Edible Monterey Bay

Vote now for your Local Heroes

10ebc0c5-bea4-4189-80af-fce28b63f643November 24, 2015 – Who are YOUR local heroes? We of course mean food and drink heroes here—your favorite chefs, farmers, vintners, brewers, food artisans, market operators and food-related nonprofits—and we want to know! To cast your vote, please give it some thought and CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

Voting will only take a couple of minutes, and the winners will be featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Edible Monterey Bay. To win, nominees must be based in Monterey, Santa Cruz or San Benito Counties. Voting closes at midnight on December 23, so don’t delay!

EMB’s Local Heroes have included all the top foodies and farmers in the Monterey Bay Area. Check out the list of past winners below and share the love by nominating other deserving locals.

2015 Local Heroes

Best Farmer – Jeff Larkey / Route 1 Farms

Best Chef/Restaurant – Jeffrey Weiss / Jeninni Kitchen + Wine Bar

Best Food Purveyor – Colleen Logan / Savor the Local

Best Beverage Artisan – Discretion Brewing

Best Pastry Chef – Ron Mendoza

Best Non-Profit – Angela Farley / Teen Kitchen Project

Best Food Artisan – Tabitha Stroup / Friend in Cheeses Jam Co. 

2014 Local Heroes

Best Farmer – Jeff Larkey / Route 1 Farms

Best Chef/Restaurant – Brad Briske / La Balena

Best Food Purveyor – Scott Roseman / New Leaf Community Market

Best Beverage Artisan – Emily Thomas / Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

Best Non-Profit – Nancy Birang and Karen Haralson / Nourishing Generations

Best Food Artisan – Tabitha Stroup / Friend in Cheeses Jam Co.

2013 Local Heroes

Best Farmer – (tie) Tom Broz / Live Earth Farm & Jamie Collins / Serendipity Farms

Best Chef/Restaurant – Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis / Penny Ice Creamery

Best Food Purveyor – Scott Roseman / New Leaf Community Market

Best Beverage Artisan – Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno / Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Best Non-Profit – (tie) Darrie Ganzhorn / Homeless Garden Project & Willie Elliot McCrae / Second Harvest Food Bank

Best Food Artisan – Tabitha Stroup / Friend in Cheeses Jam Co. 

2012 Local Heroes

Best Farmer – (tie) Phil Foster / Pinnacle Organics & Jamie Collins / Serendipity Farms

Best Chef/Restaurant – Tony Baker / Montrio Bistro

Best Food Retailer – Tony Baker / Baker’s Bacon

Best Food Artisan – Tony Baker / Baker’s Bacon

Best Non-Profit – (tie) GMO-Free Santa Cruz, MEarth, and Everyone’s Harvest

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