16 Sonoma County businesses among Good Food Awards finalists

The Good Food Foundation has announced the 279 finalists for the 2018 Good Food Awards, which will be held on Jan. 29 at the historic San Francisco War Memorial followed by two days of celebrations and the Good Food Awards Marketplace.

Here are the North Bay businesses that made the list of finalists:

Charcuterie - Thistle Meats of Petaluma for Milano Salami.

Cheese - Bellwether Farms of Petaluma for Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, Laura Chenel of Sonoma for Taupiniere, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company of Point Reyes Station for Bay Blue; Tomales Farmstead Creamery of Tomales for Kenne.

Cider - Ethic Ciders of Sebastopol for Golden Rule

Confections - Baci Artisan Chocolatier of Windsor for French Silk; Little Apple Treats of Sebastopol for California Candy Cap Caramels.

Elixirs - Backyard in Forestville for Citrus and Juniper Shrub; Healdsburg Shed for Plum Shiso Shrub.

Fish - Healdsburg Shed for Smoked Trout & Smoked Black Cod.

Oils - Hudson Wines of Napa for Titi's Extra Virgin Olive Oil; McEvoy Ranch of Petaluma for Traditional Blend Olive Oil.

Pickles - Healdsburg Shed for Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms

Preserves - Raspberry Rose Jam from Healdsburg Shed

Spirits - Spirit Works Distillery Sloe Gin

Staff writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or On Twitter @dianepete56.

Diane Peterson

Features, The Press Democrat

I’m interested in the home kitchen, from sheet-pan suppers to the latest food trends. Food encompasses the world, its many cultures, languages and history. It is both essential and sensual. I also have my fingers on the pulse of classical music in Sonoma County, from student mariachi bands to jazz crossover and symphonic sounds. It’s all a rich gumbo, redolent of the many cultures that make up our country and the world.

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