FROM STAFF REPORTS
PETOSKEY — American Spoon has been named a winner for the 2013 Good Food Awards.
For the second year in a row, judges selected the Petoskey-based company's Wild Thimbleberry Jam for this award honoring craftsmanship and sustainability.
Noah Marshall-Rashid, vice president of American Spoon and son of co-founder Justin Rashid, accepted the award at a ceremony in San Francisco. He was selected by Good Food Awards Director Sarah Weiner to speak on behalf of all winners in the preserves category.
The thimbleberry is a tart, aromatic fruit that grows wild in northern climates, thriving in areas with cool summer temperatures and rocky soil. The berries grow on wild, thornless shrubs with large maple-like leaves and are found across Michigan's western Upper Peninsula. They have a tangy taste reminiscent of currants and raspberries and their soft seeds release a unique nutty flavor when chewed.
EAST LANSING — For the second year in a row, the top trend identified in a National Restaurant Association survey of American Culinary Federation member chefs was locally sourced meats and seafoods, followed by locally grown produce.
Ben Tirrell, owner of Tirrell Farmstead Specialties in Charlotte, has expanded marketing of his farmstead cheese and meat products to local restaurants.
Nina Santucci and Anthony Maiale, co-owners of Red Haven, a restaurant in Okemos, pioneered the concept of local food served from their Purple Carrot Truck.