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August 17, 2005

Sexy Food Safety Classes • Get Greasy at Elmers


Sexy Food Safety Classes

I don't know about you, but I prefer salmon over salmonella and eggs over E. coli. Thanks to the food safety classes offered by Central District Health Department (CDHD) to all local restaurateurs and their staff, as a local consumer, I'll relax a bit more with every heft of my fork. Assuming, of course, that restaurants take CDHD up on their offer though the information presented may seem redundant to any longtime industry culinarian. Whether or not Americans are eating out more than usual, the need for properly trained restaurant staff will always be valid, as CDHD purports.

Classes will be offered in a series of three sessions, varying in levels of expertise, two of which offer certification in food safety. The entry level, Basic Food Safety for Food Service Employees, is offered every Monday (except holidays) from 9 to 11 a.m. at CDHD, 707 N. Armstrong Pl., Boise. The cost of the course is $15 per person. A four-hour Idaho Food Safety and Sanitation Course will be offered once a month starting August 22 and provides attendees with an Idaho certification in food safety under the state's Food Protection Program. The cost of this course is $30.

CDHD also provides the opportunity to partake in the National Restaurant Association's ServSafeCertification Course, an 8-hour class that provides key restaurant staff with national manager-level certification in food safety. The cost is $85 per student, which includes lunch and all classroom materials. ServSafeis the industry standard for food safety training and CDHD must have at least 10 students to offer the course, so if your company is dead set on it, sign 'em all up now. Call Beth Norberg at 327-8526 to find out when the next ServSafecourse is being offered, and to pre-register for the other two courses. For more information, visit the CDHD Web site at or call 375-5211. I don't know if CDHD will make the courses "sexy," but perhaps the tag got you to read this far, eh? Hmm ...

Get Greasy at Elmers

Ah, Elmers. The weekly jaunts of my youth to Elmers for post-church-lunch-brunch was a staple of my childhood, so I'm glad to see the restaurant is still alive and kickin'. The locally owned restaurant is hosting a '50s style fundraiser for Music Theater of Idaho (MTI) in its Nampa location at 1411 Shilo Drive on Saturday at 5 p.m. The fundraiser is in conjuction with MTI's production of Grease and attendees are encouraged to wear their snazziest bobby socks and pedal pushers for prizes. Donations are encouraged. The Grease cast will perform a section of the popular musical at the fundraiser and complimentary treats will be provided by Elmers. Patrons who purchase a ticket to Grease between August 3 and 27 will receive a coupon for a hamburger, fries and shake at 1950s prices ($2.99) at Elmers. Meal and show tickets ($11 to $14.50, $15 at the door) can be purchased at MTI's ticket office (203 9th Ave. S. in Nampa) or by calling 468-2385.

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