I think that we can all agree that eating and drinking establishments that support our local growers and provide good, clean and fair food to consumers deserve a little praise (okay, so we’d really like to raise them up on a pedestal). That’s why we really look up to Slow Food for their Snail of Approval awards — and right now, the Miami chapter is looking for nominations. Winners will be announced in spring.

slow foodDo you know any restaurants, purveyors (growers/producers) or artisans (bakers, chefs, farmers) in Miami-Dade who should be considered? In order to be considered, restaurants must feature locally sourced ingredients from at least two farms — and must feature locally sourced main ingredients in at least four dishes. Purveyors and artisans can also be considered for their commitment to quality, authenticity and sustainability.

The awards were first given back in 2010 when local farmers submitted all nominations and the first recipient was Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine, who is now the ambassador of the program. Since then, 48 additional restaurants, bars, caterers, artisans and stores have been added including Basil Park, Blackbrick and Macchialina Taverna Rustica  — and nominations are now open to the general public.

Do you have a place that you would to nominate? Learn more about the requirements here.

Send nominations by February 15, 2016 to [email protected].