Slow Food Awards Snail of Approval to Estia’s Little Kitchen

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Colin Ambrose, in the garden he helped create behind Estia's Little Kitchen, photographed on Monday, 7/25/11
Slow Food East End Vice Chair, Pierre Friedrichs, Snail of Approval Chair Robin Tyson-Stoehr, Estia’s Little Kitchen chef and owner Colin Ambrose, and Slow Food East End Chair Anne Howard.
Slow Food East End Vice Chair, Pierre Friedrichs, Snail of Approval Chair Robin Tyson-Stoehr, Estia’s Little Kitchen chef and owner Colin Ambrose, and Slow Food East End Chair Anne Howard.

Slow Food East End announced last week that Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor has been awarded the chapter’s prestigious Snail of Approval.

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. The Snail of Approval program supports this mission.

For over 25 years Estia’s has been a fixture on the South Fork and an early adopter of the farm-to-table philosophy. Chef Colin Ambrose, who owns the business, is committed to sourcing the freshest, seasonal ingredients. His connection to farmers and local producers has spanned 22 years as a member of Quail Hill Farm and the steward of his own kitchen garden – a practice he has followed since his early days in Amagansett.

Mr. Ambrose lives Slow Foods’s philosophy and practice of good, clean, and fair food by offering quality dining at affordable prices and his involvement with the local community. He is a staunch supporter of school gardens, opening his restaurant to fundraisers such as Eileen’s Angels, and participating in The Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation and Slow Food East End’s fundraiser for Edible School Gardens the past six years.

Estia’s Little Kitchen joins The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold; Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton; Noah’s in Greenport; 18 Bay Restaurant on Shelter Island; and Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck as restaurants having earned the Snail of Approval.

For more information about the Snail of Approval, please visit slowfoodeastend.org.

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