The anticipation of the Snowie King Bus is building! Construction is well underway and we couldn’t be more excited to get operations up and running and bring refreshing shaved ice to activities around the Rocklin and Roseville area! As we continue to look for areas that we can focus on in the start up phase we decided that our knowledge of health and food safety standards was probably a little lacking. With minimal experience working with food or commercial kitchens we felt it would be best to invest some time and energy in this area.
We decided to register for the Placer County’s Food Safety Manager Training program. We paid our money, picked up our text books (felt like we were back in college!!) and started reading, and reading, and reading. Lucky for us, the first training course the county was offering was at the Lake Tahoe office, the experience was off to a promising start! We took practice test, after practice test online, and hoped that when the day came we would have the competency to pass the test.
The Big Day
It was finally the big day. We woke up to a fresh dusting of snow and a beautiful day in Lake Tahoe. Now, let the big questions begin… Would our hours of studying be enough? Could we possibly cram everything we needed to know about food safety into a few short weeks? The good news was that we had a 6 hour training course to also help prepare us for the exam. Or at least we thought it was good news. The 6 hours really ended up only exacerbating the anxiety associated with taking the actual exam. It turned out to be the verbatim reading of powerpoint slides from each chapter of the book, mixed in with some disturbing pictures and stories of local restaurants. I think we were ready to take the test and get the day over with after the first hour. The remaining 5 hours covered topics ranging from the temperature food should be when it is delivered, to how often employees should wash their hands (hint: a lot!), to the types of food borne illnesses and common allergies to be aware of, this course covered it all! And then there was the test. Oh boy, was that a test! Nothing could have prepared us for the 85 questions we saw, but CHECK OUT THAT LAKE!
The Results Are In
Brett & Michelle Coppola are now two of the newest certified Food Safety Managers in Placer County!! Be sure to ask Brett who scored higher when you see him out and about in the bus, what fun would it have been without a friendly wager, right? And on that note, it’s time for Michelle to head out and enjoy a pedicure, compliments of the Snowie King.