The Snail of Approval is a member-driven process, with a committee made up of volunteers. Nominations can come from anyone who lives in or visits Miami.

The program is a resource to Slow Food members and the public, to inform them of which businesses are maintaining good, clean, and fair standards, to the best of their ability. Slow Food enthusiasts will look to the program as a guide when they visit Miami.

The hope is for the Snail of Approval to be a catalyst for improvement, in that some businesses may increase sustainable practices and the use of local and seasonal products, in the hope to qualify for the award.

Please note that nominations are not only limited to restaurants. Other purveyors (growers/producers) and artisans (bakers, chefs, farmers) are also considered.

In order to guide residents and visitors to food that is good, clean and fair, Slow Food Miami awards the Snail of Approval to producers, co-producers and artisans, in recognition of their contribution to the Quality, Authenticity and Sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in Miami.

Sustainability calls us to pay attention to the consequences of how we produce and distribute food. Sustainability says:

  • we are being good stewards of the environment in which we live
  • we are protecting the biodiversity on which we depend;
  • we are humane to the animals we raise and fair to the people we employ
  • we insist that high quality food be available to all

Authenticity is attributed to food that is true to its source and terroir. The food must come from, and contribute to, ecological and cultural systems that are good, clean and fair. Authenticity means:

  • natural products which are free of additives and which are true to themselves
  • local, seasonal foods that are true to their time and place;
  • heirloom varietals and heritage breeds that are true to their evolutionary history
  • traditional foods which are true to their cultural heritage

Quality is fundamental. Food must not just look good and taste good, it must be good for us. Quality includes:

  • the freshness and wholesomeness of ingredients
  • the care and craft with which they are handled
  • the quality of life of consumers, producers and their neighbors

Please check the following list according to how your establishment is contributing to the Good, Clean, Fair food and drink in Miami.

Recipients can also demonstrate a commitment to the Slow Food principals of Good, Clean, and Fair in a variety of ways. Please, let us know what you are doing in YOUR establishment.

Approval Winners for the Miami Chapter must show a commitment to using local and sustainable ingredients, and to be able to show that they source regularly from at least 2 local sources, with locally sourced “main” ingredients showcased on AT LEAST 4 dishes on the menu