N.C. companies win food awards

andrea.weigl@newsobserver.comJanuary 18, 2012 

Four North Carolina companies were honored over the weekend with Good Food Awards, which honor "tasty, authentic and responsibly produced" foods.

The North Carolina winners and their prize products are:

Miss Jenny's Pickles in Kernersville, Habanero Bread and Butter Pickles.

Escazu Artisan Chocolate in Raleigh, Guapiles Costa Rica bar, which is made with 60 percent goat's milk.

Counter Culture Coffee of Durham, Buna Ababa-Haru.

Farmer's Daughter Brand of Carrboro, Strawberry Honeysuckle Jam.

"We are thrilled to have won a good food award in the coffee category," said Counter Culture Coffee company spokesman Mark Overbay. "It's heartening to see a food award develop that honors not only authenticity but also great flavor and sustainability in food."

This is the second consecutive year Counter Culture and Farmer's Daughter Brand have won Good Food Awards.

It was the first win for Escazu Chocolates. "We are really happy to be recognized nationally," said owner Hallot Parson.

Counter Culture Coffee is sold at coffee shops across the Triangle. Escazu Chocolate has a shop on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh. Farmer's Daughter Brand sells at the Carrboro Farmer's Market. Miss Jenny's Pickles are available at specialty food and gift shops in the Triangle.

The contest, in its second year, makes awards in eight categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles, preserves and spirits. The awards were created through a collaboration of food producers, farmers, food journalists and independent grocers organized by the Seedling Projects, a nonprofit that supports the sustainable food movement.

To see all the winners, go to www.goodfoodawards.org.

Weigl: 919-829-4848

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