More and more, restaurants and chefs in our community are showcasing the local products and farms that they use. Slow Food Miami is dedicated to this effort and can be found across 150 local chapters in the United States. Its mission is to inspire individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all. Those participating in the evening have been given the Snail of Approval, a title bestowed upon those that use local purveyors and farms and strive to incorporate sustainable food in their dishes.
Slow Food builds its values on three main pillars, quality, sustainability and authenticity. Quality encompasses the freshness and wholesomeness of ingredients. Authenticity assures that the food from local growers and producers is true to its source. Finally, sustainability means that we must pay attention and be held accountable to the consequences of how we produce and distribute food.
The Freshest Night Out gives Slow Foodies the opportunity to not only mix and mingle with the chefs, but also the purveyors, producers, artisans and farmers of South Florida. Some of the local farms participating this year include local farms such as Little River Cooperative, Harpke Family Farms, Sunfresh Farms, Swank Farms, Verde Gardens, Paradise Farms, Teena's Pride, Bee Heaven, LNB Groves, and more.
During the night, guests can expect to sample delicious farm to table bites from the freshest restaurants and catering companies, as well as sip on cocktails by local, small batch producers, specialty wines, and Miami's best breweries.
Judging will take place around 9 pm; nominations are based on known restaurants and chefs who currently source local produce and ingredients within the Miami farming community. This year will also include a silent auction. During this time, guests will also have the opportunity to purchase school garden grants at the live auction portion of the event; $625 covers the cost to plant a four-foot-by-eight-foot garden in a school.
This year, Slow Foodies will unite to rate and eat the best bites in South Florida on Friday, March 24th from 7 to 10 p.m., at The Nobu EdenRoc on Miami Beach. We hope to see you there. Tickets go for $85. All proceeds go toward grants and programming for school garden installations and education.