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The Local Hero Awards recognize outstanding members of the food community who are leading with their environmental and social practices, high quality, economic impact and commitment to building a robust local food system.


Edible Madison solicited nominations from its readers, and through an open voting process, the community selected the winners. More than 2,000 community members cast their votes in five categories: farm/farmer, chef/restaurant, food shop, food/beverage artisan and non-profit.

A story profiling each Local Hero Award winner will appear in the spring print edition of Edible Madison and on the Edible Madison website (www.ediblemadison.com) later this week.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the winners of this year’s Local Hero Awards,” said Jamie Lamonde, publisher and editor-in-chief of Edible Madison. “As a ‘people’s choice’ award, we thank our readers for honoring these businesses and organizations for being champions of our local food system and fostering a sense of community through their work.”

1st annual Local Hero Award winners:

Farm/Farmer: Carrie and Eric Johnson, Jordandal Farms (Argyle and Darlington)

Chef/Restaurant: Chef Tory Miller, L’Etoile Restaurant and Graze Gastropub (Madison)

Food ShopWilly Street Co-op (Madison and Middleton)

Food/Beverage Artisan: Adrian Reif and Jeremy Lynch, Yumbutter (Madison)

Non-ProfitSlow Food Madison (Madison)

About Edible Madison
Dedicated to celebrating the food and agriculture of Southern Wisconsin, Edible Madison magazine is published quarterly with the seasons. Edible Madison’s mission is to raise awareness that supporting local, sustainable food production is good for our economy, environment and health. We accomplish this through food education and by telling stories about the people behind our region’s dynamic food movement. For more information, visit www.ediblemadison.com.

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