Slow Food Awards Snail of Approval to Bell & Anchor, Almond and Art of Eating

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Jack O’Donnell, Head Server; Nicholas Maracz, General Manager; Laura Luciano, SFEE Leader; Rive Weiner; Jeremy Blutstein, Chef de Cuisine; Jason Weiner, Owner; Anne Howard, SFEE Chair; Steve Roux, Head Bartender.

Slow Food East End has recently awarded the chapter’s prestigious “Snail of Approval” to three restaurants and caterers. Bell & Anchor, Almond Restaurant and Art of Eating have received this distinction.

The Snail of Approval recognizes businesses that incorporate the Slow Food ideals of good, clean and fair food into all aspects of their food operation. When customers choose a restaurant that has been awarded the Snail of Approval, they know they are consuming quality food that is mostly local, sustainably raised and grown and delicious.

The mission of the East End Chapter of Slow Food is to spread the word about the health, economic and environmental advantages of eating locally and seasonally, and this program supports that mission.

Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor was open two months in July 2012, when it received a “Don’t Miss” rating from The New York Times. The seafood-centric menu takes inspiration from the rich history of maritime Sag Harbor. Bell & Anchor is an integral part of the local food community with strong connections to their supplier network, including local wineries and artisanal breweries, according to a release issued by Slow Food East End last week.

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton has been a fixture on the East End since Jason Weiner and Eric Lemonides opened its doors in 2001. Mr. Weiner’s commitment to locally sourced, artisanal-crafted cuisine garnered a loyal following for the restaurant. Almond features the names of its suppliers in red on their menu as a way to educate and connect their customers with their farmers, fishermen, vineyards and other artisanal purveyors.

Art of Eating in Bridgehampton is a full-service off-premise catering and event planning company that focuses on local, organic seasonal fare, weddings, parties, events and intimate gatherings on the East End and beyond.

John Kowalenko and Cheryl Stair, the husband and wife team behind the Art of Eating, host wedding celebrations for 200, as well a intimate dinners for 10. They have made a commitment to local farmers, foragers and fishermen that is clear in every dish on the company’s diverse menu. The pair supports local non-profits and serves on the boards of Slow Food East End and the East Hampton Food Pantry.

Bell & Anchor and Almond join 18 Bay, Estia’s Little Kitchen, Love Lane Kitchen, the North Fork Table & Inn, Nick & Toni’s and Noah’s as restaurants having earned the Snail of Approval. Art of Eating is the first caterer/event planner on the East End to receive the Snail of Approval.

Slow Food is a non-profit, member-supported organization that advocates for healthy food produced with minimal damage to the environment. The East End Chapter on the North and South Fork is part of the global Slow Food network of over 100,000 members in more than 150 countries.

For more information about the Snail of Approval, please visit slowfoodeastend.org or email slowfoodeastend@gmail.com.

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