Slow Food Cincinnati is proud to announce its largest group of Snail of Approval winners to date! The Snail of Approval is awarded to restaurants, bars, food and beverage artisans, and organizations that contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food supply of Greater Cincinnati. This year Slow Food Cincinnati expanded its roster of Snail of Approval recipients to include winners in Restaurant, Farm, Food Artisan, and Non-Profit Organization categories.
Slow Food Cincinnati will celebrate with its Snail of Approval winners at a buffet-style dinner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21 at Wildflower Café, 207 E. Main St. (Rt. 42), Mason, OH 45040. This open-to-the-public event will feature food by Snail of Approval-winning chefs. It costs just $20 per member or $25 per non-member along with a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.slowfoodcincinnati.org/event/soa-dinner/.
The 2015 Snail of Approval recipients include the following:
Permaganic is a non-profit, inner city garden based on the principles of permaculture. They offer educational programming for city kids on a wide range of subjects such as soil conditioning, seed sourcing, planting, tending to, harvesting, cooking, and even business marketing. They offer a “pay what you can” market based at their ECO Youth Market Garden in Over the Rhine. The ECO Youth Market Garden’s mission is to create experiential learning opportunities for inner-city youth to cultivate self-reliance, job skills and an entrepreneurial aptitude through their garden work. www.permaganic.org, 1722 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202, 513-621-GROW
Turner Farm is a non-profit, certified organic, sustainable farming system that works in their community through various community projects Alongside a well-established internship program, they also offer farm camps for kids and community gardens where members are mentored about how to grow vegetables. Many educational classes are also offered through the farm including gardening, floral arrangements, and wild plant identification. Turner’s mission is to promote connections between people of all ages and the land that feeds them, in body, mind and spirit. www.turnerfarm.org, 7400 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243, 513-561-7400
Wildflower Café is a small, family owned business located in Mason, OH. Owner and Chef Todd Hudson is passionately committed to local sourcing and organic food in general. The menu is inventive and the atmosphere intimate. Hudson himself spends much time dedicated to spreading the word on good food with his diners, one table at a time. Chef Hudson does his best to support local producers by purchasing what is offered, and is now growing food for the restaurant on his own plot of land. www.wildflowergourmetcafe.com 207 E Main St, Mason, OH 45040 513-492-7514
Fond: Lunch and Deli is a small, friendly, counter-service restaurant located in north Montgomery. What’s most impressive at Fond is that 90% of their ingredients are sourced locally, including all the meat on the menu and almost all the produce. Chef Ethan Snider relishes taking product from local farms, and creating dishes from there. Using the entire animal is a lost art, but Snider is happy to try. The excellent lunch fare at Fond is balanced and seasonally appropriate both in ingredients and taste, and the shop also offers grab-and-go options from other local food artisans. https://www.facebook.com/fondorganiclunchanddeli, 10764 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45242
Farm Beach Bethel is a market gardening operation run by Sarah and Adam Mancino, who started the farm some 12 years ago as an answer to the question of how to co-exist in nature and provide for their young family. Both Sarah and Adam believe that farming is a vocation that in itself is really a service to their community, so they dedicate almost all their time to their vocation. Sarah is an educator at heart – Farm Beach Bethel’s market booths are not just a place to sell their wares but become a gathering place in which to share knowledge. The passion that Sarah and Adam have for their vocation shines in their beautiful vegetables, excellent milk, and in the farm tours they offer. https://www.facebook.com/FarmBeachBethel, 1938 State Route 133 Bethel, OH, 513-734-6928
The Organic Farm at Bear Creek was founded by Jeff and Sandra Ashba as retirement approached. Together with their son Darrick and his wife, Libby, the Ashbas grow about 6 acres of vegetables on their own land. Most of the vegetables they grow are heirloom varieties. They also have a seed-saving program on-farm, and grow many varieties that Sandra’s family has passed down to her. Each family member pitches in to help with various tasks. The Ashbas are guided by a Native American proverb: “Treat the earth well, it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.” www.organicfarmatbearcreek.com 460 Bear Creek Rd, Felicity, OH 45120 513-720-1526
Maverick Chocolate is an artisan chocolate maker operating both a bean-to-bar manufacturing operation, and a retail storefront on the south side of Findlay Market. The company opened in 2014 after the owners, Paul and Marlene Picton conducted their own extensive research into the world of artisanal chocolate making and recipe testing. Thoroughness resides comfortably within Paul’s skill set; his education and training were in Chemical Engineering, and that means that meticulousness underpins this company’s mode of operation and “do-it-yourself” ethos. Most of Maverick’s value-added product is made up of single-origin chocolate bars. www.maverickchocolate.com, 129 W Elder St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 513-381-0561
Sunflower Sundries is committed to producing exceptional quality mustards, jams, soaps, and non-GMO corn chips. Farm owner Jennifer Gleason began by making soaps in her kitchen in Ludlow, KY, but moved to this farm to raise her family 20+ years ago. Through years of experimentation and experience, she has created a brand based on totally organic ingredients, time-honored methods of soap-making, and growing heirloom varieties of fruits and corn for her products. http://www.sunflowersundries.com, 5021 Dividing Ridge Rd, Mt Olivet, KY 41064, 606-763-6827
My Artisano Foods produces a variety of fresh cheeses, yogurt, and condiments using locally sourced ingredients. Owner and cheesemaker Eduardo Rodriguez began making cheese on a family dairy farm in his native Venezuela. He later became a certified Master Artisan Cheesemaker through studies at the University of Vermont. My Artisano uses natural cultures and vegetarian rennet to produce cow and goat cheeses that reflect traditional cheese styles from around the world. http://myartisanofoods.com, 10965 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241, 513-399-7028