Snail of Approval- Freshest Night Out


Celebratory Evening Hosted by Tom Colicchio Raises Funds for 25 Edible Gardens

Fernando Cruz and Team, of The 1 Hotel and Homes

Fernando Cruz and Team, of The 1 Hotel and Homes

Host, Tom Colicchio, talking with guests.

Host, Tom Colicchio, talking with guests.

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Chef Chris Wagner, Johnson and Wales, North Miami Campus


Shannon, of “Grown” in Coral Gables

Gorgeous Spread at the Harpke Family Farms Station

Gorgeous Spread at the Harpke Family Farms Station

Nicole Votano, and The Team from "Dirt"

Nicole Votano, and The Team from “Dirt”

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (May 9, 2016) — Over 300 ravenous foodies joined an elite group of South Florida’s top chefs for the 5th Annual Slow Food Miami “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party. Hosted by world-renowned chef, restaurateur and TV personality Tom Colicchio, Ambassador for the Evening/Indulge Miami editor Evan Benn and a guest appearance by Lee Schrager, founder of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the party was held on the terrace of 1 Hotel South Beach. The event featured farm-to-table bites from Snail of Approval winners/chefs, compelling cocktails by GREY GOOSE Vodka, specialty wines provided by Vinecraft and craft beer from Miami Brewing Co. and Titanic Brewery, amongst other local breweries.


The event raised money for Slow Food Miami, the local 100% volunteer non-profit dedicated to “planting a fresher future for our children”, translating to funds for 25 new edible gardens throughout the community.


At the al fresco soirée overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Miami’s environmentally conscious chefs lent their talents to raise funds and were in turn celebrated for their “Snail of Approval” recognition, made possible by their contribution to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food supply of Miami. The celebratory evening honored 2015 – 2016 Snail of Approval winners: Alter; Apeiro Kitchen & Bar; Beachcraft; Beaker & Gray; Cacao Art Chocolates; Della Test Kitchen; Dirt; Essensia Restaurant + Lounge; Grown, Johnson & Wales North Miami Campus, Kelvin Slush Company; Per’La Specialty Roasters; Pinch Kitchen; Plant Food + Wine; Redlander; Serendipity Creamery; 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach; The Salty Donut; Trust & Co.; and Vesta Foods.


This year, guests awarded Chef Brad Kilgore of Alter the evening’s “People’s Choice” Award for his Rabbit Confit with smoked oyster sabayon and crisped purple carrots. The evening also featured a “Judges’ Choice” Award presented by Schrager, awarded to Dean Richardson of Mr. Green Dean for his Sorrel Soup and sorrel pesto on baguette.


A returning lineup of past Snail of Approval winners included: Basil Park; Blackbrick; Books & Books; GREY GOOSE; jugofresh; The Lido Bayside Grill; Lulo House; Miami Brewing Co.; Miami Smokers; Swank Specialty Produce; Titanic  Brewing and Vagabond. Featured farmers and foragers included: Paradise Farms; Bee Heaven; Teena’s Pride and Nana’s Green CSA; Little River Cooperative; Verde Community Garden; Harpke Family Farm; Swank Specialty Produce; French Farms; Ready to Grow Gardens; Local Roots; LNB Groves; Mr. Green Dean; Seasons Farm Fresh; and Once Upon a Carrot.   


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About Slow Food Miami

Slow Food Miami is a local 100% volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to “planting a fresher future for our children.” It’s the local chapter of Slow Food USA, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting good, clean and fair food for all that supports our local communities from the ground up – from the Edible School & Community Gardens that encourage the enjoyment of local, seasonal and sustainably grown food, to the local growers and artisan food makers who use sustainable methods.Slow Food Miami supports its Edible School & Community Garden Program through culinary educational events and fundraising, and aims to raise awareness for good, clean and fair food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community. For more information, visit



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