5 Madison-area businesses among finalists for Good Food Awards

There are eight Wisconsin-made products that are up for the national awards
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Five Madison-area businesses earned six spots in the list of finalists for the 2022 Good Food Awards, announced Monday. Products from NessAlla Kombucha, Underground Meats, Uplands Cheese, Quince and Apple and JBC Coffee Roasters are among the 351 products representing 42 states that made it to the finals out of nearly 2,000 entries to the contest this year. 

The Good Food Foundation highlights companies that have responsible practices and superior taste. The award signifies social and environmental responsibility along with craftsmanship and flavor, according to its website. 

“[We] exist to celebrate, connect, empower and leverage the passionate and engaged, yet often overlooked, players in the food system who are driving towards tasty, authentic and responsible food in order to humanize and reform our American food culture,” its website says.

1. Two NessAlla Kombucha varieties — Butterfly Effect and Lemongrass Ginger — are up for awards in the drink category.

2. Underground Meats’ Black Garlic Salami is a finalist for charcuterie.


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3. Dodgeville’s Uplands Cheese landed on the list for its signature Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese.


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4. In the pickle category, Quince and Apple was named for the Hot Giardiniera from its Forward Provisions line.


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5. JBC Coffee Roasters became a finalist for the third straight year in the coffee category, this year for its Las Margaritas Sudan Rume. Sudan Rume is a rare, wild coffee variety originating from what is now South Sudan’s Boma Plateau just across the border of Ethiopia. “In the last decade, specialty growers have started producing small lots of Sudan Rume, and the variety has gained global notoriety,” JBC says in a release. “Now managing five farms in Colombia that have passed down through three generations, the Herrera family story is one of experimentation and dedication to quality and sustainability.”

Other finalists from Wisconsin include Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery Wisconsinite Weiss beer and the Sunny Ridge cheese from Port Washington’s Blakesville Creamery.

Good Food Award winners will be announced live on Jan. 15 at the Good Food Mercantile in San Francisco.

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