St. Louis Makers Praised for Coffee, Beer, Salami, Preserves & Rum
St. Louis, MO/November 14, 2017 (STL.News) – St. Louis is a foodie city. Surrounded by fertile farmland and filled with inventive chefs, and forward-thinking food makers, the Gateway City has a long and diverse culinary history. So, it’s not too surprising that several local food producers were among the finalists announced this month for the 2018 Good Food Awards. The awards celebrate American food makers who create edibles (and potables) that are tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. Honorees include culinary artisans as well as the farmers who supply them.
Now in its eighth year, the 2018 Good Food Awards will honor food producers who excel in 15 categories across five regions in the U.S. The categories recognized are beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, preserved fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits, and new this year, elixirs. A total of 279 finalists were chosen from 2,057 entrants.
Five local food producers have been named as finalists for the Good Food Award. These artisan makers are already well known, and well-loved in St. Louis, so we congratulate them for garnering some national attention. The 2018 Good Food Award finalists from the St. Louis area in their respective categories are:
Beer: Perennial Artisan Ales at 8125 Michigan Ave. in St. Louis’ Carondelet neighborhood has two beers that put them in the running. Their Savant Beersel is a 100% Brettanomyces-fermented Belgian-style pale ale aged in oak barrels with Norton Grapes (from Charleville Vineyards in Ste. Genevieve). Also contributing to their finalist status is their Glitter & Gold beer, a Midwest bière de miel brewed with Missouri wildflower honey, spelt, and flaked oats.
Charcuterie: Salume Beddu at 7118 Oakland Ave. in Richmond Heights received national acclaim just a year after opening when Forbes Magazine declared theirs “the best salami in the country.” Their 2018 Good Food Awards contender is their finocchiona, a Tuscan-style salami characterized by the use of fennel.
Coffee: Blueprint Coffee at 6225 Delmar Blvd, at the St. Louis end of The Loop earned a spot among the finalists with their Ethiopia Hambela. This slightly acidic coffee is favored for its lush, fruity notes. This coffee, like everything with the Blueprint label, is sustainably sourced. It’s one of 27 coffees in the running for top honors.
Preserves: Larder & Cupboard at 7310 Manchester Road in Maplewood made the final cut with two preserves. The specialty food shop is stocked with craft foods produced by small, artisan makers. Their Strawberry Lemon Verbena Preserves and Apricot Lemon Thyme Preserves have put them into the 2018 Good Food Awards finals.
Spirits: StilL 630 Distillery at 1000 South 4th Street in downtown St. Louis makes small batch whiskey, gin, rum, and other barrel aged spirits. Their Expedition Rum has already won several awards, including the 2016 World Run Award for best Dark Rum from the USA, 2017 American Distilling Institute Silver Medal, and 2017 American Craft Spirits Award Bronze Medal, and now, it’s taken them to the Good Food Award finals.
Other Missouri finalists include Patric Chocolate in Columbia, Missouri in the Chocolate category for their 70% Signature Blend, The Salty Cow and 67% Madagascar chocolates; and Green Dirt Farm Creamery in Weston, Missouri (north of Kansas City) in the cheese category for their Prairie Tomme.
Previous winners from St. Louis include Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. which won in 2015 for their Ethiopia Dama; and Kakao Chocolate (Maplewood and Clayton) which won in 2014 for their Lavender Truffle, and again in 2015 for their Turkish Coffee Truffle.
Winners earn the right to use the Good Food Awards seal, denoting their products as exceptionally delicious and as promoting sustainability and social good. The winners will be announced January 19, 2018 at the Good Food Awards Ceremony in San Francisco.