Major Mallet wrote:I am thinking about gifting 2,000 sno-kones for 2008. I know how much ice and syrup I need plus I can get a commercial grade ice shaver. I also know I need to get a food permit. Does anyone have any experience with trying to make and distribute sno-knoes on the playa? Are there any problems or obstacles I should know about?
Here's an excerpt from an article I wrote for the Beacon's website! This might help you out some...
"We should look for someone to eat and drink with before we look for something to eat and drink." ~Epicurus
Thinking of feeding the Playa people next year? Is it your "American Dream" to impress your fellow Burners with your culinary prowess? Do you want to be the proud chef of the finest eating establishment in Black Rock City? Or maybe you just want to provide a place for dirty hippies with the munchies and danced-out, half-starved ravers to wash down a grilled cheese sandwich with warm Kool-Aid laced with mushroom tea?? Either way, this article provides valuable information to help ensure that your food sharing camp is legal and up to par.
In order to (legally) run a food sharing camp at Burning Man, you will need to apply for a temporary food vendor permit, the application is available for download here: health.nv.gov/BHPS/ehs/eh...TempApp.doc There's a fifty dollar fee to receive this permit, unless you're a religious, charitable, or other non-profit organization, in which case a tax exempt certification or ID number is required.
In addition to this, if you are bringing large amounts of propane you will need to notify Harley, Earth Guardian Extraordinaire, at email@example.com
, so she can get you set up with a BRC permit and notify the fire department if there's an emergency.
The statutes and regulations for food service to the public in the state of Nevada (revised statutes 446 and Nevada Administrative Code 446) can be read online at the Nevada Bureau of Health Protection Services website: health.nv.gov./index.php But they are, to quote my esteemed colleague, a long hard read.
To save you a little time and a lot of headache, I contacted a couple of people with experience running a food sharing camp, people who've been there, and done that.
The Pancake Playhouse is one of the most well known camps on the Playa, and a great place to have a little breakfast after dancing the night away! Even the Health Department loves them, check out what they had to say about them on page 12 of their official report on BM '05 here: health.nv.gov/BHPS/ehs/Bu...gMan2005.pdf
Cara (Miss Kitchin) Despota, of the abovementioned Pancake Playhouse, was kind enough to respond to my emails and provided the following information. She wrote: "First off, Pancake Playhouse does not store any perishable food, so I don't know anything about that. We use only bagged batter mix and water. Oh, and industrial-sized Log Cabin Syrup too! We have to get a health permit at home, before we leave. Once there, it must be on display before we can start serving. Some years, the Health Dept. comes every day. Other years, it's less often. Each time they visit, they go down a checklist and give us an overall health score. If we have problems, we have to address them, and then the Health Dept. comes back the next day to check up.
Some things we have to do:
1. Store all mix, syrup, and water off the ground. We use shelves for this.
2. Cover the floor of the kitchen with tarps or carpet.
3. Everyone in the kitchen must wear a head covering.
4. Servers must wear gloves and use tongs.
5. We may not accept donated items to serve the public.
6. We must wash dishes in a mixture that includes bleach.
7. We must have a designated hand washing station."