These Gift Ideas From Oregon’s Good Food Awards Finalists Are What Foodie Dreams Are Made Of

Thirty artisanal producers rose to the top in blind tastings at the Good Food Foundation.
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It’s like a ritual now. Every winter we publish the list of Oregon finalists for the Good Food Awards in San Francisco inspiring our readers to be smitten with something on the list. Careening from yearly repeat winners in the coffee roasting and smoky blue cheese categories to spirited liqueurs and nutty concoctions for snacking and spoon licking, this year the list is flush with small artisanal producers across Oregon. In a year fraught with illness and closures, though, the need to support small local businesses is more urgent than ever. They are our neighbors, friends, and colleagues.

Artisans and their products are subjected to blind tasting and vetted according to strict category criteria for authenticity, sustainability and social responsibility. These Oregon newsworthy items rose to the top. Perhaps there’s a few that appeal to your holiday giving?

Oh, and be sure not to miss the heartfelt video message below from Thomas Christopher O’Leary, owner of Portland’s popular Irish pub, T.C. O’Leary’s.  His words are felt by many across the food and beverage industry.

Happy Gifting!

Charcuterie

Olympia Provisions, Summer Sausage

Mt. Tabor Brewing, House Made Bacon

Cheese

Rogue Creamery, Tolman Blue Cheese and Smokey Blue Cheese

Chocolate

Creo Chocolate, The Washu Project, Caramelized White Chocolate and Coffee & Cream White Chocolate

Seahorse Chocolate, Honduras, Wampusirpi 70% and Trinidad, Gewan Gangaram 70%

Cider

Art+Science, Little Apples

Slake Cider, Scrumptown

Coffee

Bend Roasting Company, Layered Fermentation from Abore Washing Station Shatawene Village Sidamo

Noble Coffee Roasting, Ethiopia ‘Benti Nenqa’ and Kenya ‘Muiri Estate’ {Peaberry}

Confections

Batch PDX, Hazelnut Praline

Honey Mama’s, Tahini Tangerine Cocoa Truffle Bar, Oregon Mint Cocoa Truffle Bar and Original Dutch Cocoa Truffle Bar

Bloom Caramel, Sea Salt Coconut Milk Caramel Sauce and Stout Beer Flavored Coconut Milk Caramel Sauce

Only Child Chocolate Co., Best Fronds Forever

Elixirs

Camellia Grove Kombucha Co., Rooibos Kombucha

Rhizome, Honey Lime Tonic

Fish

Oregon’s Choice Gourmet, Smoked Albacore Tuna

Grains

Umi Organic, Organic Ramen Noodles and Organic Noodles with Miso Sesame Sauce

Honey

A Boring Life, Hot Honey with Walnuts and Chilis, Lavender Honey with Almonds and Boring Bees Raw Honey with Fruits and Nuts

Valhalla Organics, Certified Naturally Grown Honey

Pantry

Ground Up PDX, Chunky Almond, Cashew + Coconut Butter and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Almond, Cashew + Coconut Butter

Sao Noi, Ginger Chili Oil

La Porteña PDX, Spicy Red Chimichurri

Khalsa Salsa, Mango Habanero Indian Fusion Salsa

Pantry

Angel Farms, Bread-N-Butta Zucchini Pickles and Pickled Beets

Preserves

Mt. Hope Farms, Blackberry Aronia Lavender Fruit Spread and Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spread

Snacks

Gluten Free Kingdom, The Cracker King – Cheddar N’ Pepper Gluten Free Crackers

Hummingbird Wholesale, Organic Awakened Pecans

Spirits

Elixir, Ver Liqueur

Stone Barn Brandyworks, Haskap Liqueur, Dark Roast Straight Rye Whiskey and Nocino

Wheyward Spirit, Wheyward Spirit

 

Featured Image: Marc Fiorito for Good Food Foundation

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