Honorees Accept Specialty Food Association’s 2019 Leadership Awards

Moscone Center (San Francisco, CA) – Miyoko Schinner of Miyoko’s (Petaluma, CA), Lisa Curtis of Kuli Kuli Foods (Oakland, CA) and Patrick Mateer of Seal the Seasons (Chapel Hill, NC) accept leadership awards from the Specialty Food Association in day one of the Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show.

I spoke with Patrick in depth about what inspires his business.

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Here is a replay of each awardee’s acceptance speech.

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    Nominations are made by SFA members and influencers in the specialty food industry. Honorees are selected from a slate of 30 candidates. The Leadership Award judges were association member-peers serving on the SFA Recognition Committee.

Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association says, “We are proud of the great work being done across the specialty food industry. We continue to positively impact, not just the food system, but our communities and world as well.”

“From farm to shelf, domestically to internationally, the three entrepreneurs we will honor are great examples of our organizational vision in action: ‘Shaping the Future of Food.’ We are excited to share their stories and recognize their achievements.”

Watch the entire presentation via our YouTube Playlist.

About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,500 members in the U.S. and abroad with resources, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at

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Shirley Potasz, M.A.

Editor of Specialties include natural food preparation, skin care, and changing one's lifestyle. • M.A. in Educational Technology from SFSU • Certified Nutritionist • Produces numerous videos and interviews • Performs novel research • Lectures publicly and teaches in public and private schools Past • Broadcast Radio and TV Host in Los Angeles • National Health Federation (NHF) Board Member and S.F. Chapter President (13 years) - championed state and national health legislation, spoke at conventions, and organized monthly lectures by foremost researchers.

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