Slow Food Miami’s “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party will return for a seventh successful year on Friday, March 16. Regarded as Miami’s Freshest Night Out, the annual celebration will be held from 7PM to 10PM at The Palms Hotel & Spa, home to farm-to-table concept Essensia Restaurant & Lounge. The tasting party will unite dozens of the city’s top chefs, and local growers and producers for a night of tasting and honoring Miami’s fast-growing healthy food scene.
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.
General admission tickets are $98 per person in advance; $128 per person at the door. Tickets can be purchased here with all event proceeds benefiting Slow Food Miami’s Edible Garden Program. VIP Garden Sponsor tickets are $750 and include a garden box for a school and free entry to Freshest Night Out with early bird admission at 6:30 PM.
Guests will indulge in tastes from Miami’s farm-to-table best, including a mix of current 2017-2018 “Snail of Approval” honorees and past “Snail of Approval” winners. Current confirmed chefs and food artisans to date:
Barton G. The Restaurant
Beaker & Gray
BeCultured Tempeh Miami
Books & Books
Cacao Art Chocolates
Chef David Catering
Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel
Glass and Vine
No Name Chinese
Shelbourne South Beach
Stiltsville Fish Bar
The Strand at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Counter Culture Kombucha
M.I.A. Beer Company
Per’La Speciality Roasters
Seasons Farm Fresh
St. Augustine Distillery
Little River Cooperative
The event also features two awards, the “People’s Choice” Award and the judge’s “Best Bite of the Night” Award. The evening’s celebrity host is INDULGE Miami magazine editor-in-chief Evan Benn, who will be joined by food writer Victoria P. Elliot and Eater Miami editor Olee Fowler; the trio will judge the "Best Bite of the Night” Award. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase school garden grants during the event.
The Slow Food Miami "Snail of Approval" points South Floridians and visitors to food that is good, clean and fair by identifying and honoring producers, purveyors and artisans who contribute to food and beverage quality, authenticity and sustainability.
Find the “Snail of Approval” list on the Slow Food Miami website, as well as on the mobile app, The Slow Food Planet. Reduced valet is available for $20.
Follow #SnailMIA and #SFMFreshestNightOut on Twitter and Facebook for additional 2016-2017 participating honorees and the latest updates.
The Palms Hotel & Spa
3025 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL