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COURTESY PHOTO - Olympia Provisions is one of the restaurants in the running to be a winner at the Good Food Awards.More than two dozen of Portland’s and Oregon’s top food artisans are in the spotlight this month as finalists for the national Good Food Awards.

Winners of the annual event — in more than a dozen tasty categories including beer, charcuterie, cheese and coffee — will be announced Jan. 20 at a ceremony in San Francisco.

Now in its seventh year, the awards are given to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients.

They’re being honored in their respective categories for pushing their industries toward craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing the agricultural landscape and building strong communities.

Among the total 2,059 entrants, 291 companies from 38 states were recently announced as finalists after blind taste tests and a rigorous vetting of standards around environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, sourcing transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain.

At least a handful are repeat finalists from last year and years past.

Twenty-five of the honored artisans represent Oregon, in all but two of the 14 categories.

More than half are from Portland, including: Olympia Provisions, Choi’s Kimchi Co., Deschutes Brewery, Full Sail Brewing Company, Mt. Tabor Brewing, Tails and Trotters, Creo Chocolate, Alma Chocolate, Batch PDX, Bon Appetit Management Company, Bunches & Bunches, Hot Winter Hot Sauce, Martin Ryan Distilling Co. and RAFT.

Oregon is conspicuously missing from the cider and oil categories — oil because of the absence of industry here, but the cider omission is somewhat of a surprise, considering the proliferation of craft cider companies that have sprung up here in the past decade.

Winners will get full bragging rights, and be able to add the Good Food Awards seal to their products — demonstrating that they’re exceptionally delicious as well as companies that support sustainability and social good.

For more, visit www.goodfoodawards.org.

COURTESY PHOTO - Alma ChocolateHere’s the lineup of finalists representing Portland and Oregon, and their nominated products in each category:

Beer (four out of 20 finalists)

Deschutes Brewery, Black Butte Porter

Full Sail Brewing Company, Hop Pursuit IPA

Mt. Tabor Brewing, Lamp Post Lager

Rogue Ales & Spirits, Pumpkin Patch Ale & Fresh Roast

Charcuterie (two of 23 finalists)

Olympia Provisions, Landrauchschinkin & Salami Capri

Tails and Trotters, Prosciutto Pacifico

Cheese (three of 26 finalists)

Briar Rose Creamery, Classic Chevre

Face Rock Creamery, Extra Aged Cheddar

Oregon Rogue Creamery, Organic Tolman Blue

Chocolate (one of 15 finalists)

Creo Chocolate, Minty Dark 73%

Coffee (two of 25 finalists)

Case Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia, Hunkute

Noble Coffee Roasting, Ethiopian Adisu Kidane & Ethiopian Shilcho

Confections (two of 27 finalists)

Alma Chocolate, Chocolate Pistachio Toffee

Batch PDX, Candy Cap Mushroom Truffle & Ghost Pepper Truffle

Fish (one of 15 finalists)

Bon Appetit Management Company, Hardwood Smoked Salmon

Honey (one of 25 finalists)

Old Blue Raw Honey, Harlan: Bigleaf Maple & Harlan: Wild Blackberry

Pantry (three of 28 finalists)

Bunches & Bunches, Smoked: Oaxacan Mole Sauce

Hot Winter Hot Sauce, Original Hot Sauce

Jem Nut Butters, Cinnamon Red Maca

Pickles (one of 21 finalists)

Choi’s Kimchi Co., Radish Kimchi

Preserves (one of 23 finalists)

Mt. Hope Farms, Raspberry-Marionberry Fruit Spread & Columbia Star-Aronia Fruit Spread

Spirits (four of 22 finalists)

Martin Ryan Distilling, Aria Portland Dry Gin

RAFT, Citrus Rosemary Syrup & Essentials Vanilla Syrup

Rogue Ales & Spirits, Single Malt Whiskey

Vivacity Spirits, Turkish Coffee Liqueur

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