Slow Food Snail of Approval for Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

It must have been the 80 pound Palmetto Creek Farms hog, done in Caja China, with its crispy candy skin and strip after juicy strip of succulent meat…

At Tuesday night’s private dinner to celebrate the induction of the Hua Moa banana-plantain into the Ark of Taste, Slow Food Miami Leader Donna Reno surprised Michael and the MGFD team with the chapter’s first-ever Slow Food Snail of Approval.

Not unlike the Good Housekeeping Seal, it certifies restaurants, bars, food and beverage artisans, and stores and markets as genuine contributors to the quality, authenticity and sustainability Miami’s food supply.  They even call our references to see if we check out, as they should!  It’s a much needed program, especially for interested consumers, to ensure that those establishments taking a big local game back it up in practice.

We are very proud to be the first in South Florida to wear this badge of honor and look forward to welcoming other restaurants into the fold. It’s not easy being green, but that’s kind of the point, right?

View our Flickr set of the prep and meal here, and the menu after the jump.

Welcome Cocktail

Wahine (meaning Polynesian Goddess)
Ron Abuelo 7 Year aged rum, Calvados, toasted almond/allspice/cinnamon simple syrup, fresh orange and lemon juices with cinnamon sugared rim


Local Snapper Ceviche with passion fruit, avocado, cilantro, green onion, crispy hua moa
Duck Breast Crostini on savory hua moa toast with pineapple compote
Hua Moa Soup with coconut milk and fiery peanuts

First Course

Crispy Hua Moa Hash with fried quail egg, aioli & herb salad

Second Course grand buffet

Whole Roasted Palmetto Creek Farms Pig
Spicy pineapple mojo glaze
hua moa tostones
hua moa mofongo
grilled green onion
assorted pickled vegetables
parsley sauce
hua moa chips & salsa
grilled zucchini with garlic sauce
hua moa flatbread

Third Course

Homemade Organic Ricotta with local honeycomb & toasted hua moa bread


Bittersweet Chocolate covered Hua Moa Semi Freddo , toasted Hua Moa
pound cake , Salted Caramel Crema
spiced cashews……

6 thoughts on “Slow Food Snail of Approval for Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink

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  2. Snail of Approval Award, 1st ever. How appropriate for Michael Schwartz
    to receive this esteemed honor. Consider the fact that he was the first and
    continues to be the best @being true to his mission statement regarding
    sustainable product and supporting the folks that produce this.
    Kudo’s too to and their leader, Donna Reno who has
    dedicated her life to advocating this and so much more.

  3. Congrats, Michael et al! Lovely to get such recognition for your efforts.
    I once, many years ago, had a snail award of my own — for winning the Escargot Eating Championship of Dallas, Texas, back in the years when I was an editor with The Dallas Morning News. The competition lasted 15 minutes and there were about 50 competitors. The escargot were served in the shell, plated a dozen at a time, and kept on coming — guess how many I managed to eat — and I’ll tell you my winning secret when next you’re in Cayman.

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