When I interviewed Bay Area transplant Michelle Fuerst – an alumna of Chez Panisse and Zuni Cafe – for my 11/11/11 column in The Princeton Packet, she mentioned her involvement with the Good Food Awards, which recognize the American artisanal products in eight categories. Like the Slow Food Awards, these are based on the principle of good, clean, and fair, but are limited to Americana. Judges (besides Fuerst) include such luminaries as Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, and Bruce Aidells.
Well, the 2012 nominees were announced earlier this week, and among the finalists in the cheese category is Lawrenceville’s own Cherry Grove Farm. Specifically, farmer/cheesemaker Kelly Harding’s toma. Congrats to everyone there!
Cherry Grove is in some pretty heady company, including Cypress Grove and Old Chatham Sheepherding. Other award categories are: beer, charceuterie, chocolate, coffee, pickles, preserves, and spirits.
The winners will be announced on January 14 at a ceremony hosted by Alice Waters (who else?) in San Francisco (where else?). Best of luck to Kelly and his crew on this well deserved honor; they’ve already done our state proud.