The Advocate’s food coverage has once again been honored by the national Association of Food Journalists.

Advocate food editor Cheramie Sonnier, at the AFJ annual conference Thursday, accepted the second-place award for best newspaper food coverage for newspapers under 120,000 in circulation.

“What makes this section the winner is the sense of place it engenders — and not just the clichés of Louisiana, but the thoughtfulness and creativity (with stories about a sprouting heirloom mushroom business or Civil War-era cooking) with which it expresses the local food scene,” one judge, who placed The Advocate in first place, wrote.

The News & Observer, of Raleigh, North Carolina, won first place; and the Akron Beacon Journal, of Akron, Ohio, took third.

The awards, started in 1986, recognize excellence in food journalism, including categories for reporting, editing, layout, columns, criticism and photography.