The Association of Food Journalists conference is taking part right now in Washington D.C., and this afternoon over lunch the ceremony took place for the AFJ's annual awards. 42 winners were announced in 13 catagories.

LA Weekly took home two prizes during the awards: Food Editor Amy Scattergood took second place for Best Food Blog for this here blog you're reading, Squid Ink. Freelancer Beth Barrett took first place in the Best Newspaper Food News Story with her LA Weekly story, “L.A. Farmers Markets Exposed.”

I took first place for Best Newspaper Special Food Project for my 2011 Food Issue for Creative Loafing in Atlanta, which focused on the cooks, servers and bartenders of that city.

Other first place winners included our New York brethren The Village Voice for Best Food Blog, The Philadelphia Inquirer's Craig LaBan for Best Newspaper Restaurant Criticism, and the San Francisco Chronicle for Best Newspaper Food Coverage in the 200,001 and over circulation category.

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