Slow Foods Miami Snail of Approval Awards: Huahua's, Edge Steak & Bar Have Best Bites
It was a beautiful, balmy evening at the Raleigh Hotel, as hundreds of fans of slow food and renowned chefs gathered poolside for Slow Food Miami's 2014 Snail of Approval Awards party.
All photos by Laine Doss Frederick Kaufmann, Julie Frans, Louis Aguirre, Todd Erickson, and Aleric Constantin celebrate the slow food movement.
Nineteen of South Florida's best restaurants and shops, each committed to providing food from the most local sources possible worked overtime to present amazing dishes to the locavores who gathered at their tables for a bite and the opportunity to vote for their most delicious dish.
Although it was difficult to choose, the votes were finally tallied with the judges and the "people" split. Event ambassador, chef Michael Schwartz (who, by the way, was awarded the first ever Snail of Approval) and guest host WSVN's Louis Aguirre announced the winners.
The People's Choice award went to Edge Steak & Bar and chef Aaron Brooks for the Key West shrimp, sauteed with pickled ramps, baby tomatoes, eggplant, and black olive crumbs.
Chef Aaron Brooks clearly happy about his dish's win.
The chefs' bite of the night award went to Todd Erickson and Huahua's Taqueria for the elote, freshly grilled corn topped with spicy mayo, cotija cheese, and cilantro.
Chef Michael Schwartz enticed event goers with bites from his restaurants, as well as his Michael's Genuine Home Brew.