New CDPH Rules Published – Training Seminars Announced

The Chicago Board of Health ratified the new Rules and Regulations for Food Protection last week. You can see the announcement, along with links to more information and dates for training seminars HERE. There are significant changes in records that must be maintained– and I anticipate some confusion for the first 6-12 months as the […]

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Chicago Health Dept Rewrites the Book

Our Food Protection Division of Chicago Dept of Public Health has been busy for the past two years re-writing all ordinances and rules regarding food businesses in Chicago.  The reason? FDA periodically introduces new code, and States and Cities across the country adopt the latest and greatest in food safety. This overhaul happens in two […]

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New State Training Requirement – Allergen Awareness

Effective January 1, 2018, all food establishments must have at least one Manager on duty at all times that has undergone Allergen Awareness training.  Click here to see the law passed by Illinois General Assembly. This training is completed online in about an hour, and renewed every three years.   You can take it HERE, now […]

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Entrepreneurship & Small Business Conference

I’m honored to have been invited to speak at this year’s conference of the Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association.  This organization provides support to would-be entrepreneurs and small businesses across Illinois.  Since many of the businesses that come seeking guidance are food-related, I’ve been asked to explain food regulations (I know, so thrilling!…but […]

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Bee Forum! Garfield Park Sunday, 3/24/17

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is hosting it’s annual Bee Forum on Sunday, March 26 from 10am-4pm. This year’s theme is “The art of beekeeping, the science of bees”. We have 3 speakers who will provide more details about the theme with their presentations and panel discussion; Dr. Meghan Milbrath – coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator […]

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Health Dept Public Meeting Thurs, Jan 19th, 11am

Four times each year, the Chicago Dept of Public Health has a working group meeting with the food industry.  All are welcome to attend– concerns specific to food safety and operating a food business in Chicago are discussed with Gerrin Butler, Director of Food Protection and Virginia Casteneda, Chief Sanitarian.  The Commissioner, Dr Julie Morita, […]

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Winter Foodie Reading

It’s that time again– where curling up inside my warm house with a good book gets high on my list.  Here’s a reading list of some of my favorite food books, and others I hope to tackle this winter:   The Seasons on Henry’s Farm, by Terra Brockman.  I love this book for so many […]

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Our new Website is here!

Thanks to the fabulous gentlemen at House of Pretty, the new debuted this past week. This long overdue overhaul gives food professionals more resources at their fingertips– and phones!  Our old site was not mobile-friendly, but this one is.  Here are some of the other new benefits: Resources : quick links to food industry regulations, as […]

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Why can’t a gun be like a car?

ALERT: this is way off topic for my little blog about my little food business in Chicago.  But I have to get this out of my head.

Politically, I’m a solutionist.  I know lots of our problems are very complicated, but guns don’t seem like a complicated problem to me.  And I keep thinking, I can’t be smarter than anyone else…

What if a gun were like a car?

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Food Biz: new Food Handler Law starts July 1st

 This law went into effect for restaurants two years ago; now it rolls out for all other food businesses.  So this applies to any commissary, production facility, grocery, gourmet food shop–or any other non-restaurant.  

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