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 Author: Gfron1
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:36 pm 
This is as good as a topic as any I suppose to post this. The Kumquat held its Food Artisan contest and announced the winners last week - with the Willhite sisters and Mary Chevalier taking the top three spots. One entrant had concerns about our contest since we didn't finish consuming her submission, and thus could have created botulism, and wasted the remaining product.

The contest was so positive, and had only good intentions, and no, I won't let one entrant detract from the good that we did to promote the amazing food artisans in our community, but I did want to offer a few quick responses.

1. The most important is that botulism education is needed. If the products were canned correctly the risk of botulism is minimal for a product that was opened and then properly stored. I will simply say that all canners, including myself, can use continuing education on canning risk. http://www.cdc.gov/features/homecanning/

2. With over 30 entrants, it was not realistic for us to consume all of the submissions in their entirety. And for liability I was not comfortable sharing the entries with folks other than my staff. Products that required preparation for us to consume were poorly chosen submissions because of time.

3. Ultimately, the rules were clearly stated, I put up the money, and our judging followed the stated rules. No one was told they were going to be given their jars or remaining product back. Nor was it stated that we were going to finish all of the products, which yes, implies waste. But, I'll put my record of efficient use of local foods up against most - its our religion here at the restaurant.

So enough of responded to one of the 30+ entrants. Thanks again to everyone who participated and the media who reported the results. I look forward to next year's event and seeing what a new batch of entrants is up to!

 Author: mzwhiz
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:02 am 
Those of us who KNOW and love you, don't need an explanation. Remember Rob, you're dealling with the PUBLIC. If you only had one problem out of a possible 3000 (30 X 100), you done good!


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