You’ve all likely been wondering whatever happened with Slow Food Nation and what those folks are up to, given that we’re not seeing a repeat of 2008’s big, Fort Mason extravaganza. As it happens, they’re planning a big shindig for early 2011 called the Good Food Awards, which will honor and celebrate the best of the nation’s artisanal pickles, cheese, charcuterie, etc. There’s going to be a ceremony on January 14th, hosted by Alice Waters (naturally), and the judges for the awards will be chef Paul Bertolli, chocolate makers Michael Recchiuti and John Scharffenberger, cookbook writer Alice Medrich, and deposed food queen Ruth Reichl.
They’ll be accepting entries for the awards, for a mere $10 processing fee, through September 15 in the categories of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles and preserves.
The public will get to taste all the winning products at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market on January 15, and Good Food Month will extend into February, with various events and tastings happening all over town, working off the model of SF Beer Week. Beer will again have its own week, and the other six categories will be paired up in the other three weeks.