Snail of Approval

The Slow Food Vermont 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.

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  • Nomination and Application Process

    1. Slow Food members fill out the Slow Food Vermont Snail of Approval Nomination Form.
      • Slow Food Vermont members may nominate restaurants or artisans of products in the State of Vermont that follow the principles of good, clean, and fair food.
      • Restaurants that are owned or managed by Slow Food members may nominate themselves.
      • Only Slow Food Vermont members may nominate restaurants or artisans for the Snail of Approval. Applicants are required to be Slow Food members if self-nominating for the Snail of Approval.
    2. 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.               
    3. Applicants submit their application and fee to the committee.
    4. The Committee evaluates applications. A visit to the restaurant or business takes place to fact check the application.  A recommendation to the Slow Food Vermont’s Board of Directors is made for final approval.
    5. The Board of Directors votes at the following Board meeting. Decisions are made on a quarterly basis. Deadlines for applications are January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31 of each calendar year. Decisions will be announced on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1 of each calendar year.
    6. Applicants receive notice detailing if they met the criteria and the next steps for receiving the Snail of Approval are communicated. Applicants that are not approved are sent a notice detailing why their application was rejected.
    7. Awardees will be contacted by the Slow Food Vermont Marketing Director and will receive the Snail of Approval Public Relations package including decals to display at the physical business as well as access to the Snail of Approval logo for business websites and promotional materials as desired. 
    8. Awardees are listed, along with a description of products and services, on Slow Food Vermont’s Snail of Approval webpage and promoted according to our Public Relations package.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation 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
    • Applicants re-applying after 2 years do not have to pay the $50 fee.
  • Slow Food Vermont invites our members to nominate a restaurant or business that exemplifies the Slow Food values of Good, Clean, and Fair.  The nomination form can be submitted using the form below.  We look forward to hearing from you!

    Fill out our online form.

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