I just got the word from Edible Phoenix publisher Pamela Hamilton that the quarterly mag has its official winners list for the annual Local Hero Awards, which recognizes people in the culinary community. Nominees and votes were collected online through mid-December.
So congrats to the following folks who get this year's honors:
Farm/Farmer: Maya's Farm
Chef/Restaurant: James Porter, Tapino
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Food Artisan: Fossil Creek Creamery
Beverage Artisan: Four Peaks Brewery
Non-profit: Downtown Phoenix Public Market
Next time around, you voters will need to do some more brainstorming on whom to nominate for best non-profit. Since the Downtown Phoenix Public Market just won the category for the third year running, it's being retired to the Local Hero Hall of Fame.