The Juice Hive, the Bluffton-based healthy eatery known for its cold-pressed juices, smoothies and variety of all-natural, predominantly raw foods, has won a prestigious “Good Food Award” for its Magic Memory Ball. The Juice Hive had the distinct honor of having two finalists – Magic Memory Ball and Berry Bluffton Fruit Leather — in the high-profile national food competition. in addition, this year its sister restaurant, The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room, also had the honor of being recognized as a finalist for its Curried Pickled Red Okra in the national competition. Each year the national Good Food Awards honor the people throughout the country who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment and connected to communities and cultural traditions.
This is the second consecutive year that the Juice Hive has been recognized with this important food industry award and selected as a Good Food Awards Winner, and the first time that The Cottage Café has received the honor of being named a finalist. In addition, the Juice Hive is once again the only restaurant in the Lowcountry, and the only food item in the entire state of South Carolina, to be named a winner in this highly regarded food industry competition.
The Juice Hive’s Magic Memory Ball is a unique menu item created by the Juice Hive’s owner and chef Leslie Rohland as a snack which is both tasty and which may enhance mental function/improve memory. Made with all organic fruits and nuts, and a variety of herbal infusions, the balls are an all-natural snack that may help sharpen cognitive skills while providing a delicious treat with significant health benefits. All three of the finalists use organic fruit and produce supplied by Three Sisters Farm, a certified organic farm located along the Colleton River in Beaufort, which provides organic products for both the Juice Hive and The Cottage Café.
Awards were presented at the Good Food Awards Ceremony held on January 11th in San Francisco and attended by more than 1,000 farmers, chefs, journalists and activists joining together to honor and celebrate exceptional food crafters. Winners were selected in 15 categories, with 199 winners chosen from more than 30 states.
In its ninth year, the Good Food Awards is the first national initiative to recognize food producers based on both taste and sustainability criteria. The Awards distinguish food producers committed to strengthening the sustainable food industry through the creation of ‘tasty, authentic, and responsible’ foods. In each category, three food crafters from each region – North, South, East, West and Central – receive the honor each year, with winners having the distinction of the blue Good Food Awards seal. All finalists 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.
For more information about the 2019 Good Food Awards, and a complete listing of this year’s winners, visit https://goodfoodfdn.org/awards/winners/ . In addition, for additional information about The Juice Hive and Health Emporium and their Good Food Award-winning Magic Memory Ball and Good Food Award finalist Berry Bluffton Fruit Leather visit www.thejuicehive.com; for more information about The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room and their Good Food Award Finalist Curried Pickled Red Okra, visit www.thecottagebluffton.com.