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Slow Food Miami’s “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party

Slow Food Miami Announces 2012 Snail of Approval Winners and Awards PartyFriday, March 23, 7pm – Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach

Slow Food Miami unveiled their inaugural Snail of Approval program and Awards Party honoring an exclusive group of chefs, artisans and purveyors who are being recognized for their commitment to quality, authenticity and sustainability in the food and drink we enjoy in Miami. The Snail of Approval program is designed to guide Miami locals and visitors to food that is good, clean and fair, all of which are qualities at the root of the Slow Food movement. This group of chefs and purveyors is being honored for sourcing food that is of high quality, local in origin and sustainable to the environment. Michael Schwartz, James Beach Award-winning chef and first Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Winner, was the evening’s ambassador. Snail of Approval winning chefs and producers served tastes of their farm-to-table cuisine and three celebrity judges were awarding best Farm-to-Table Bite of the Night. They include: Lee Brian Schrager (Creator of SoBe Wine & Food Festival), Bruce Seidel (CEO You Tube Food Channel and Previously Food Network Executive Producer of Iron Chef America) and Chef Art Smith (Oprah’s personal chef for 10 years, Lady Gaga Family restaurant partner, Bravo Top Chef Masters Finalist) and Victoria Pesce Elliott (Ocean Drive Magazine & Miami Herald). This year the best Farm-to-Table Bite of the Night was: Palmetto Creek Farms Pork Taco with Swank Farms Cabbage Slaw by Chef Paula DaSilva of 1500*. The evening also featured Wine Tastings by the Miami Culinary Food & Wine Experience and Seasonal Cocktails by Snail of Approval Farm to Bottle winner, and Grey Goose Vodka.
Pictures by: Chris Corbin