Kimchi, cortado, bread and butter pickles: all vinegared and lacto-fermented savories made around the country from real ingredients that are responsibly foraged or grown without the use of synthetic inputs are eligible for the Good Food Pickles Award.
The Good Food Awards rely on the expertise of the pickles 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 pickles standard are and who will be judging this year.
Communications Director at CUESA
Brie oversees communications for the nonprofit CUESA. Previously, she has worked as a book editor and apprenticed on an organic farm. In addition to amplifying the inspiring stories of our local food community through her work at CUESA, she enjoys exploring the farmers market and dabbling in fermentation projects at her home in Oakland.
Founder and CEO at Katie K Marketing + Events
Katie is a marketing and events consultant who helps companies ranging from early-stage startups and VCs, to large established brands, look at business, marketing, and events through the lens of community. Katie’s fiercely passionate about all things food, from cooking and baking to exploring farmers’ markets and trying new restaurants. She previously did a short study of pastry in France and is an assistant at The Civic Kitchen Cooking School in San Francisco. Katie has been a copious consumer of all types of pickles since she was a small child (there’s photo evidence) and dabbles in the art of making them as well.
Chef & Potter
April is a chef, potter, and former arts programmer. She has worked in Bay Area restaurants since 2013, including Zuni Cafe and Mourad. She has a passion for sustainable food practices that are delicious, nutritious, and accessible. Currently, she can be found designing growing systems based in Permaculture for her small plot of land in West Oakland.
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In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, pickles entries must meeting the following standards:
- Made in the USA or US territories.
- Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
- Free of genetically modified ingredients.
- Made with domestic, non-petroleum based vinegar, where vinegar is used.
- Made with ingredients that are foraged or grown:
- With respect for seasonality.*
- Without the use of synthetic inputs, including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.
- Made by a crafter that is an upstanding member of the good food community, committed to equity and inclusion in all levels of their business,** as exemplified through integrating these practices:
- Offering a diversity, equity, and inclusion training to staff members and/or leadership annually.
- Thoughtfully acknowledging the heritage of culturally-specific food on websites, packaging and/or marketing materials.
- For the small percentage of Good Food community that operates on a significantly larger scale, meeting additional criteria related to board diversity, maternity leave and employment practices.**
*Ingredients that make up less than 2% of the product, such as spices, may be sourced from farther afield.
**Check if you are in the 2% of companies meeting the Good Food Foundation definition of large scale, and review the addition criteria on the Rules & Regulations page.
Robert van Horne
Principal, Companion Wine Co.
Restaurant Critic, San Francisco Chroncile
Director of Operations, CUESA
Founder, Owner and Farmer, Pollinate Farm + Garden
Marketing and Social Media Manager, Earl's Organics
Chemist, Micro-Tracers, Inc.
CEO and Co-Founder, Agni