Snail of Approval


Do you want to recognize your favorite local Slow businesses, entrepreneurs and farmers for their contributions to the good food movement??  Nominate them for a Snail of Approval!  The Snail honors food businesses that exemplify the principles of Slow Food – Good, Clean and Fair – and contribute to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of food in our community.

Nomination & Selection

Any food business in the Chicagoland area that contributes to the quality, authenticity, and/or sustainability of our food supply is eligible. Establishments can self-nominate or be nominated by members of the community.

Click here to submit a form for review by the Snail of Approval team. The Snail team will visit the nominee and evaluate them according to the guidelines.  Once a quarter, the Slow Food Chicago board will review all nominees and make awards.

What does a Snail recipient get?

  • Listing on the Slow Food Chicago website
  • A Snail of Approval decal to display proudly at their place of business
  • Recognition in the Snail press release to Slow Food media partners

Current Snail holders

Uncommon Ground
Butcher and Larder
Sandwich Me In
Scrumptious Pantry
Fig Catering

Eligible types of businesses include:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Caterers and food service
  • Food trucks
  • Underground suppers
  • Organic and natural farmers
  • Artisans and producers
  • Vineyards and breweries
  • Purveyors and markets
  • Other horticultural businesses

The Snail of Approval designation is good for two years.  To re-apply, just resubmit a nomination form.

Guidelines : Review the guidelines here.