As the New Year approaches, with its cavalcade of “best of” and “top ten” lists, we invite our readers to vote in a very Edible way–for your favorite farmers, brewers, bartenders and food systems innovators as part of Edible Communities Sixth Annual Local Hero Awards. Voting is already underway and ends next Friday, December 16, so vote now and share the link with your friends (on Facebook and otherwise). Click here to vote for the East End contenders, and go to this link to vote in any other Edible community. The categories include: Chef/Restaurant, Food Shop, Farm/Farmer, Food/Beverage Artisan, and Non-profit Organization. (For inspiration, we’ve included a list of last year’s winners below.)
This year’s winners will be announced in March 2012 at the Edible Communities annual publisher’s dinner in Santa Barbara, CA and also in each of our local communities in the spring 2012 issues.
LOCAL HERO AWARD WINNERS, 2011 (Read all about them here.)
Farm/Farmer: Satur Farms, Paulette Satur and Eberhard Müller
Chef/Restaurant: Brady Duhame, Old Mill Inn
Food Artisan: (Tie): The Village Cheese Shop and Taste of the North Fork
Beverage Artisan Tie): Bernadette Buckley and Courtney Brady, Old Mill Inn
Non-Profit Organization: North Fork Animal Welfare League