James Beard Award

The Journalism Committee of the James Beard Foundation Awards has presented the Edible Communities publications with the award for 2011 Publication of the Year—a first-ever honor bestowed on a publication demonstrating fresh directions, worthy ambitions and a forward-looking approach to food journalism.

Through the vision of its cofounders, Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, Edible Communities began in 2002 with a single publication, Edible Ojai, and has since grown to include 70 independently owned magazines, Edible Austin included, which feature regional journalists and publishers with a passion for local voices, food systems and the culinary products flourishing in their communities.

The Committee commended the Edible Communities magazines for their unique publishing model addressing the most crucial trends in food journalism, and applauded their underlying values that speak to today’s spirit of shared responsibility. In addition, the Committee noted that the Edible Communities publications represent more than a simple cluster of regional print magazines, but a collective archived road map that will serve as a valuable resource for exploring the impact of regional food and agriculture from a grassroots perspective for years to come.

“It’s humbling and gratifying to be honored with this prestigious award, and to know that our work, and the work of the entire Edible Communities publishing family, is being recognized as having a significant and positive impact on our local food systems and communities,” says Marla Camp, publisher of Edible Austin. “We are grateful for the continued support we receive for our efforts in Central Texas, and we congratulate our staff and contributors who have made this all possible.”

Deemed “the Oscars of the food world,” by Time magazine, the James Beard Foundation Awards are the country’s most coveted honor for those in the food industry. To find out more, visit jamesbeard.org.