Snail of Approval

The Slow Food DC Snail of Approvals aim to:

  • Recognize and celebrate eateries and artisans who contribute good, clean, fair food to our community.
  • Spread awareness of the Slow Food philosophy and the establishments that support it.

The Snail of Approval is Slow Food DC’s way of recognizing providers that are making significant contributions to the transformation of our food system to one that is good, clean, and fair. In order to help guide DC patrons and visitors to food that is good, clean, and fair, Slow Food DC will award the Snail of Approval to those artisans and eateries who contribute to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the City of Washington, DC and surrounding areas.

Nominations are examined by: the degree to which the establishment’s activities are congruent with the Slow Food DC mission in promoting and celebrating local, seasonal, and sustainable food sources; how much it is working to preserve the culinary traditions of the region’s ethnically and culturally diverse populations; and how it is supporting the right of all people to enjoy good, clean, fair food.  After our inaugural year of nominations in 2011, new Snail of Approval awards will be given out to up to 20 businesses, producers/ establishments.

The full criteria for the nomination process can be seen here.

The nomination form is here. The deadline for 2014 nominations is December 1, 2014.