It could have been the samples of their delicious homemade chicken and ham salads, fruit and cream pies and cookies or maybe it was the friendliness and personalities of owners Gail and Robert Speer.

Whatever the reason, Cortland Diner, Bakery and Catering earned the coveted Red Spoon Award on Saturday night at the first Savor Jackson County event.

Gail Speer said she was surprised and humbled to receive the award because of the quality of food from all of the participating vendors.

The Red Spoon Award was voted on by those who attended and was presented to the booth chosen as best overall.

“I’ve never won an award before in my life,” Gail Speer, 62, said. “It is truly an honor.”

Conducted at Celebrations in Seymour, the fundraiser allowed ticket holders to taste and savor the offerings of 13 local and popular food and drink vendors all in one place.

Proceeds from the event go to support the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce’s work to promote local businesses and carry out its mission to “serve as the catalyst for the advancement of commerce, culture and the community.”

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at or 812-523-7069.