An edible Local Hero is an exceptional individual, business, or organization making a positive impact on New Mexico’s food systems. These honorees nurture our communities through food, service, and socially and environmentally sustainable business practices. Edible New Mexico readers nominate and vote for their favorite local chefs, growers, artisans, advocates, and other food professionals in two dozen categories. In each issue of edible, we feature interviews with a handful of the winners, allowing us to get better acquainted with them and the important work they do.

Here’s your opportunity to recognize the hard work your favorite food and farming organizations and businesses have put into championing farm-fresh, locally produced food in New Mexico. Edible New Mexico’s annual Local Hero Awards are “people’s choice” awards, nominated and voted on by you, our readers, which makes these awards all the more meaningful to the recipients.

CRITERIA:

Nominations are open from March 1 through March 31, 2022. Voting will be open from April 7 through May 7. Winners are announced on July 1.

Lifetime Achievement Local Hero Awards in twenty-five categories are open to any New Mexico food or farming organizations, businesses, or individuals located within New Mexico. Nominations are submitted by the general public and voted on by the general public. Self-nominations are accepted. Previous Lifetime Achievement Local Hero winners are not eligible to win in the same category.

The Olla Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in the realm of good food work in New Mexico, and who are creating a more robust local food system. Nominations are submitted by the general public and the winner is determined by the edible team.

The Spotlight Awards recognize individuals who often go unrecognized, but whose work ensures we continue to have access to good and local food. To be considered, nominations for these awards must include a brief (one-to-three-paragraph) description of why the nominee should be recognized. Nominations are submitted by the general public and the winners are determined by the edible team.

Nominees for the Local Hero Awards should demonstrate leadership in our communities in the following ways:

  • Responsible environmental and social practices
  • High-quality products and services
  • Positive economic impact
  • Commitment to building a robust local food system


HOW ARE LOCAL HERO AWARDS FINALISTS DETERMINED?

After the nomination period closes, edible New Mexico staff compiles all nominations. Up to ten nominees with the most nominations from each category move on to the final voting round. Voting for 2021 awards will be open between April 7 and May 7.

HOW ARE THE AWARD WINNERS CHOSEN?

The Lifetime Achievement Local Hero winners are determined through a public voting period, after which the winners will be the finalists in each category who receive the most votes. The award winners will be announced in our July/August issue.

To honor work often undertaken out of the public eye, Spotlight Award and Olla Award winners will be determined by the edible team. The most compelling nominations will be evaluated to select winners for each category.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS FROM 2015 TO 2021

Edible New Mexico has honored more than 115 individuals and businesses over the last six years. Below are our Lifetime Achievement Local Hero Award winners.

Top left, clockwise: Red Tractor Farm, Israel Rivera of The Shop, Marie Yniguez of Bocadillos, M’Tucci’s Market & Deli.

Food Artisan

  • Sage Bakehouse, Santa Fe, 2015
  • Old Windmill Dairy, Estancia, 2016
  • Heidi’s Raspberry Farm, Albuquerque, 2017
  • Barrio Brinery, Santa Fe, 2018
  • Cacao Santa Fe, Santa Fe, 2019
  • The Burque Bakehouse, Albuquerque, 2020
  • Rude Boy Cookies, Albuquerque, 2021

    Beverage Artisan
    Non-Alcoholic

    • RASA Juice Bar, Santa Fe, 2015
    • Ohori’s Coffee Roasters, Santa Fe, 2016
    • Verde., Santa Fe, 2017
    • Iconik Coffee Roasters, Santa Fe, 2018
    • Humble Coffee, Albuquerque, 2019
    • Little Bear Coffee, Albuquerque, 2020
    • Cutbow Coffee, Albuquerque, 2021

