Unveiling their inaugural Snail of Approval program and Awards Party, Slow Foods Miami is honoring an exclusive group of chefs, artisans and purveyors who are being recognized for their commitment to quality, authenticity and sustainability in the food and drink we enjoy in Miami.
The Snail of Approval Awards party will take place on March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden located at 2000 Convention Center Drive. Tickets are $150 per person and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/229228.
The Snail of Approval program is designed to guide Miami locals and visitors to food that is good, clean and fair, all of which are qualities at the root of the Slow Food movement. This group of chefs and purveyors is being honored for sourcing food that is of high quality, local in origin and sustainable to the environment. In this inaugural year of the Snail of Approval program winners were nominated by local farmers. Future nominations will be open to the public.
Michael Schwartz, James Beach Award-winning chef and first Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Winner, will be the evening’s ambassador. Snail of Approval winning chefs and producers will serve tastes of their farm-to-table cuisine and there will be three celebrity judges awarding best Farm-to-Table Bite of the Night. They include: Lee Brian Schrager (Creator of SoBe Wine & Food Festival), Bruce Seidel (CEO You Tube Food Channel and Previously Food Network Executive Producer of Iron Chef America) and Chef Art Smith (Oprah’s personal chef for 10 years, Lady Gaga Family restaurant partner, Bravo Top Chef Masters Finalist) and Victoria Pesce Elliott (Ocean Drive Magazine & Miami Herald).
The evening will also feature Wine Tastings by the Miami Culinary Food & Wine Experience and Seasonal Cocktails by Snail of Approval Farm to Bottle winner, Grey Goose® Vodka.
2012 Snail of Approval honorees include:
* Red Light Little River, Kris Wessel
* 1500°, Paula de Silva
* Sustain restaurant + bar, Alex Piñero
* Green Table, Monica Rios
* Area 31 Restaurant & Bar, Michael Reidt
* Essensia, Julie Frans
* Altamare, Simon Stojanovic
* Lido Restaurant at the Standard Hotel, Mark Zeitouni
* Escopazzo, Giancarla Bodoni
* Sra. Martinez, Michelle Bernstein
* Michy’s, Michelle Bernstein
* Creative Tastes Catering, Frank Randazzo and Andrea Curto-Randazzo
* The River Seafood & Oyster Bar, David Bracha
* Ocean Reef Club, Philippe Paul Reynaud
* Sakaya Kitchen, Richard Hales
* Real Sorbet
* Gaby’s Sorbet
* Grey Goose® Vodka
Slow Food Miami is the local chapter of Slow Food USA and the International Slow Food Association. Slow Food Miami embraces local growers and artisan food makers who use sustainable methods, pay fair wages and respect our environment. The Miami Chapter of Slow Food celebrates our South Florida local tropical fruits and seafood and focuses on promoting healthy childhood eating habits by installing edible gardens in local schools and communities. In Fall 2011, Slow Food Miami built more than 90 gardens in Miami-Dade County. For more information go to www.slowfoodmiami.org.