Hurry Up and Get Slow: Slow Food Philadelphia’s “Snail Of Approval” Showcase Tonight

When you live in a food city as bountiful as Philadelphia, it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to restaurants that profess to live by the sustainability creed. Tonight, the non-profit Slow Food Philadelphia organization is making it easier for you to identify some that are truly dedicated to the fair food cause by showcasing those it thinks do best by the planet.

From 7-9 p.m. representatives from more than two dozen local food-serving establishments will be at Reading Terminal to showcase their fare (Fare Restaurant and Pure Fare among them), while employees of Tria, Earth Bread + Brewery, Stoudt’s Brewing and Philadelphia Beer Company pour the adult beverages. Cucina at the Market will run live cooking demos, and there’ll be a chance to learn about some local CSAs and markets as well.

Lest you think it tonight will only be about stuffing your face on slow food as quickly as possible, University of the Arts Jazz All Stars will be on hand to make it feel like a party. The Slow Food people promise that this will be the first of many such events, as they admit they’ve only just begun to recognize all of the area’s chefs and owners who make it their mission to tread lightly on the earth. Price is just $30 in advance ($35 at the door, cash only), with proceeds benefitting the Slow Food International Project, “A Thousand Gardens in Africa.”

Snail of Approval [Slow Food Philadelphia]