About the Snail of Approval
The Snail of Approval is Slow Food DC’s way of recognizing the food-related 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. 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: Sarah McKinley
C0-chair: Shelu Patel
Treasurer: Rob Iera
Secretary: Sean O’Brien
Member: Ibti Vincent
Member: Mark Haskell
Member: Vanessa Ferragut
Social media has allowed all of us to promote the causes and establishments we find affinity with. As such, all efforts will be made to periodically promote the Snail of Approval Award Winners throughout the year. We just hope that you “like us” and “follow us” so we may like and follow you back. At any time, let us know if there’s anything in particular you would like us to mention and we will oblige if possible. Find Slow Food DC on the following sites:
We encourage you to let your fans know that you won a Snail on your Facebook page and Twitter feed. We ask that you help us out by including @slowfooddc, include our name in the Facebook post.
We also publish a monthly newsletter through Constant Contact. You can join at the upper right of this page. Currently, we have over 2000 active contacts.
Snail of Approval Awards Party
The Awards Party is held each year at a Snail winner location.
The Slow Food DC (SFDC) chapter is a community that promotes and celebrates local, seasonal, and sustainable food sources; works to preserve the culinary traditions of the region’s ethnically and culturally diverse populations; and supports the right of all people to enjoy good, clean, fair food.
SFDC represents the national capitol area, including Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Members come from a wide variety of professions and backgrounds. We organize dinners, tastings, tours, lectures, and community outreach events providing SFDC members an opportunity to explore the richness of our region’s culinary heritage in addition to the diverse array of food and drink from around the world represented in our foodshed. It is our goal to connect our eaters with the biodiverse and sustainable food producers, as well as increase public awareness of slow eating.
Ark of Taste
The US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious 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, and will help promote them if they do.