Edible Communities Reveals Winners of the 2015 EDDY Awards

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23 publishers from across the country and Canada have won Reader’s Choice and Critic’s Choice EDDY Awards

Edible Monterey Bay Water Issue

Edible Monterey Bay's Water Issue won the EDDY for Best Special Issue.

Edible Communities, the country's leading local food publisher with 85+ magazines in culinary regions throughout the U.S. and Canada, has announced the winners of the 2015 EDDY Awards.

23 publishers from across the country and Canada took home Reader’s Choice and Critic’s Choice EDDY Awards at Edible’s annual awards dinner in New Orleans late last week.

The EDDYs recognize the most exceptional work produced by the award-winning family of independent Edible publishers.

“The depth and breadth of stories honored by EDDY Awards are a testament to the crucial role independent Edible publishers play in surfacing all things local food and drink,” said Eric Thorkilsen, CEO of Edible Communities. “The terrific imagery and seasonal recipes also provide a glimpse into the world of those who live and work the land.”

The EDDY Award for Best Special Issue went to Edible Monterey Bay for its Water Issue. “Without water, the sustainability of food is a moot point: we are howling into the wind,” said author and journalist Ethne Clarke, the former editor of Organic Gardening. “[The issue] sets out the problems without scaring the bejeezus out of the reader, while … revealing local options of what we can do and should do to make a difference on an issue that impacts the entire planet.”

Edible Ozarkansas, which covers the Arkansas Ozarks region, won both the Critic’s Choice and Reader’s Choice awards for Best Cover. “[I] love the motion and movement,” southern chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis said about the magazine’s summer 2014 cover. “Very explosive.”

Edible Philly won both the Critic’s Choice and Reader’s Choice awards for Best Social Issue Story for its reporting on restaurant employees’ working conditions and compensation. “A courageous investigative report that lifts the veil on a far-too-rarely covered fact of the American sustainable food revolution: the people who prepare and bring us that wonderful food – even in high-end restaurants – are subjected to heartbreaking labor injustices,” said Barry Estabrook, journalist, editor and author of Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat, due in June 2015.

Edible Charlotte won the Critic’s Choice Award for Environment and Sustainability Story for its report on the “State of Our Seas,” a look at why the majority of our seafood is imported despite the abundance of delicious fish in our coastal waters. Edible Cape Cod was voted the Reader’s Choice winner for “Cape Cod Ark: A Study in Self-Sufficiency,” which proves that food can be grown year-round in cold climates.

Entries were judged by some the most esteemed professionals in the food world including best-selling author, educator and food politics thought leader Marion Nestle, Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin, Food52 co-founder Merrill Stubbs, 1802 founders Brent Ridge and Josh-Kilmer-Purcell and many others. For a complete list, go to the 2015 EDDY Awards Judge's page.

See all the winners below and read their work at ediblefeast.com/eddyawards.

2015 EDDY AWARD WINNERS

BEST FEATURE

Farmer, Rancher, Fisher or Grower
Critic’s Choice: Edible Charlotte – The Chef's Farmer
Reader’s Choice: Edible DC – The Great Pumpkin in Anne Arundel County

Chef
Critic’s Choice (tie): Edible Cape Cod – Gerardi's Café
Critic’s Choice (tie): Edible Baja Arizona – Everything Goes with Waffles
Reader’s Choice: Edible Long Island – In the Kitchen with Alex Lee: Veneration of a Vegetable

Food Artisan
Critic’s Choice: Edible Madison – The Meat of the Matter
Reader’s Choice: Edible Cape Cod – Nobska Farms: A Little Farm with a BIG Flavor

Drink Artisan
Critic’s Choice: Edible Santa Barbara – Seasoned by the Sea
Reader’s Choice: Edible New Orleans – Alan Walter of Loa: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Booze

Home Cook
Critic’s Choice: Edible Cleveland – How Cleveland Came to Claim The Clambake
Reader’s Choice: Edible Upcountry – The Cheesemaker at Home

Market or Specialty Shop
Critic’s Choice: Edible Manhattan – People's Pops, Artisan Frozen Treats
Reader’s Choice: Edible Vancouver & Wine Country – Pure Passion

BEST STORY
Environment or Sustainability
Critic’s Choice: Edible Charlotte – State of Our Seas
Reader’s Choice: Edible Cape Cod – Cape Cod Ark: A Study in Self-Sufficiency

Personal Essay
Critic’s & Reader’s Choice: Edible Rhody – Planting Parsnips

Gardening
Critic’s & Reader’s Choice: Edible Green Mountains – Compost Happens at Someday Farms

Social Issue
Critic’s & Reader’s Choice: Edible Philly – People for the Ethical Treatment of Restaurant Workers

BEST RECIPE FEATURE

Seasonal
Critic’s Choice: Edible Monterey Bay – Shelling Beans
Reader’s Choice: Edible Grande Traverse – Consider the Radish

Drink
Critic’s Choice: Edible Cleveland – Krampus Flip
Reader’s Choice: Edible Long Island – Last Call: Watermelon Mojitos

Healthful
Critic’s Choice: Edible Santa Fe – Eat Local for Cheap
Reader’s Choice: Edible East End – Gluten Intelligence

Preserving
Critic’s Choice: Edible New Orleans – Creole Cream Cheese
Reader’s Choice: Edible Upcountry – The Pickle That Isn't

BEST DIGITAL
Website
Critic’s Choice: Edible East End – Edible East End Website
Reader’s Choice: Edible Brooklyn – Edible Brooklyn Website

Video
Critic’s & Reader’s Choice: Edible Long Island – Maple Sugaring in East Setauket

Social Media
Critic’s Choice: Edible Manhattan – Edible Manhattan Instagram
Reader’s Choice: Edible Brooklyn – Edible Brooklyn Instagram

BEST IMAGERY
Cover
Critic’s & Reader’s Choice: Edible Ozarkansas – Summer 2014

Feature or Story Photography
Critic’s Choice: Edible Manhattan – Harlem Shambles Butcher Shop
Reader’s Choice: Edible Silicon Valley – Where the Wild Salmon Roam

Recipe Photography
Critic’s Choice: Edible Cleveland – Brewed and Infused
Reader’s Choice: Edible Vineyard – Carrots

Illustration
Critic’s Choice: Edible Baja Arizona – Honey, Don’t Forget the Pollinators
Reader’s Choice: Edible Upcountry – Meet Your Dairy Farmer

BEST SPECIAL ISSUE
Critic’s Choice: Edible Monterey Bay – The Water Issue

About Edible Communities
Since its creation in 2002, Edible Communities has grown to be a widely respected leader in the local food space, distributing an average of 1.4 million copies per issue in more than 85 local communities. Through its distinctive licensing business model, individual entrepreneurs in discreet geographic areas lead the creation of hyper-local content celebrating local food culture, season by season, community by community. With engaging writing, design and photography, the brand was honored in 2011 with a James Beard Award for Publication of the Year.

Watch our PBS television show: "Victory Garden's edibleFEAST", which combines the best of Edible with a fresh take on community and home gardens, and visit ediblefeast.com for expertly curated content from Edible Communities and other established voices in the food, drink and garden world.

For more information, please contact Dina El Nabli: dina(AT)ediblemedia.com

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