Since its inception in 2011, BCV has worked with Good Food Awards organizers to on the planning and layout of the annual awards ceremony, marketplace and mercantile. The event has been hosted at the Ferry Building, the Palace of Fine Arts, and most recently at Ford Mason’s Herbst Pavilion. The ceremony and gala honors “outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients,” and in 2016 recognized 242 companies chosen from 1,927 entrants in the categories of beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves, spirits, oil, honey and pantry.

A view of the inaugural awards ceremony at the Ferry Building in 2011.

The 2016 ceremony was hosted by Chez Panisse owner and food activist Alice Waters, Newman’s Own Organics founder Nell Newman and Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini. The following day, food makers had their products on display at the Good Food Awards Marketplace.

Left: Campo de Encanto Pisco. Right: Pisco Bruja Letts.

This history has a personal connection for my wife’s family. Marian’s great-great-grandfather William Letts Oliver emigrated from Peru in the 1850s. A branch of the family – the Letts – remained, and one member has his own: Pisco Bruja Letts.

The pisco connections did not end here: over a holiday dinner with our New York office, designer Carola Vega listened to my newfound enthusiasm for pisco before reminding me that as a Peruvian, she is no stranger to pisco. She proceeded to educate us all on the importance of the grape spirit in Peru.

The day before Duggan’s explanation of The Architect, we learned that Filippo’s visa had been held up, and he would not be able to make our party. Luckily Luca was able to carry on in his absence, not only at our office events, but as a guest bartender at The Battery, where he served over 160 cocktails over the course of three hours.