Craft Service Food Safety
Keep Your Food Safe With The Ultimate Food Tent
More often than not, the craft service table is located outside. As a result, you are faced with finding ways to protect the food from the elements: insects, dust, and the hands of unauthorized persons.
Many of us in craft services use food tents to keep our fare safe from the aforementioned elements. However, I’ve found three problems with most food tents. First, they are easily blown off by the wind. Two, you need several of them in varying sizes. Last, they tend to collapse.
So what’s the solution? Entrepreneur Dan Rothweil’s PicnicPal Food Tent. It’s literally a fully enclosed pop-up tent for food! Dan originally debuted his food tent in 2013 as Dura Tent on television’s popular show Shark Tank.
He didn’t get an investor but that didn’t deter him from following his dream. He scrapped the original Dura Tent, improved the product, and re-branded it as PicnicPal.
Lucky for us! The PicnicPal is a great way for us craft service providers to protect foods like dip, sandwiches, and platters. Let’s face it, no one wants to eat food that flies have landed on. I spoke with Dan last year and he sent me information about a fly and food contamination study conducted by the University of Florida where their findings suggest that “fly control must be taken seriously, especially around food.”
PicnicPal can also cut down on the amount of street dust that makes its way onto the craft service table as well as serve as a deterrent to shameless passersby who think “crafty” is for them.
More Craft Service Food Safety Tips
- Wash your hands before and after handling food
- Wash your hands after using the restroom
- Wear plastic food handling gloves
- Keep cold foods COLD, keep hot foods HOT
- Clean up dropped food to deter ants from marching onto your table
- Locate trash cans away from the craft service table
- Empty trash cans when full to prevent flies and bees from hovering
Finally, when in doubt — throw it out!!!
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