    Chef

    • Andrew Cooper, Terra at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, 2015
    • Matt Yohalem, Il Piatto, Santa Fe, 2016
    • Jonathan Perno, Los Poblanos, Albuquerque, 2016
    • Colin Shane, Arroyo Vino, Santa Fe, 2017
    • Carrie Eagle, Farm & Table, Albuquerque, 2017
    • Edgar Beas, Anasazi Restaurant, Santa Fe, 2018
    • Marie Yniguez, Bocadillos Slow Roasted, Albuquerque, 2018
    • Mark Kiffin, The Compound, Santa Fe, 2019
    • Marc Quiñones, MÁS Tapas y Vino, Albuquerque, 2019
    • Steve Riley, Farm & Table, Albuquerque, 2020
    • Nathan Mayes, Paloma, Santa Fe, 2020
    • Sean Sinclair, Bar Castañeda, Las Vegas, 2020
    • Israel Rivera, The Shop Breakfast & Lunch, Albuquerque, 2021
    • Allison Jenkins, Arroyo Vino, Santa Fe, 2021
    • Laura Crucet, Pig & Fig, White Rock, 2021

    Restaurant

    • Farm & Table, Albuquerque, 2015
    • Vinaigrette, Albuquerque, 2016
    • Radish & Rye, Santa Fe, 2016
    • Izanami, Santa Fe, 2017
    • Artichoke Cafe, Albuquerque, 2017
    • Rancho de Chimayó, Chimayó, 2017
    • Paper Dosa, Santa Fe, 2018
    • Farina Pizzeria, Albuquerque, 2018
    • The Love Apple, Taos, 2018
    • Campo at Los Poblanos, Albuquerque, 2019
    • Coyote Cafe, Santa Fe, 2019
    • Black Bird Saloon, Cerrillos, 2019
    • Fork & Fig, Albuquerque, 2020
    • The Compound, Santa Fe, 2020
    • The Skillet, Las Vegas, 2020
    • Oni, Albuquerque, 2021
    • Jambo Cafe, Santa Fe, 2021
    • Bar Castaneda, Las Vegas, 2022

    Café

    • Bocadillos Slow Roasted, Albuquerque, 2015
    • RASA Juice Bar, Santa Fe, 2016
    • The Grove Cafe & Market, Albuquerque, 2016
    • Tia Sophia’s, Santa Fe, 2017
    • The Shop Breakfast & Lunch, Albuquerque, 2017
    • Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen, Santa Fe, 2018
    • Tia B’s La Waffleria, Albuquerque, 2018
    • Duran Central Pharmacy, Albuquerque, 2019
    • Dolina Bakery & Cafe, Santa Fe, 2019
    • Indulgence Bakery & Cafe, Las Cruces, 2020
    • Charlie’s Spic & Span, Las Vegas, 2020
    • Farmacy, Albuquerque, 2021
    • Sage Bakehouse, Santa Fe 2021

    Baker / Bakery

    • Sarah Ciccotello, The Burque Bakehouse, Albuquerque, 2021

    Gastropub

    • Second Street Brewery, Santa Fe, 2015
    • Fire & Hops, Santa Fe, 2016
    • Loyal Hound, Santa Fe, 2017
    • Rowley Farmhouse Ales, Santa Fe, 2018
    • Dr. Field Goods Kitchen, Santa Fe, 2019
    • Steel Bender Brewyard, Albuquerque, 2020
    • Nexus Brewery, Albuquerque, 2021

    Food Truck

    • Bang Bite, Santa Fe, 2015
    • Street Food Institute, Albuquerque, 2016
    • My Sweet Basil, Albuquerque, 2017
    • El Chile Toreado, Santa Fe, 2018
    • Malaguena’s Latin Tapas, 2019
    • Oni, Albuquerque, 2020
    • Vegos, Albuquerque, 2021

    Food Shop (Specialty and Grocery)

    • The Farm Shop at Los Poblanos, Albuquerque, 2015
    • La Montañita Co-op, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, 2015
    • Kaune’s Neighborhood Market, Santa Fe, 2016
    • Cheesemongers of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, 2016
    • Santa Fe School of Cooking, Santa Fe, 2017
    • M’Tucci’s Italian Market & Deli, Albuquerque, 2018
    • Talin Market World Food Fare, Albuquerque, 2019
    • PopFizz, Albuquerque, 2020
    • New Mexico Harvest, Albuquerque, 2021

