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Slow Foods Miami Snail of Approval Awards: Huahua's, Edge Steak & Bar Have Best Bites

Frederick Kaufmann, Julie Frans, Louis Aguirre, Todd Erickson, and Aleric Constantin celebrate the slow food movement.
Frederick Kaufmann, Julie Frans, Louis Aguirre, Todd Erickson, and Aleric Constantin celebrate the slow food movement.
All photos by Laine Doss

It was a beautiful, balmy evening at the Raleigh Hotel, as hundreds of fans of slow food and renowned chefs gathered poolside for Slow Food Miami's 2014 Snail of Approval Awards party.

Nineteen of South Florida's best restaurants and shops, each committed to providing food from the most local sources possible worked overtime to present amazing dishes to the locavores who gathered at their tables for a bite and the opportunity to vote for their most delicious dish.

See also: Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Tasting Party: Clean Bites on the Beach

Although it was difficult to choose, the votes were finally tallied with the judges and the "people" split. Event ambassador, chef Michael Schwartz (who, by the way, was awarded the first ever Snail of Approval) and guest host WSVN's Louis Aguirre announced the winners.

Chef Aaron Brooks clearly happy about his dish's win.
Chef Aaron Brooks clearly happy about his dish's win.

The People's Choice award went to Edge Steak & Bar and chef Aaron Brooks for the Key West shrimp, sauteed with pickled ramps, baby tomatoes, eggplant, and black olive crumbs.

Huahua's elote.
Huahua's elote.

The chefs' bite of the night award went to Todd Erickson and Huahua's Taqueria for the elote, freshly grilled corn topped with spicy mayo, cotija cheese, and cilantro.

Slow Foods Miami Snail of Approval Awards: Huahua's, Edge Steak & Bar Have Best Bites

Chef Michael Schwartz enticed event goers with bites from his restaurants, as well as his Michael's Genuine Home Brew.

 

Slow Foods Miami Snail of Approval Awards: Huahua's, Edge Steak & Bar Have Best Bites

The Cypress Room's royal red shrimp with coconut, lime, and puffed rice looked almost too good to eat.

Slow Foods Miami Snail of Approval Awards: Huahua's, Edge Steak & Bar Have Best Bites

3030 Ocean's Paula DaSilva presented a charred octopus with chickpea puree and goat cheese feta.

Slow Foods Miami Snail of Approval Awards: Huahua's, Edge Steak & Bar Have Best Bites

LoKal's Matthew and Priscilla Kuscher make a mean chili with Florida-raised beef.

Slow Foods Miami Snail of Approval Awards: Huahua's, Edge Steak & Bar Have Best Bites

Sakaya Kitchen's Richard Hales served a Florida pink shrimp and Swank Farms kohlrabi "hot pocket" that was big on flavor.

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Raleigh Hotel

1775 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-534-6300

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