The Good Food Foundation is proud to announce 11th Orchard Bitters’ Red Clover Bitters as a finalist in the running for a 2019 Good Food Award.
San Francisco, CA (November 7, 2018) – The Good Food Foundation is proud to announce 11th Orchard Bitters’ Red Clover Bitters as a finalist in the running for a 2019 Good Food Award. With a demonstrated commitment to fostering land stewardship and cultivating social good, this outstanding Chicago bitters company embodies the values of sustainability, clean eating, and building a better food and beverage system for all.
11th Orchard Bitters is a new Chicago bitters company that focuses on wild foraged and organic ingredients, with each of its signature flavors featuring plants indigenous to the Chicagoland area. Founded by partners Janie Vitlin and Chris Udouj, this one year old company is already making waves in the beverage and food industry. Their unique, non-traditional flavors are gaining favor in Chicago’s restaurant and bar scene as many of the city’s leading hot spots (think Scofflaw, Smyth & The Loyalist, RPM Italian, Parlor Pizza, Tack Room…) add the bitters to their menus. Vitlin and Udouj started the company as their way of reintroducing Chicago imbibers to the natural flavors around them while staying consistent with ideals of sustainability, healthy living, and environmental consciousness.
As a 2019 Good Food Finalist they embody what it means to be good global citizens, eschewing carbon-emitting fertilizers and pesticides, favoring practices that build soil health, and sourcing local ingredients with low transportation-related carbon footprints.
The Red Clover Bitters first rose to the top in a blind tasting of 2,035 entries by 262 bakers, makers, farmers, journalists and chefs; then passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they meet Good Food Awards standards regarding supply chain transparency and environmentally sound agricultural practices. An additional 37 high scoring products were disqualified for not meeting the sustainability standards.