    Farm/Ranch

    • Camino de Paz School & Farm, Santa Cruz, 2015
    • Red Tractor Farm, Albuquerque, 2016
    • Romero Farms, Alcalde, 2017
    • Green Tractor Farm, La Cienega, 2018
    • Rio Grande Community Farm, Albuquerque, 2018
    • Schwebach Farm, Moriarty, 2018
    • Peculiar Farms, Los Lunas, 2019
    • Silver Leaf Farms, Corrales, 2019
    • Urban Rebel Farms, Santa Fe, 2019
    • Vida Verde Farm, Albuquerque, 2020
    • Revolution Farm, Santa Fe, 2020
    • De Smet Dairy & Creamery, Bosque Farms, 2020
    • Tres Hermanas Farm, Albuquerque, 2021
    • Montoya Orchard, Velarde, 2022

    Wine / Cider

    • Gruet Winery, Albuquerque, 2018
    • Casa Rondeña Winery, Albuquerque, 2019
    • Black Mesa Winery, Velarde, 2020
    • New Mexico Hard Cider, Santa Fe, 2021

    Spotlight Awards

    • Michael Trent (server at Arable), Front of House 2021
    • Gabe Romero (butcher at Campo), Back of House 2021
    • Jose Garcia, Farmworker 2021

    Brewery

    • Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, 2015
    • Santa Fe Brewing Company, Santa Fe, 2017
    • La Cumbre Brewing Co., Albuquerque, 2018
    • Bosque Brewing Co., Albuquerque, 2019
    • Bow & Arrow Brewing Co., Albuquerque, 2020
    • Ex Novo Brewing Company, Albuquerque, 2021

    Spirits

    • Santa Fe Spirits, Santa Fe, 2016
    • Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, Silver City, 2018
    • Still Spirits, Albuquerque, 2019
    • Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery, Santa Fe, 2020
    • Hollow Spirits Distillery, Albuquerque, 2021

    Mixologist / Cocktail Program

    • Deborah Fleig, Izanami, Santa Fe, 2015
    • Quinn Stephenson, multiple restaurants, Santa Fe, 2016
    • Natalie Bovis, The Liquid Muse, Santa Fe, 2017
    • Radish & Rye, Santa Fe, 2018
    • The Copper Lounge, Albuquerque, 2019
    • Campo at Los Poblanos, Albuquerque, 2020
    • Still Spirits, Albuquerque, 2021

    Nonprofit

    • Cooking with Kids, Santa Fe, 2015
    • Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute, Santa Fe, 2016
    • Farm to Table, Santa Fe, 2017
    • Kitchen Angels, Santa Fe, 2018
    • Three Sisters Kitchen, Albuquerque, 2019
    • The Food Depot, Santa Fe, 2020
    • Road Runner Food Bank, Albuquerque 2021

    Food Writer

    • Justin de la Rosa, 2015
    • Cheryl Alters Jamison, 2016
    • Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, 2018
    • Briana Olson, 2019

    Food Event

    • Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, Santa Fe, 2018
    • Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, Santa Fe, 2019
    • 505 Food Fights, Albuquerque, 2020

    Innovator

    • Rancho Gallina, Santa Fe, 2019
    • Three Sisters Kitchen, Albuquerque, 2020
    • Farm to Table, Santa Fe, 2021

    Sustainablity

    • Downtown Growers’ Market, Albuquerque, 2021

    Olla Award

    • Lynn Walters, Cooking with Kids, Santa Fe, 2015
    • Michelle Franklin, La Montañita Co-op, 2016
    • Cherie Montoya, Farm & Table, Albuquerque, 2017
    • Jane Stacey, Cooking with Kids, Santa Fe, 2018
    • David Sellers, Street Food Institute, Albuquerque, 2019
    • Lois Ellen Frank, Red Mesa Cuisine, Santa Fe, 2020
    • Micah Roseberry, Farmhouse Bakery and Cafe, Taos, 2021