Snail of Approval Guidelines


  • Seasonality: Menu emphasizes use of seasonal, fresh produce.
  • Taste: Menu offers fresh and wholesome ingredients; food is prepared with care and craft.
  • Community: Contributes to the uniqueness and richness of the Chicago community. Involved in advancing the awareness of Slow Food principles in the community through sharing time, talent, knowledge, and/or resources.
  • Artisan: Presents fine food created by their own or the hands of other artisans; traditional foods are true to their cultural heritage.
  • Authenticity: Heirloom varietals and heritage breeds are true to their evolutionary history.


  • Sustainability: Establishment uses natural products free of additives and strives to incorporate local, seasonal foods on the menu. Uses meats, dairy, fish, and shellfish that have been produced responsibly, sustainably, and humanely from reputable providers. Produce is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promotes biodiversity.
  • Low Impact: Produces food using products and processes that minimize waste and impact of food production/distribution (e.g., avoids single-use, nonrecyclable packaging/products; participates in recycling/composting and low-carbon delivery programs).


  • Local Sources: Makes an effort to procure food sources in the City of Chicago, Illinois, or surrounding areas.
  • Awareness: Establishment includes outreach and education for customers on the source of the products used.
  • Fair Business and Labor Practices: Contributes to the quality of life in Chicago and surrounding areas through fair employment practices; purchases ingredients produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.