Since 2009, Edible Portland has recognized local food heroes for fostering Portland’s sustainable food culture. This year, Edible Portland will continue the tradition by honoring six outstanding members of the Pacific Northwest food and farming community with Local Hero Awards. We invite you to nominate those who exemplify high standards in their social and environmental practices, food sourcing, regional economic impact, and commitment to promoting a sustainable food system in the following categories: Farm, Restaurant, Food Artisan, Beverage Artisan, Nonprofit, and Retailer.
How to Nominate a Local Hero
Please submit your nomination by January 31, 2013 with the following information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your full name, phone, e-mail and affiliation
- Who you are nominating
- Category of the nominee (Farm, Restaurant, Food Artisan, Beverage Artisan, Nonprofit, or Retailer)
- Why they deserve to be recognized as a Local Hero (150-300 words). Please give specific examples.
- If possible, please include anyone else who can attest to their candidacy for the award.
Voting and Award Announcements
In February, we will announce the top four nominees in each category and invite our broad community to vote for their 2013 Local Heroes. Winners will be announced at our annual Local Hero Award Ceremony, on March 21, 2013 at Ecotrust.
2012 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: Sauvie Island Organics
Restaurant: ¿Por Qué No?
Food Artisan: Springfield Creamery
Beverage Artisan: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Nonprofit: Adelante Mujeres
Retailer: People’s Food Co-op
2011 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: Your Backyard Farmer
Restaurant: Bamboo Sushi
Food Artisan: Dave’s Killer Bread
Beverage Artisan: Vincent Family Cranberries
Nonprofit: Oregon Food Bank
2010 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: 47th Avenue Farm
Food Artisan: Bob’s Red Mill
Beverage Artisan: HOTLIPS Soda
Nonprofit: Growing Gardens
2009 Edible Portland Local Hero Awards
Farm: Viridian Farms
Food Artisan: Freddy Guys Hazelnuts
Beverage Artisan: Portland Roasting