Slow Food Orange County’s new Snail of Appreciation program honors local restaurateurs, culinary artisans and CSA producers (community supported agriculture) who exemplify the principles of Slow Food and contribute to the quality, authenticity, and sustainability of food in our community. Vitaly, which is located at the The Camp in Costa Mesa is the first restaurant to receive this award. The Snail of Appreciation recognizes efforts of owners Maurizio and Barbara Cocchi of Bologna, Italy to source local organic ingredients for their artisanal creations: Piadina, Casone, Pasto and Gelato based on centuries’ old Italian recipes and traditions. They share this heritage by cooking in full view of the customers and explaining the techniques involved. Vitaly sources seasonal, sustainably produced ingredients and strives to reduce waste. Several Slow Food members gathered last night at Vitaly to present this award and to toast Vitaly! Salute Maurizo and Barbara! Salute Vitaly!
Do you know of a restaurant, artisan or CSA working hard to promote good, clean, fair food for all? Would you like to nominate them to receive a Snail of Appreciation? Fill out an application on the Slow Food Orange County website www.slowfoodoc.org.