Each year, our region is lucky to have a healthy number of nominations in the annual Good Food Awards. This year is no different; despite a massive shakeup of the food world with the COVID-19 pandemic, many still made the cut for creating some of the best pantry products in the country.
In sweets, Springfield's Askinosie Chocolate was nominated for its 62 percent Dark Chocolate + Fleur De Sel Sea Salt bar in the chocolate category, and Maplewood's Kakao was nominated in the confections category for its honey-hazelnut truffle. St. Louis' Kitchen Kulture, now known under the name Field to Fire, was also nominated in the honey category for its Kulture Apiary and Custom Foodscaping honey.
In Kansas, PT's Coffee Roasting Co. was nominated for its Ethiopia Tigesit Waqa Natural and Colombia Café Granja La Esperanza Sudan Rume Natural.
In the pantry category, Missouri makes multiple appearances with both the bold and spicy cashew cheese sauce from St. Louis-based Core and Rind and the mole paste from Clayton's Clean Plate Pantry nabbing nominations. And when it comes to pickles, you'll find KC Canning Co. on the list for its pickled green tomato and habanero pickles, as well as Fair Share Farm in Kearney, Missouri, which is nominated for its jalapeño en escabeche.
The 338 nominees were chosen nationwide from nearly 2,000 entrants in 16 different categories. The winners will be announced Jan. 22 during a virtual awards ceremony.
Good Food Awards, goodfoodfdn.org