Cooking for Crowds

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It’s the time of year that local clubs, organizations and church groups are getting back together for the year. Many of these groups

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Cooking for Crowds

will be planning food functions. These could be fundraising dinners, bake sales or potluck lunches for members. Food events do present food safety risks. There have been multiple outbreaks and hundreds of illnesses linked to community-based meal events in the past decade.

Organizations have much to gain from a successful food function however they have a lot to lose if someone becomes sick as a result of this event. In addition to making someone ill, a foodborne illness could ruin the organization’s financial stability and reputation. Does your organization know the food safety risks that result from cooking large volumes of food?

N.C. Cooperative Extension in Brunswick County is offering a special food safety workshop for volunteer groups. It’s called Cooking for Crowds and teaches how to safely conduct a food event.

Cooking for Crowds is designed to benefit the volunteers who work at these one-time or short-term quantity food situations. While many of the volunteers at these events may be well qualified as a home cook, planning, preparing foods for large groups safely requires a different skill and knowledge set.

Cooking for Crowds is a four-hour workshop that will be offered on Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center Building N at the Government Complex in Bolivia. Instructors will be N.C. Cooperative Extension Service faculty and staff and Environmental Health Specialists from the Brunswick County Health Department.

The registration fee is $10 and each person will receive educational material, a digital thermometer, and a light lunch. This program is being partially funded by the Mary Russ Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Endowment at NC State University.

For more information or to register, contact N.C. Cooperative Extension of Brunswick County at 910-253-2610. Mail checks to P.O. Box 109, Bolivia, NC 28422 (Sorry, we cannot take credit cards.) Seats are limited to the first 40 people registered. Registration deadline is Thursday, January 17, 2019.

If a barbecue sale, fish fry, or other big food event is in your organization’s future, don’t take chances. Please spread the word and let people know about this workshop that can help keep your customers, friends, and church families safe.