Slow Food Vermont's Snail of Approval is awarded to those restaurants, bars, food and beverage artisans, stores, and markets that contribute to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of Vermont’s food supply and have been deemed outstanding among peers.
Snail of Approval Awardees
Nomination and Application Process
Download the full Snail of Approval Nomination and Award Guidelines
- Nominate a Vermont restaurant or business for Snail of Approval.
- Slow Food Vermont members are encouraged to educate the nominee about the Snail of Approval program.
- Restaurants/businesses that are owned or managed by Slow Food members may nominate themselves.
- Nomination forms are submitted to the Slow Food Vermont Snail of Approval Committee.
- Nominees are contacted, at which point they may decide to proceed with the application.
- Applicants submit their application and $50 fee to Slow Food Vermont.
- A three-person Snail of Approval Committee evaluates applications and performs a site visit and evaluation of the restaurant or business.
- All Snail of Approval Committee members are Slow Food Vermont members and include at least one Board member and one ‘content expert’ for the type of business under evaluation (i.e. chef, baker, sommelier, etc).
- The committee makes a recommendation to the Slow Food Vermont Board of Directors to approve or deny the application based on the evaluation score. For more on scoring, see the Snail of Approval Nomination and Award Guidelines.
- The Slow Food Vermont Board of Directors votes to approve the Snail of Approval Committee's recommendation.
- Applicants are notified along with next steps for receiving the Snail of Approval. Applicants that are not approved are sent a detailed explanation.
- Awardees receive the Snail of Approval public relations package. This includes a press release, decals and certificate to display, and access to the Snail of Approval logo for business websites and promotional materials.
- Awardees are listed on Slow Food Vermont’s Snail of Approval webpage and encouraged to team up with Slow Food Vermont on an annual special event (fundraising dinner, tasting event, etc).
Monitoring and Renewal Process
Slow Food Vermont monitors the integrity of Snail of Approval restaurants and artisans through ongoing feedback from Slow Food Vermont members.
- Snail of Approval certification is valid for two years; renewal follows the initial process in the form of a renewal questionnaire and follow-up.
- Applicants re-applying after 2 years do not have to pay the $50 fee.
Snail of Approval Nomination Form
Slow Food Vermont invites our members to nominate a restaurant or business that exemplifies the Slow Food values of Good, Clean, and Fair—you may nominate yourself. We look forward to hearing from you!
You must be a Slow Food member in order to submit a nomination. Become a member.
Snail of Approval Application Form
We receive applications on a rolling basis. Please send supporting materials to VermontVT@slowfoodusa.org. For a full overview of the application process and more guidance, download the Snail of Approval Nomination and Award Guidelines.
In order to apply for Snail of Approval, the chef/owner/producer must be a current member of Slow Food. Become a member.
If you receive the Snail of Approval, we look forward to partnering with you on events and encourage you to educate your staff about the award and Slow Food in general. Here's a brief overview that you can share with your team.