WESTBROOK — The Superior Food Basis has singled Ragged Coastline Sweets for an award amongst 2,000 entries nationwide this year.
Ragged Coast Chocolates on Main Street was identified with a 2021 Fantastic Food Award for social and environmental responsibility and unique craftsmanship for their Cassis de Résistance Truffle.
Kate Shaffer, who owns the Ragged Coastline (formerly Black Dinah Chocolatiers) with her partner, Steve, explained the award-successful truffle was influenced by a neighbor who brought them some foraged black currants.
“We produced a puree from them and designed a special truffle and we liked it,” Shaffer claimed.
The truffle became a component of their Maine Farm Market Assortment, which options candies with components from Maine farms or gardens.
The organization only resources their fruit for the Farm Current market Collection when it is in period, Shaffer claimed. They course of action the merchandise quickly on receiving them and freeze the purees for use during the rest of the calendar year. They even now have the Cassis de Résistance Truffle in inventory, but she explained they provide out just about every yr.
Although most of the components are domestically sourced, arguably the most important aspect of their do the job need to appear from a bit farther absent.
“Chocolate is an ingredient that is often developed in troublesome parts of the entire world, socially and politically,” Shaffer stated. “From the incredibly commencing, our requirements for sourcing our chocolate was to make certain we didn’t supply from producers that use kid or slave labor.”
Their mission 1st brought them to Venezuela, then to a producer in Ecuador, exactly where the cocoa is right sourced from the farmers.
“The most significant political statement we can make often is what we set on our plates,” Shaffer explained. “The revenue that we spend on our ingredients, we want as considerably of it as possible to continue to be in our local community mainly because that aids everybody, and powerful communities that mature fantastic food stuff and support each other are much better off.”
The Excellent Foodstuff Foundation, based out of San Francisco, gave out 266 awards to recipients in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Commencing in 2010, the awards recognize food stuff-based businesses in 17 categories, ranging from pickles to espresso.
Winners get access to distinctive use of the Good Food Awards Winner seal on their websites and packaging and a lifelong network of Good Food crafters to link with.
Other winners consist of Maine Beer Organization in Freeport, which entered its Prince Percy Pilsner and Wolfe’s Neck IPA, and Saco-based mostly Atlantic Sea Farms for its Fermented Seaweed Salad.
Prior to the pandemic, winners experienced the opportunity to market their products to wholesale potential buyers and users of the general public when the basis held a Fantastic Foods Awards weekend each January. The ceremony of winners was held nearly Jan. 22 this 12 months.
Business entrepreneurs can pitch their merchandise to a are living audience of specialty foodstuff prospective buyers on line by Feb. 12. The Fantastic Foodstuff Awards marketplace pop-up shop is open to the community on the foundation’s internet site by means of Feb. 7.
Brielle Hardy — 207-780-9018