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Top 100 Tastemakers in the U.S.

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Take Part, the people that brought us the successfully documentary Food, Inc., have launched a new campaign called Tastemakers, aimed at spotlighting companies across the country committed to providing "Food Done Right."

The acclaimed journalists of Take Part took it upon themselves to find 100 small food producers in ten cities across the country committed to the principles they—and we—admire: local, sustainable, organic, humane and unprocessed. The shops had to be exceptional in other ways, as well, by being colorful, beautiful and unique.

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You can access the full list of 100 shops in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Atlanta, Portland, Boston, San Francisco and the Twin Cities on the Take Part website. But, if you don't happen to live in one of these locales, you can still enjoy some of these products by ordering online. (And here's hoping they'll continue the mission with more cities in the future!)

  • Wilson Farm
    This 128-year-old farm offers hundreds of varieties of Massachusetts-grown produce, as well as gift baskets and party platters for those not in the Boston area. 
  • King's County Jerky
    New York-based King's County Jerky offers exceptional grass-fed beef jerky with free shipping on orders over $50.
  • Seattle Caviar
    Local caviar? Sure! Seattle Caviar offers half a dozen varieties that range in price from $10 to $135 a tin. You can also purchase truffles, foie gras, and other accessories for the foodie in your life.
  • Trailhead Coffee Roasters
    You can order Oregon-made Trailhead Coffee from the Made in Oregon online store, so you don't have to go any farther than your kitchen for a real Seattle coffee experience.
  • E. Waldo Ward
    Sample some of the finest jams, jellies, fruit syrups, marinades, sauces, and more from this California-based gourmet jam purveyor.
  • TCHO
     A new chapter in the history of artisan chocolate making from San Francisco, you can sample the sweet life from their website by ordering bars, chocolate-covered treats and fine drinking and baking chocolates.
  • Empire Mayonnaise
    Elevate that turkey on rye to a whole new level with gourmet mayonnaise flavors like black garlic, lime pickle, smoked paprika, or white truffle. A real find for the sandwich lover on your holiday gift list.

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