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Category: Food Smarts

Vegan Restaurants: Cooking & Holding Temperatures … For Real

A couple of months ago, as I was teaching a private, on-site Food Manager Certification class at a vegan restaurant, I thought, ‘It’s too bad. These students have to learn much more than they’ll ever need to use in a vegan facility, such as proper cooking temperatures for different animal proteins.’ But then I thought […]

New Year…Out with the Old…How Do You Know? …For Real

Happy 2018 everyone! A lot of you might be already well into (or already failing with!) your New Year’s resolutions. For many, that includes new year cleaning and getting rid of clutter — “out with the old” — from your fridge and cupboards. How do you know what to throw away? Even when purchasing your […]

Holiday Party Food — Is it Safe? …For Real

Happy holidays everyone!!!! I know this is going to happen to lots of you this month…so, here’s the scene. You get invited to your friend or auntie’s holiday open house, on a Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. You show up mid-afternoon, and after visiting with friends or relatives for a few minutes, you head […]

Food Safety Checklist When Catering Off-Site…For Real

Catering an off-site event can be a great moneymaker for a food establishment, whether you are a large firm, a small catering company, or a regular restaurant. Food safety must be just as much of a priority off-site as on-site, which, I believe, presents more challenges. For one thing, workers are out of their “comfort […]

Potable water during hurricane-caused floods

Last month, while watching the news about Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida and the Caribbean, I was amazed and gutted by footage of the floods and the devastation that Mother Nature can inflict. Seeing the floods on telly, it struck me how ironic life can be — so, so, so much […]

Don’t Let Your Dirty Mobile Phone Make People Sick! — For Real

Mobile phones — they are our everything now. They have taken the place of so many items we used to use — our home phones, our computers for email and research, our social media, our news updates, our weather forecasts, our photo albums, our television and movies, our calendars, our alarm clocks, our GPS, our […]

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