About the Snail of Approval
The Snail of Approval recognizes food-related providers making significant contributions to transform our food system to one that is good, clean and fair. Slow Food DC awards the Snail of Approval to eateries and artisans contributing to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the National Capital area.
Nominations are reviewed according to following criteria:
- 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;
- the degree to which the establishment is working to preserve the culinary traditions of the region’s ethnically and culturally diverse populations;
- and how the establishment is supporting the right of all people to enjoy good, clean, fair food.
Up to 20 businesses/ producers/ establishments that can receive the Snail of Approval each year.
Download our Snail of Approval Media Kit for more information about the program, Slow Food DC, and a list of winners.
Co-chair: Shelu Patel
Co-chair: Rob Iera
Treasurer: Rob Iera
Secretary: Vanessa Ferragut
Member: Ibti Vincent
Member: Sarah McKinley
Member: Mark Haskell
Member: Valerie Bilgri
Member: Samantha Reid
Efforts will be made to periodically promote the Snail of Approval Award Winners throughout the year. If you are a Snail of Approval recipient, please let your followers know! We also encourage you to follow us on social media, and we’ll do the same for your establishment.
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We publish a monthly newsletter through Constant Contact.
Snail of Approval Awards Party
The Awards Party is held each year at a Snail winner location.
The Slow Food DC chapter is a community promoting and celebrating local, seasonal, and sustainable food sources. We also works to preserve the culinary traditions of the region’s ethnically and culturally diverse populations, and support the right of all people to enjoy good, clean, fair food.
SFDC represents the National Capital Region, including the District of Colombia, Virginia, and Maryland. Members come from a wide variety of professions and backgrounds. We organize dinners, tastings, tours, lectures, and community outreach events that allow Slow Food members to explore the richness of our region’s culinary heritage. It is our goal to connect eaters with biodiverse and sustainable food producers, as well as increase public awareness about slow eating.
Ark of Taste
The Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products, we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates. We encourage all our Snail winners to showcase Ark of Taste products whenever possible.