Snail of Approval Program

Welcome to the Slow Food Springfield (SFS) Snail of Approval website – a directory of restaurants, bars, farmers, food and beverage artisans, and stores and markets that, because of their contributions to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of the food supply of Central Illinois have been awarded the SFS Snail of Approval.

In order to help guide natives and visitors to Central Illinois to food that is good, clean and fair, SFS has initiated the Snail of Approval program. Awards are given to those producers, purveyors and artisans who contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food we eat and beverages we drink in Central Illinois.

Quality is fundamental – food must taste good and be good for us. Quality includes; the freshness and wholesomeness of ingredients; the care and craft with which they are handled; and  the quality of life of consumers, producers and their neighbors. The Snail of Approval program sets a standard of quality based on food that is good, clean and fair.

Authenticity means that the food is true to its source. Natural products free of additives are true to themselves; local, seasonal foods are true to their time and place; heirloom varietals and heritage breeds are true to their evolutionary history; traditional foods are true to their cultural heritage. Authentic foods come from, and contribute to, their ecological and cultural systems that are good, clean and fair.

Sustainability means that we must pay attention to the consequences of how we produce and distribute food. We must be good land stewards of the environment in which we live;  we must protect the biodiversity on which we depend; we must be humane to the animals we raise, we must be fair to the people we employ, and we must insist that high quality food be available to all. Sustainability means reducing all the negative consequences of making food – it means using processes that are good, clean and fair.

Anyone may nominate any food or beverage provider that serves Central Illinois and that contributes to the Quality and/or Authenticity and/or Sustainability of our food supply, by filling out and submitting the Slow Food Springfield Snail of Approval nomination form to the Snail of Approval Committee (potential recipients may not nominate themselves). The coordinator will vet the nominees and forward appropriate nominations to the Snail of Approval Committee. The Committee will then select the recipients and they will be approved by the Slow Food Springfield Board. Recipients will receive a Snail of Approval decal to be displayed, and will be listed on the Snail of Approval page of the Slow Food Springfield website.

Thank you for your interest in nominating a candidate for the Snail of Approval. Please fill out and send in the following entry form by the deadline of October 31st. The Slow Food Springfield Snail of Approval  Committee will review each submission, and then select one winner for each of the following categories: farmer, value-added producer, purveyor, restaurant, and educator.

Slow Food Springfield will keep you posted about the date we plan to publicize the winners and award each for their important role in the slow food mission.