It’s the Real Best-Ofs; Vote for Your Edible Local Hero By Friday

As the New Year approaches, with its cavalcade of “best of” and “top 10″ lists, we invite our readers to vote in a very Edible way–for your favorite farmers, brewers, bartenders and food systems innovators as part of Edible Communities Sixth Annual Local Hero Awards. The process is already underway and ends this Friday, December 16, so nominate your favorite farmer, chef, eatery, food shop, food artisan and non-profit now.

Zak Pelaccio, the leader of the Fatty Crew and the winner of the 2011 chef award.

As the New Year approaches, with its cavalcade of “best of” and “top 10″ lists, we invite our readers to vote in a very Edible way–for your favorite farmers, brewers, bartenders and food systems innovators as part of Edible Communities Sixth Annual Local Hero Awards. The process is already underway and ends this Friday, December 16, so nominate your favorite farmer, chef, eatery, food shop, food artisan and non-profit now and share the link with your friends (on Facebook and otherwise).

This year’s winners will be announced in March 2012 at the Edible Communities annual publisher’s dinner in Santa Barbara, California and also in each of our local communities in the spring 2012 issues. Click here to nominate Manhattan contenders; or find the right ballot for any other Edible community.

For inspiration, we’ve included a list of last year’s winners below. Get started now!

2011 LOCAL HERO AWARD WINNERS

Farm/Farmer: Cayuga Pure Organics
Chef/Restaurant: Zak Pelaccio, Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue
Food Artisan: MILKimchi
Beverage Artisan: BAO Fresh Kombucha
Non-Profit Organization: Wellness In The Schools

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Brian is the editor of Edible East End, and co-publisher of Edible Long Island, Edible Manhattan, and Edible Brooklyn. He writes from his home in Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his family tend a home garden and orchard, and keep ducks and oysters.