The Good Food Awards celebrates cultural authenticity, regional flavors and traditions with our pantry category! Umami-packed miso paste, pungent sambal, spicy hot sauce, colorful salsa and a plethora of savory condiments, made from responsibly sourced, GMO-free ingredients, will be considered for Awards this year.
The Good Food Awards rely on the expertise of the pantry community to create the tasting, determine judges and set standards for the category. Read on to learn who has been integral to building the category, as well as what the pantry standard are and who will be judging this year.
Comm. Director at Real Food Real Stories – San Francisco, CA
Kelly is the Communications Director at Real Food Real Stories, a storytelling organization on a mission to humanize the food system. At RFRS, she uses all forms of media to connect the dots through story for eaters, farmers, chefs, and makers. Kelly has a diverse background in marketing and brand strategy, ranging from an incubator for culinary entrepreneurship to packaged food brands. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of story, through the shared lens of food, to change our world for the better. She loves that work spills over into life, but outside of food and marketing you can find her in a book, exploring California, or on her yoga mat.
Director of Operations and Editor at GuildSomm – Oakland, CA
Stacy Ladenburger is the Director of Operations and Editor at GuildSomm, a nonprofit membership organization for wine professionals worldwide. Prior to this role, Stacy worked at grocery delivery startup Good Eggs and Oakland’s Ordinaire Wine Shop. She is also a writer whose work can be found at DelightfulCrumb.com and in past pages of Edible San Francisco and Edible Silicon Valley. Stacy has participated in the Pantry category since its inception in 2015 and is thrilled to move into the role of co-chair this year. A Michigan native who has lived in the Bay Area for six years, she is still smitten with California produce.
In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, pantry entries must meet the following standards:
- Made in the USA or US territories.
- Made with a balanced objective of local, organic and highest-quality.*
- Made with transparency in supply chain.**
- Free of high fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
- Made with rBGH-free milk, where milk is used.
- Made with domestic, non-petroleum based vinegar where vinegar is used.
- Free of genetically modified ingredients.
- Made with spices that are certified organic, Fair Trade or traceable to the farm level.*
- Made by a crafter that is an upstanding member of the good food community, oriented toward growing their business in harmony with a better food system.
*Ingredients that make up less than 2% of the product, such as spices, sugar or lemon juice, may be sourced from farther afield, or from a larger distributor.
**That is, an earnest attempt is made to verify the origin and production methods of the ingredient. If made with ingredients that are not grown domestically on a commercial scale, a farm-direct or certified organic source is sought out and documentation of this search, including notes on calling distributors, is provided.
Additionally, pantry entries must fit within one of the following subcategories:
- Pantry Sauces & Pastes (e.g., miso, sambal, curry paste, hot sauce, BBQ sauce)
- Salsas, Relishes & Chutneys (e.g., onion chutney, tomatillo salsa)
- Condiments (e.g., mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard)
- Flavor Bases (e.g., fish sauce, soy sauce)
- Maple Syrups
- Nut Butters
Director of Food Product Development, Williams-Sonoma
Executive Director, Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Relationship Manager, Pilot R&D
Officer, Imperfect Produce
Founder, Cowles Agency
Michael de la Torres
Chef, MDLT Food
Vice President of Sales, Rustic Bakery
Head of Vision, Noise13
Maren Ellingboe King
Editor & Food Stylist, Just Add Salt
Principal, Gretchen Giles Professional Communications
Sana Javeri Kadri
CEO & Founder, Diaspora Co.
Chef/Owner, Standard Fare
Founder & Director, Real Food Real Stories
Founder, Laurel Street Kitchen
Head of Restaurant Partnerships, Chewse
Co-Founder, The Perennial
Co-Founder & CEO, Ugly Juice
VP, Food Division & Test Kitchen, Williams-Sonoma
General Manager, Alameda Natural Grocery
Partner, Media Noche
Founder/Chairman of Fun, Woodstock Farmers Market
Jenny Rojas Cline
Assistant Grocery Buyer, Bi-Rite Market
Brand Manager, Mallonee & Associates
Founder, DPEM | Event Marketing
Director of Marketing, California Farmers' Markets Association
Vice President/Financial Advisor , SKA Wealth of Raymond James
Food & Lifestyle Photographer, Erin Scott Photography
Director of Operations, World Foods Portland
Health Advisor , Botanica
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Edible Marin & Wine Country
Food Business Consultant, FoodStarter