Most serious foodies have most likely heard about the Slow Food Movement...if not already members in good standing. The movement, which started in Italy, came about as a response to the ubiquitous fast food culture of our era and the threat it continues to pose towards good food, good health, and eating well. Slow Food continues to be one of the most prominent organizations in supporting good, natural food that is environmentally and socially responsible with chapters throughout the world, including one in Miami. On Friday, March 15th, South Florida locals can take part in Slow Food Miami’s 2nd Annual Snail of Approval Tasting Party, which will be hosted by Chef Norman Van Aken and Deco Drive’s Louis Aguirre and honors chefs, restaurants, mixologists, and others in the food industry who consistently support local, seasonal, organic, and fair agriculture in the food and drinks that they serve.
Things seem to be going well for Miami’s own, Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli. After having beaten his opponents on an episode of Food Network’s Chopped, he introduced Miami to the concept of the pop up restaurant, which quickly garnered him accolades from the foodie world for his innovative approach to cuisine. His youthful playfulness has brought us such dishes as heirloom tomatoes with nuoc cham, crushed peanuts and liquid nitrogen-frozen coconut milk that, while simple, show a complexity and balance of flavors and textures. And now that his pop up restaurant, Eating House, has become a permanent fixture, Chef Rapicavoli is in the running for being chosen Hottest Chef of 2013 by www.eater.com.