Bonus Contest

Best in Creativity  

Each year that we've run our Ham Independence contest (2016 will be our fifth!), the displays that our participants come up with have astonished us. They have made us chuckle, beam, guffaw, and most of all feel inspired and proud to be working with such fun, creative folks.

In 2015, we decided that it was just too sad to choose one winner, so we asked an awesome line up of experts in the specialty foods field to help us pick the winners of the Creativity Contest. They selected one winner for each of the following categories:

"Most Artistic"
"Savviest Merchandising"
"Go Big or Go Home"

The three winners each got a giant box of La Quercia cured meats for a staff pork party and a fancy ribbon to hang on their wall. 

It was such a great success that we did it again in 2016! 

Our 2019 Panel of Judges

Click below to read more about our incredible panel!


Erika Kubick is a monger turned preacher devoted to educating and exciting cheese lovers everywhere. This self-described “Cheese Slut” believes cheese is the sexiest, holiest food in the world and that we should all pleasure ourselves with it every day. She thinks cured meats are pretty great too… Check her out at Cheese Sex Death, a Chicago-based cheese advocacy and events company and follow her on instagram @CheeseSexDeath.


Sarah Hendrix is the co-founder of Lady and Larder,  a fabulous sibling owned and operated shop with a specialty in out-of-this-world party boards. If you haven’t seen their creations, you’re missing out! Follow them on Instagram @ladyandlarder or check them out the next time you’re in LA.


Anyone who’s been following the cheeseboard-as-art movement knows the name Lilith Spencer.  Her cheese creations inspired all of us to think about food in a more graphic and creative way and have been featured in major publications such as Saveur magazine. Follow her on Instagram @cheesemongrrl.