Field Notes

Slow Food Sonoma County: Snail of Approval

Slow Food in Sonoma County awards the Snail of Approval to local restaurants, producers, and artisans making a significant contribution to improving the food system.

In early November 2017, SHED was named one of the first awardees of the Snail of Approval, along with Backyard, Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria, Estero Cafe, The Naked Pig Cafe, Zazu Kitchen + Farm and Black Piglet.

All awardees hosted a panel of evaluators in early 2017 for a site visit and in-depth interview. Areas of evaluation include local and seasonal ingredient sourcing, investment in fair labor practices, humane treatment of people and animals, and recycling and composting programs.

SHED co-owners Doug Lipton and Cindy Daniel were two of the early members of Slow Food Sonoma County North over twenty years ago, and credit the good, clean, and fair philosophy for shaping many of our practices and programs at SHED.

From our focus on green energy to sustainable farming to ethical business practices, there are countless ways in which we embrace the tenets of Slow Food, a global movement dedicated to defending regional food traditions, gastronomic pleasure, and an overall slow pace of life, founded in Italy in the 1980s.

Committed to honoring the Snail of Approval, our dedication to local and seasonal sourcing, exploring and celebrating culinary traditions, and promoting and protecting agricultural diversity is as strong as ever.

We hope to continue provide a place of conviviality where people can take pleasure in cooking, eating, and sharing meals with other.