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A Big Congrats to Our Good Food Awards Winners!

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For the record, we think every one of our makers is a winner—which is why we were so excited to see 20 of them nominated for a Good Food Award this year. Our very own genius Kristen Miglore was one of many judges, who tasted (and tasted, and tasted) the nominated foods, voting on their favorites in many blind tests. When the 2016 Good Food Award-winners were announced on Friday, 13 of our very own took home medals.

Cue the applause! Here's what we (and the Good Food Award judges) love about the winners:

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2016 Good Food Awards Winners

Charcuterie

Smoked Uncured Pancetta
Smoked Uncured Pancetta

Fra'Mani's Salame Nostrano medaled in the Charcuterie category—but we also love their Smoked Uncured Pancetta on anything from salads to roasted vegetables.

Olympia Provisions Salami of the Month Club $150
Olympia Provisions Salami of the Month Club

Olympia Provisions was recognized for their Flaco Paco and Salami Etna. We're big, big fans of their Salami of the Month Club (like a calendar, but better, no?).

Chocolate

Salt & Wafer and Everything Chocolate Bars (2-Pack)
Salt & Wafer and Everything Chocolate Bars (2-Pack)

Nathan Miller Chocolate is seriously good (and has beautiful wrappings, to boot). Their GFA win is for their Ghana 70% bar, but we love their super-creative Salt & Wafer and Everything bars.

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Confections

Apple Cider Caramels with Toasted Almonds $20
Apple Cider Caramels with Toasted Almonds

Little Apple Granola makes a lot more than granola—and their apple cider caramels would win anyone over.

Caramel Sauce (2 Jars) $32
Caramel Sauce (2 Jars)

Sapore della Vita makes a mean, spoonable (that is, best-eaten-right-off-the-spoon) caramel sauce.

Sesame Tahini Chocolate Gift Box (9 Pieces) $19
Sesame Tahini Chocolate Gift Box (9 Pieces)

We love chocolate with stuff in it—which is why we love Zoe's Chocolate Co. The GFA loved their Yogurt Pralines most, while we dig their Sesame Tahini chocolates.

Honey

Orange Blossom Honey (2-Pack) $20
Orange Blossom Honey (2-Pack)

Mikolich Family Honey's deeply fragrant Orange Blossom Honey is excellent on ricotta toast and spooned into tee—and the GFA judges awarded their Coastal Wildflower Honey.

Best of Westwind Orchard Collection $110
Best of Westwind Orchard Collection

Westwind Orchard's raw, runny honey impressed the judges at the GFA. We're huge fans of their packaging and other products, including vinegar, maple syrup, and chocolate.

Oils

Special Reserve Walnut & Pistachio Oil
Special Reserve Walnut & Pistachio Oil

The robust flavors of these roasted nut oils from La Tourangelle won them recognition, and if you whisk any into a salad dressing you'll be hooked, too.

Preserves

Damson Plum, Heirloom Apple & Pear Preserves (3 Jars) $28
Damson Plum, Heirloom Apple & Pear Preserves (3 Jars)

Michigan-based American Spoon medaled in the Preserves category (for their Wild Thimbleberry Jam) and the Pickles category (for a total of four winning products!)—but it might be their jams we love most.

Black Radish T-Shirt
Black Radish T-Shirt

Black Radish Creamery, based in Ohio, says that "local tastes better." This belief helped their King B. preserves medal this year—and we're believers in their fun apparel, too.

Pickles

Eggplant Relish (2-Pack) $20
Eggplant Relish (2-Pack)

The judges loved the Eggplant Relish from Akka's Handcrafted Foods as much as we do (especially spooned onto crostini or over rice bowls).

Kimchi (2-Pack)
Kimchi (2-Pack)

The extra-spicy, gingery, citrusy kimchi from Hosta Hill won our hearts—and the GFA judges'.

And three more cheers for the other nominees!

Fat Toad Farm, who makes a goat's milk caramel you'll want to eat with a spoon.
Fruition Chocolate, a bean-to-bar chocolatier based in the Catskill Mountains.
Regalis, a forager of wild edibles like truffles, roe, and squid ink.
HealthGlen's Farm & Kitchen, who pairs liqueurs and wines with fresh fruit in jams.
Johnson Berry Farm, a makers of jams from the berries they grow on their Washington farm. Mama O's Premium Kimchi, who makes a funky-good kimchi and kimchi paste. Mixed Made, beloved for infusing maple syrup with chili peppers in Brooklyn.
One Culture Foods, who makes bold marinating and finishing sauces.

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