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.
Around six years ago, Miami was blown away by things Chef Michael Schwartz was doing in the kitchen and the fact that he was actually using local products to bring diners some of the most delicious and elegant dishes we had seen in South Florida. With the success of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, more and more restaurants followed suit, and now we have a pretty sizeable selection of farm-to-table restaurants—including some transplants from up north—that are proving that we do, indeed, have exceptional local produce, meat, fish, and dairy in South Florida.
In 2010, Chef Michael Schwartz was the first recipient of Slow Food Miami’s Snail of Approval, and since then he has been spreading the message of Slow Food’s philosophy of supporting food that is good, clean, and fair. While last year’s nominations came from Miami-Dade county farmers, this year’s nominations were quelled from the general public, and the nominees were chosen by Slow Food Miami’s Snail of Approval committee. This year’s Tasting Party, which coincides with “the peak of South Florida’s harvest season” according to Slow Food Miami President Renee Frigo Graeff, will also see the debut of a “People’s Choice Award” for the evening’s best bite, which attendees can vote on
March 15th's Snail of Approval Tasting Party will feature small bites from local favorites like 1500º, The Dutch, Eating House, Edge Steak & Bar, Essensia at the Palms, The Federal, Harry’s Pizzeria, HaVen Gastro-Lounge, Lido at The Standard, LoKal, Ocean Reef Club, Tuyo at MCI, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.
If a lineup such as that weren’t enough, those attending will also get to sample beers from 2013 “Snail of Approval” winners The Abbey and Titanic, as well as specialty wines from Vinecraft, and bespoke garden-to-glass cocktails featuring Grey Goose Vodka.
After the Tasting Party, a VIP After-Party will be hosted by Florida Cookery, and guests will be able to meet pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith of Michael’s Genuine, who has just published a cookbook of her quirky desserts titled “Baking Out Loud”. In addition to Goldsmith, the After-Party will pay tribute to two 2014 Snail of Approval nominees, Kris Wessel of Florida Cookery and Matt Hinckley of Boxpark.
Slow Food Miami’s Snail of Approval Tasting Party
Friday, March 15th, 2013
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
at The James Royal Palm
VIP After-Party from 9:30 PM to midnight.
Tickets are $85 per person
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $165 per person
To purchase tickets, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com
More information can be found at www.slowfoodmiami.com