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Nominations are now open for the Southern Arizona Food Heroes Awards

Some rather exciting news has just been announced by the non-profit association Tucson City of Gastronomy (TCoG): a new annual rewards program that will reward Southern Arizona’s Food Heroes.

Currently, TCoG is looking for local heroes in two categories, the “Food Visionary Award” and the “Jim Griffith Foodways Keeper Award”, and the deadline for submission is Monday, February 20. The 2023 winners will be selected through a nomination process and receive cash prizes of $1,500 each.

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“These awards, created in partnership with Yes Charlie!them Southwest Folklife Allianceand the University of Arizona Southwest Center recognize people who quietly maintain traditional food knowledge and skills important to our sense of place and shared identity, and others who help us think in new ways about the roles of food in our lives,” said Jonathan Mabriexecutive director of TCoG.

The winners will be announced in April and an event to honor the winners will take place around the beginning of May.

“If you know someone who deserves the appreciation of the people of southern Arizona in any of these areas, we hope you will nominate them so that their valuable contribution will be more widely known and they will feel our respect. “, did he declare.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the two categories and who you want to nominate.

Food Visionary Award

The 2023 Food Visionary Award will bring attention to Southern Arizona artists working in visual, stage, film, media and print who creatively reinvent new relationships with food, in all its dimensions. Carlotta Flores by Si Charro! partners with TCoG for this award, and the artist’s work will be featured by TCoG at other events throughout the year. This prize is funded by Si Charro!

Nominate someone for the Food Visionary Award here.

Jim Griffith Foodways Keeper Award

The Foodways Keeper Award will recognize Southern Arizona cooks and food artisans who help keep Tucson’s food traditions alive through the continued use of heritage ingredients and techniques unique to this region. This award is in honor of anthropologists and folklorists who have advanced the food heritage and culinary traditions of the border regions of Arizona and Sonora. The Southwest Folklife Alliance partners with TCoG for this award, and it is funded by the University of Arizona Southwest Center.

Nominate someone for the Jim Griffith Foodways Keeper Award here.

As mentioned earlier, the deadline for submission is Monday, February 20 and winners will receive cash prizes of $1,500 each.

For more information on the Southern Arizona Food Heroes Awards, visit tucson.cityofgastronomy.org.