Is Your Craft Service Ready For The Spring Production Season?
Spring is a good time to take stock of your craft service. Is your equipment as clean as it could be? Or, do you provide craft service from a food truck? If so, it may be time to give your mobile kitchen a complete scrub down, an oil change or tune up. How about your craft service menu? Is it time to add new snacks or delete snacks you no longer offer? Is your craft service assistant contact information up to date?
Craft service equipment
Let’s face it, craft service equipment can get pretty grimy because of some of the locations it may be subjected to. Coolers are especially prone to excessive dirt and mud.
To clean your coolers, mix a solution of mild soap and warm water. Then use a sponge with a scrubbing pad to clean the inside and outside of the coolers. If you have access to a garden hose, use it to rinse the soap from the coolers. If not, pour buckets of clean water inside and outside of the coolers. Allow them to air dry with the lid off or open.
You can use a solution of baking soda and water on stubborn stains. Once dry, sprinkle baking soda inside the cooler to eliminate odors. Don’t forget to remove the baking soda before next use.
To clean your coffee makers first remove the basket, heating stem, and cover. Place these items in a sink or bucket of warm, soapy water. Let them soak in the solution for a couple of minutes then clean with sponge and rinse. Dry with a clean dish towel.
To clean the inside of the coffee maker, fill halfway with warm soapy water and clean sides with a sponge. Use the scrubbing side of the sponge to clean the heating element well. Rinse with warm water. Clean the outside with a soapy sponge then dry inside and outside with a clean dish towel.
Clean serving utensils, bowls, and platters in a sink filled with warm soapy water. Allow the items to soak then clean with sponge and rinse.
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Craft service truck
Spend a couple of days cleaning your truck from top to bottom both inside and outside. Use a degreaser and throughly clean all work surfaces, grills and the floor. Clean out the refrigerator and storage cabinets too. Don’t forget to remove dirt and grease from windows.
Find your local truck wash and clean the outside too.
In addition to cleaning your truck, make sure it’s in good running condition. The last thing you want is a breakdown that prevents you from making it to set on time. Check your oil, tires, and brakes. Replace as necessary.
Craft service menu
When was the last time you reviewed the menu you have on your website? Are there any food items listed that you no longer offer? Have you added items that aren’t listed? Use this time to update accordingly as we approach the busy season. You want your web visitors to know what you currently offer.
Craft service assistants
Lastly, make sure you have craft service assistants lined up and ready to go on a moment’s notice. Confirm their contact information and their availability. You don’t want to get caught shorthanded should you land a craft service job that requires more than one person.
Happy and prosperous Spring!
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