Every Spring, Slow Food Miami awards new chefs and producers the honorable “Snail of Approval” for their commitment to serving good, clean, fair food. The award also looks at how restaurants take care of their community, value sustainability, and source locally. The annual fundraiser “Freshest Night Out,” which takes place each April, is an opportunity for Slow Food to showcase and announce these honorees, as well as return honorees and farmers, all in an effort to raise funds and awareness for edible school gardens. All honorees must be nominated, interviewed, and vetted to ensure transparency and absolute honesty in sourcing and commitment to quality.
della test kitchen was one of this year’s new Snail honorees, amongst such talents as Brad Kilgore (Alter), Brian Nasajon (Beaker and Gray), Nicole Votano (Dirt), Todd Kiley (Grown), Pablo Zitzmann (Trust & Co.), Michael Kenney (Plant Food & Wine), Michael Fiorello (BeachCraft), Jessica Weiss (Serendipity), and many others. Returning honorees who participated in this year’s even included such stand-outs as Alex Chang (Vagabond), Tim Andriola (Basil Park), James Bowers and Andre Barrientos (Miami Smokers), Allen Susser (Café at Books and Books), and Jacob Lindsay (Miami Brewing Co.) There were also about 12 farmers and foreagers showcased or attending. Drinks from Grey Goose, Vinecraft, Kelvin Slushies, Per’la coffee, and several local breweries paired with the farm-to-table bites.
This year’s event was held at the beautiful 1 Hotel and Homes, South Beach, on the beautiful evening of April 29th. Celebrity Chef and TV personality, Tom Colicchio, hosted the evening, Evan Benn of Indulge magazine was the night’s articulate ambassador, and Lee Schrager of South Beach Wine and Food Festival showed up as the guest of honor. Adequate funds were raised through the event to pay for 25 new school gardens in the 2016-17 school year, bringing Slow Food Miami’s projected count of edible gardens to over 200.
For more information on Slow Food Miami, see www.SlowFoodMiami.org
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