Columbus-based business North Country Charcuterie has won a national award by the Good Food Foundation for its outstanding product in the charcuterie category. The Good Food awards highlight the best across the nation in 18 categories, awarding three winners in each region.

North Country won for their locally-made herbed wagyu bresaola, which is inspired by a traditional northern Italian delicacy. Herbed wagyu bresaola is known as “a labor of love” according to the chef.

“Bresaola is made with Ohio wagyu beef eye of round, cured and aged for three months,” explained North Country Co-Owner James Forbes.

North Country Charcuterie is a family-owned company, composed of mother Jane and her two sons James and Duncan Forbes. The Forbes family makes their cured meats and fresh sausages by hand in Columbus, sourcing locally raised pork from nearby farms, and other ingredients from around Ohio including craft beer, cheese, wine, herbs and spices.

“We created the Good Food Awards to highlight the small, local makers doing everything right, whose tremendous contributions are often overlooked,” stated Good Food Foundation executive director Sarah Weiner. “North Country Charcuterie is a true innovator that rose to the top in a blind tasting and met the high sustainability and socially responsibility standards of the Good Food Foundation.”

North Country Charcuterie received the award on March 4 during the Good Foods awards ceremony in San Francisco. Three other Ohio based businesses were also recognized in 2022, including Old Brooklyn Mustards in Cleveland, Pantless Jams in Toledo and Maverick Chocolate Company in Cincinnati.

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by Katiana Carmon
Source: The Metropreneur