Slow Food Miami Chef’s Alliance

Slow Food Miami Chef’s Alliance 2016-10-12T16:55:05+00:00
Slow Food Miami Membership

The SFM Chef’s Alliance was created in 2015 to provide information and education for chefs, cooks, caterers, and artisans in Miami, and to offer support and provide community between our culinarians and the people who produce our food. Chef’s Alliance intends to create a collaboration and inspire more communication between chefs and farmers, and to connect the dots within our culinary community to create stronger ties and easier accessibility for food produced in the Slow Food way; Good, Clean, and Fair.  We strive to elevate the dining scene in Miami by offering this support and inspiring dialogue, assisting however we can to bring more locally sourced and sustainably farmed and raised products to the Miami marketplace.

This movement is fairly new to Miami, but for years, conscientious chefs from across the globe have pledged themselves as Slow Food allies. Whether practicing their art in Michelin starred restaurants, food trucks, neighborhood cafes or festival tents, these chefs show their support and commitment through scratch cooking, utilization of locally sourced products, and structuring their businesses in a way that speaks to sustainability and environmental consciousness. We honor the chefs in Miami who are already on this Slow Food track, and we aim to assist those culinarians who are just learning, and who strive to become a Slow Food recognized chef or producer. Chef’s Alliance is here to help- beginners to experts- however we can to elevate the farm-to-table experience here, in South Florida.

We ask chefs to create partnerships with local producers, and to change menus as local seasons change. We ask chefs to draw attention to the producers by including information about them on their menus and in their restaurants, and to educate your staff in order to help spread the mission and concept to your diners. We ask that chefs pay attention to ingredients, and avoid ingredients and products that are harmful to guests or the environment. We ask that chefs take interest in supporting initiatives that help the environment, such as growing food onsite, recycling, composting, and ordering from companies that reduce packaging and waste. We ask that chefs rise above “the norm,” and make a positive impact on their community and environment through their sourcing choices, the activities in which they partake, and the materials they use. Chef’s Alliance is here to help our local chefs to rise above the norm.

Join our newsletter list to stay up to date with current opportunities and events, and to stay in the loop of Slow Food news. If you meet the requirements to be a Snail of Approved chef, (see snailmia.org) email us at chefs@slowfoodmiami.org to apply. Our annual “Snail of Approval” party happens each Spring, but we are always accepting new applications. Slow Food approved chefs have the opportunity to host “Snail Socials,” and to be guest chefs at our Hidden Kitchen fundraisers and school garden plantings. We also host an annual bus tour to the farms, offered to all Miami chefs and related industry. If you have an idea for a seminar, event, or social, please let us know. Join us!

chefs@slowfoodmiami.org