Slow Food Miami's "Snail of Approval" Tasting Party Returns on March 14th

Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Party 2019

Slow Food Miami’s “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party, hosted by Kelly Blanco of NBC 6 ,returns for its eighth year on Thursday, March 14, 2019. 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. New this year, Slow Food Miami will be presenting the Lifetime Snail Award to a special member of the Miami culinary community - Chef Allen Susser of The Café at Books and Books - for his longtime commitment to sourcing local and support of the Slow Food movement.

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 2018-2019 “Snail of Approval” honorees and past “Snail of Approval” winners.

Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Food

Current confirmed chefs and food artisan honorees to date:

3030 Ocean

Angry Booch

Babe’s Meat & Counter

BB&T Center

Beat Culture Brewing

Books & Books Coral Gables

Burlock Coast

Chef David Cuisine and Event Planning

Counter Culture Kombucha

Courtney’s Cookies

Dasher & Crank

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel

Exquisito Chocolates

Frice Cream

Gables Delight

Garcia Nevett Chocolatier de Miami

Gravity Brewing

Greenhouse Miami


Hammock Greens

Luke’s Lobster

Miami Smokers

Nightlife Brewing Co.

Per’La Specialty Roasters

PG Tropicals

Radiate Kombucha

Root & Bone

Seasons Farm Fresh

Serendipity Creamery

Stiltsville Fish Bar

Stubborn Seed


The Brick Miami

The Jim & Neesie

Titanic Brewery


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 judges are INDULGE Miami magazine editor-in-chief , Jenny Starr Perez 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.  

Follow @SlowFoodMiami on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for additional 2018-2019 participating honorees and the latest updates.

Slow Food Miami’s “Freshest Night Out”

The Palms Hotel & Spa

3025 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 

Reduced valet is available for $20.

Slow Food Miami