Local Food Heroes

Last Updated January 13, 2017
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2016 Local Food Hero Winners

Edible Northeast Florida is pleased to announce the winners of our inaugural Local Food Hero awards. Nominees were recognized by our readers for their contribution to a robust local food system & vibrant local food scene; transparency and authenticity in sourcing; high quality ingredients and services; and an awareness of, and concern for, environmental and social sustainability. More than 170 businesses, organizations and individuals were nominated across eight categories and hundreds of votes were tabulated, a testament to our ever-growing local food community.

2016 Local Food Hero: Congaree & Penn

Congaree and Penn Farm sign
Owners Scott and Lindsay Meyer started Congaree & Penn as a rice farm and they continue to add crops such as mayhaws, grapes and strawberries.

2016 Local Food Hero: Chef Tom Gray

Chef Tom Gray
Chef Tom Gray is supporting small businesses and the families that own them by purchasing directly from local farmers, growers and food artisans.

2016 Local Food Hero: Olive My Pickle

Shai and Charlotte Tzabari
Olive My Pickle uses an old-world lacto-fermentation process and locally grown cucumbers to make their artisan pickles, available at various farmers markets in the region.

2016 Local Food Hero: The Floridian

Jeff and Genie McNally at The Floridian
Winner of the Full-Service Restaurant category, The Floridian is known for its support of local farmers and menus that change with the seasons.

2016 Local Food Hero: Southern Roots

JP, Mariah and Mateo Salvat at Southern Roots
The daily menu changes at Southern Roots inspired by what farms like Down to Earth, Berry Good Farms and Traders Hill bring to the restaurant.

2016 Local Food hero: Crave Food Truck

ANDRÉS GUARDIOLA & RENÉE SPADARO
Crave Food Truck in St. Augustine offers fresh, seasonal and healthy food options for lunch.

2016 Local Food Hero: Manifest Distilling

Manifest Distilling
Manifest Distilling brings a creative craft spirits company to The Doro District in downtown Jacksonville.

2016 Local Food Hero: Slow Food First Coast

slow food first coast
The local chapter of Slow Food First Coast works in support of the national organization's mission to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system, reconnecting Americans with the people,...

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