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November 1, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Seattle’s top tastemakers for ‘thoughtful and healthier’ food

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When it comes to “thoughtful and healthier” food, Seattle’s on the list of the country’s top tastemakers. Technically, we’ve got 10 spots, on a list of 100 from 10 cities nationwide, developed by the folks behind the 2008 documentary “Food, Inc.” Take Part, the company’s digital production division, put the list together with the help of “leading food journalists” nationwide, including our own restaurant critic, Providence Cicero.

Shops were chosen based on Food, Inc.’s themes, i.e., “humane, homemade, organic, do-it-yourself, artisanal, locally sourced and sustainable.” Cicero wrote that it was hard for her to select just ten, but that together “they reflect the diverse passions of a city that cares deeply not just about food but where it comes from and how.”

My first thought at seeing the Seattle list: Interesting that three of the ten are headquartered in the same hotspot, Melrose Market on Capitol Hill. (Capitol Hill snagged a fourth spot too, and other winning locations range from Columbia City to the University District.) Here are the top five — check out the full listings and writeups here.

1. Taylor Shellfish Farms

2. The Calf & Kid

3. Theo Chocolate

4. Mighty O Donuts

5. Rain Shadow Meats

File photo of Calf and Kid cheese by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

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