Snail of Approval, Slow Food in Sonoma County

Slow Food in Sonoma County awards the Snail of Approval  to local restaurants, farms/ranches and producers who are making a significant contribution to improving the food system.  By celebrating these model providers, Slow Food in Sonoma County highlights the importance of the Slow Food philosophy of good, clean and fair food for all people.  Snail of Approval is an international program which we run locally in partnership with Slow Food USA. Slow Food in Sonoma County is a partnership of two local chapters, Russian River and Sonoma County North.

Good food is fundamental:  food must taste good and be good for us, local and seasonal are priorities.

Clean food is produced in a manner that does not harm the environment, animal welfare, or our health.

Fair food means ensuring accessible prices for consumers, as well as fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers.

Slow Food USA National Snail of Approval Directory & Map

Applications open from January 1 through October 31.

Who Should Apply?

Any food related business that produces and/or offers food for public consumption in Sonoma County and is pursuing and practicing Slow Food values of good, clean and fair food for all.

How do I start?

The first step in the process is to complete the National Eligibility Application.

You will not be able to save your progress as you go.  The application is completely multiple choice and usually takes 30 minutes to complete. You may want to preview it here.

What comes next?

Upon passing the Eligibility Application a on-site review will be scheduled to learn more about your business practices.


Would you like to be involved in our program? We are looking for volunteers to join our team.

Do you have a favorite restaurant that practices the ideals of good, clean and fair food? Send us your nominations or let them know they can apply for a “Snail of Approval”.

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