The Local Hero Awards pay tribute to those businesses and nonprofits in our community who are pushing the envelope of the local food movement. This year, renowned local chefs put their culinary brilliance toward preparing summer’s best barbecue, sourced directly from our region’s most sustainable producers. Nell Newman of Newman’s Own Organics talked about the power of social enterprise and then announced the winners of this year’s Local Hero Awards – voted for by more than 3,000 people.
Congratulations to this year’s Local Hero Award winners.
Meet the Nominees
Our print magazine, Edible Portland, hosts the Local Hero Awards to honor businesses at the forefront of social enterprise in local food — those people transforming how they source ingredients, care for their animals and land, treat their workers, and engage with their communities. In intimate profiles, meet this year’s 24 Local Hero Award nominees.
Chefs + Ranchers
Greg Higgins of HIGGINS RESTAURANT smokes CARMAN RANCH Spanish Longaniza sausage and HAWKINS’ SISTERS RANCH chicken buttifarra sausage with hazelnut romesco sauce
John Gorham of TORO BRAVO, Tasty n Sons, and Tasty n Alder roasts two (count them two!) goats from ANDERSON RANCHES
Stacey Givens of THE SIDE YARD FARM & KITCHEN makes TURTLE ISLAND FOOD barbecue tempeh sliders with spicy, farm-fresh slaw
Scott Dolich of THE BENT BRICK barbecues GOOSE POINT OYSTERS on the rooftop terrace
Jameson Maspaitella of SIMPATICA makes REISTER FARMS lamb barbacoa sopitos with corn radish salsa and cotija cheese
Ethan Bisagna of FEASTWORKS transforms GOAT MOUNTAIN PASTURED MEATS pork bellies and shoulders into lip-smacking links
Fresh bread from GRAND CENTRAL BAKERY
At each station, alongside the barbecue and beer, the producers shared stories of their work, offering attendees the opportunity to get closer to the source of their meat.
Base Camp Brewing Co. ǀ Breakside ǀ Commons ǀ Double Mountain ǀ Fort George ǀ Gigantic ǀ Migration
Hall of Pie
Grand Central Bakery ǀ Lovejoy Bakers ǀ Petunia’s Pies and Pastries ǀ Lauretta Jean’s ǀ Sweedeedee ǀ Salt & Straw ǀ Organic Valley ǀ Nossa Familia
Keynote: Nell Newman on Social Enterprise
Social entrepreneur Nell Newman of Newman’s Own Organics spoke to the power of social enterprise — what it means to run a business that aims for far more than profit. Newman also announced the winners of this year’s Local Hero Awards, voted for by you.