The Gallo family has commenced the third year of the Gallo Family Vineyards Gold Medal Awards.
Each year, the Awards honor the highest caliber of artisanal food producers, recognizing excellence across a variety of food categories. The program also includes the signature “All Artisanal Award” that honors the family-owned business that best embodies exceptional artisanal food production and stands as a role model and inspiration for other food industry professionals.
“We saw such great success with the program in its first two years that the Gallo family is pleased to continue the Gold Medal Awards and recognize our fellow dedicated farmers and food producers,” said Gina Gallo, a third-generation Gallo winemaker. “With these awards, it is our goal to support hard-working food artisans who uphold long-standing traditions and make sure Americans everywhere have the opportunity to enjoy these high quality food products.”
Added Gallo Family Vineyards winegrower Matt Gallo: “This is a milestone year for us as it marks E&J Gallo Winery’s 75th anniversary, so we are even prouder to be able to give back to the nation’s food artisans through the Gold Medal Awards. We are truly humbled by this opportunity to lend a hand to a community that we value so much.”
All artisanal producers interested in entering this program are encouraged to visit the Gallo Family Vineyards website at gallofamily.com where the application, rules and additional information can be found. Winners will each receive a $5,000 business development grant, an annual membership to the Chefs Collaborative (a non-profit organization fostering sustainable agriculture), a trip to New York City to attend the Gold Medal Awards celebration luncheon, and the Gallo Family Vineyards Gold Medal Awards Seal of Excellence to display on their winning products as a symbol of high quality.
The Gallo family also will continue the tradition of honoring one family-owned business that best exemplifies outstanding artisanal food production with the “All Artisanal Award.” This special prize recognizes a company whose hard work and values mirror that of the Gallo family’s.
The winner of the “All Artisanal Award” will receive an advertisement touting their prestigious title and winning product in a top national culinary publication, as well as a trip to the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen this June to stand alongside the Gallo family and display their winning product to a host of celebrity chefs and wine experts.