Novato, CA (January 26, 2012) – Square One Organic Spirits announced today that its Square One Organic Vodka received the Good Food Awards Gold Seal and has been selected as one of the 99 winners in the second annual Good Food Awards. On January 13, at the Good Food Awards ceremony that included James Beard Award winning journalist, Ruth Reichl, and Alice Waters, pioneer of the local, sustainable American food philosophy, Square One Organic Spirits and the other winning American food, spirits and beer producers were honored for enhancing the country’s agricultural landscape by strengthening their own local food communities, and creating food and drink that epitomize American craftsmanship.

“We’re honored to be part of this event recognizing so many small businesses that apply American entrepreneurial spirit to creating high quality, local, sustainable food and drink”, said Allison Evanow, Square One Organic Spirits Founder and CEO, “when I started Square One, many didn’t understand the value of organics in distilled spirits. The Good Food Awards helps to further the awareness that organic and sustainable business practices strengthen the environmental and economic health of our communities.”

Square One Organic Vodka, made from 100% organic American rye and whose distillation is also certified organic, met the rigorous award requirements that the product utilize ingredients which are traceable and that the producers can speak to where they come from; that the product does not contain any genetically modified ingredients; and they contain no artificial additives.  The Good Food Awards Gold Seal awarded to Square One Organic Vodka further recognizes that the spirit is certified organic.

At the award ceremony, in each category, the winners chose one of their own to accept the award on their behalf and the theme of solidarity with their peers rang true in each speech, culminating in an announcement of a new Good Food Guild by awards Founder Sarah Weiner:

“You are nearly 100 strong, but you represent many more: nearly 1000 entrants pledged to the Good Food Awards criteria this year…With an eye towards supporting and moving the entire food system forward, with all of you leading the way, I am thrilled to announce tonight the formalization of a movement to unite, share, mentor, distinguish and support each other as good food businesses.”

The following day, many thousands more took part in the celebration of America’s food artisans by attending the Good Food Awards Marketplace and new Beer & Spirits Garden. There, they met the winners, tasted and purchased 54 of the award winning foods and drinks.

Good Food Awards website: www.goodfoodawards.org