Perhaps you make artisanal brandied cherries. Or herbed goat cheese. Or hand-dipped chocolate and cayenne marshmallows. Want a little recognition? Nominate yourself (or your favorite product) for the 1st Annual Gourmet Product Awards. Early entry deadline is August 12th; final deadline is September 15th.

There are 36 categories — including Condiments, Oils, Childrens Foods, Hors d'Oeuvres, Raw Foods, Vinegar and Corporate Food Gifts — so you're bound to win something.

As much as we ridicule this kind of self-aggrandizing hooey, there's a way in which these contests, by the mere fact of their continued existence, legitimize themselves. So, yeah. Maybe enter.

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