SFEE Awards Snail of Approval to 18 Bay Restaurant on Shelter Island

18 Bay Restaurant

Photo: 18 Bay Husband and Wife Chefs / Owners Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels

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.

Husband and wife owners Adam Kopels and Elizabeth Ronzetti are both chefs. They opened 18 Bay in 2011 after closing their Bayville, NY restaurant in order to be closer to their farmers and purveyors. Elizabeth and Adam have been living the Slow Food philosophy for years and were sponsored by the Slow Food Huntington Chapter as delegates to the Slow Food International Conference in Turin, Italy. The restaurant has received numerous accolades from the press and customers alike.

Elizabeth and Adam are as passionate about how and where their food is grown and raised as they are about selecting the freshest, seasonal ingredients. The four-course, prix fixe menu at 18 Bay changes weekly and is directly inspired by Adam and Elizabeth’s daily visits to local farmers, purveyors, and markets. There is a strong Italian influence throughout the menu with an emphasis on creativity and variety. Each course is crafted to celebrate and accentuate the essential qualities of the ingredients rather than focusing on sauces. The first course consists of a tasting of four separate antipasti; the second, a homemade pasta; the main offers a choice between a fish or meat / poultry, and dessert. Handcrafted cocktails using house-made organic syrups and over sixty wines by the glass are available. 18 Bay gladly accommodates vegans, vegetarians, diners with food allergies and dietary requests without compromise.

18 Bay Restaurant joins The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold; Nick & Toni’s, East Hampton; Noah’s, Greenport; Love Lane Kitchen, Mattituck; and Estia’s Little Kitchen, Sag Harbor as restaurants having earned 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, encompassing the North and South Forks, is part of the global Slow Food network of over 100,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, we link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.

Our mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all.

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