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Slow Food Miami's Annual "Snail of Approval" Tasting Party Returns


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 trend-setting farm-to-table concept Essensia Restaurant & Lounge. This year’s unforgettable evening under the stars is possible thanks to partnerships with The Palms Hotel & Spa, Whole Foods, JetSet Sounds, Just Ask Boo, The Scout Guide Miami, and Brustman Carrino Public Relations. 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 food scene. 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 includes a garden box for a school and free entry to Freshest Night Out with early bird admission at 6:30PM. Ranked among the best resort hotels in Florida, The Palms Hotel & Spa balance of laid-back sophistication and focus on green practices provides the perfect location to host Slow Food Miami’s 7th Annual “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party. 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: Honorees: 3030 Ocean American Harvest Artichoke Foods Barton G. The Restaurant Beaker & Gray BeCultured Tempeh Miami Books & Books Cacao Art Chocolates Chef David Catering Della Bowls Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel Exquisito Chocolates Glass and Vine Grown Miami Smokers No Name Chinese Pamela Wasabi Serendipity Creamery Shelbourne South Beach Soul Tavern Stiltsville Fish Bar The Brick The Strand at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort Angry Booch Counter Culture Kombucha Jojo Tea Kelvin Slush M.I.A. Beer Company Per’La Speciality Roasters Radiate Kombucha St. Augustine Distillery Titanic Brewery Little River Cooperative PG Tropicals Seasons Farm Fresh The event also features two awards, the coveted “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. In its inaugural year (2010), nominations were solicited among Miami-Dade county farmers. Now nominations come from the general public and all nominations are vetted by the Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Committee. Find the “Snail of Approval” list on the Slow Food Miami website, as well as on the mobile app, The Slow Food Planet. The Palms Hotel & Spa is located at 3025 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Reduced valet is available for $20.