciutto Piccante. Las Californias Shrub Co., based in Lawrence, Kansas, is a finalist for its Pineapple Cilantro Habanero Shrub.
The winners will be announced Fri., Jan. 20, 2017. You can view the full list of finalists here.