Snail of Approval

Snail of Approval

Slow Food Indy launched its Snail of Approval program in 2012 to showcase the chefs and restaurants that are committed to good, clean and fair food. In 2015, grocers and artisanal products were added to the program.

Support Snail of Approval businesses with your food dollars, and tell Slow Food Indy about your experiences by mentioning @slowfoodindy and tagging #SnailofApproval.

Check out the current list of Snail of Approval businesses.

What it takes to earn the snail

Snail of Approval businesses complete an application to self-report things like:

  • Seasonal ingredients or menus
  • Local, sustainable product sourcing
  • Green business practices like composting or recycling
  • Humane treatment of people and animals
  • Investment in fair labor practices

Slow Food Indy selects the most qualified applicants and awards the Snail of Approval annually. Recipients re-apply for the award bi-annually to ensure an on-going commitment to good, clean and fair food.

How to apply

The application period is currently openĀ for the 2016-2017 cycle. New applications are now being accepted. The deadline has been extended! Submit your application by Wednesday, August 31. Please click below to download the application you need:


Slow Food Indy – Snail of Approval 2016 application – restaurants-grocers-artisans-brewers


Slow Food Indy – Snail of Approval 2016 application – farms