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Category: Food Smarts

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 […]

‘Drink’ Food Safety? …. Yes, Absolutely! For Real

Many years ago, when I was a restaurant server and bartender, I would be annoyed by customers asking me for lemon in their water. It was a new trend then. If I forgot to add the lemon automatically, I would be rushing back to get slices, sometimes having to get even more when another customer […]

What is Botulism — For Real

We have been writing a lot of HACCP plans lately for food establishments across the country. Most are preparing menu items using sous vide method cooking or vacuum packaging some of their products for food storage purposes. We often get asked why a variance and HACCP plan are necessary. According to the FDA Food Code, […]

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