Edible Communities Local Hero awards announced for 2012

localheroesLast fall, we asked readers to vote for the farm, restaurant, food shop, food artisan and nonprofit who they felt are making a major contribution to our local food community. Here we proudly present the winners—and their reactions to the news.

Farm / Farmer: Springdale Farm, Paula and Glenn Foore. “What a HUGE surprise! We are thrilled beyond words and humbled to be in such great company as other current and past award winners. The support we have received from the Austin local food community continues to boggle our minds. Thank you, Austin. We love you!”—Paula and Glenn Foore

Chef / Restaurant: Chef Sonya Coté, East Side Showroom. “What an honor it is to receive this award from our community! It's been my mission to regularly buy as much food from our town as possible. This is an award that I am very proud of.”—Sonya Coté

Food Shop: Antonelli’s. "This is truly an honor; we are both humbled and delighted that Austinites love our shop and that they support the artisanal cheesemakers and other craftsmen whose goods we feature. We’re able to do what we do because folks care about quality products and good, real food. Thanks to our team of passionate cheesemongers, our loyal customers, our wholesale partners, and most importantly, to the artisanal producers who work hard to create delicious food that we love and are proud to carry (and eat!).”—Kendall and John Antonelli

Food Artisan: Dai Due. “There is probably no higher honor than recognition from within the community. People understand what we do and choose to support us, which compels us to keep at it and reaffirms that what we are trying to achieve is the right path.”—Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield

Nonprofit: Sustainable Food Center. “We are thrilled and grateful to be the recipient of the Local Hero Award. I truly appreciate the awareness thatEdible Austin brings to this region’s food and farming community. They have been a terrific partner in our joint efforts to strengthen the local food system.”—Ronda Rutledge