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Preventing foodborne illnesses

Of all the liabilities that can derail a church’s food ministry, a foodborne illness is one of the quickest. “All you need to do is Google ‘church foodborne illness’ to know that,” asserts Marcus White, director of hospitality at First Baptist Church Orlando and executive director of Global Association of Christian Hospitality Professionals (GACHP). “Even […]

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Handle with care

Whether they’re subject to regular inspections or not, church kitchens should incorporate a safety program into their operation and follow a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan. Pamela Goldstein, vice president of operations at Nevada-based Humidity Control Systems — maker of CoolerKING, an all-natural mineral filter — also recommends that a certified food […]

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What to expect IF you’re inspected

Generally speaking, if a church cooks for and sells food to the public, it’s subject to regular inspections from the state health department — once or twice a year, typically. The number of meals served, and how often, are two more factors in the frequency of required inspections. “In some states, churches are exempt from […]

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A few words about ovens

As with any kitchen, the oven is the heart of a commercial-grade operation. Because it’s such a big investment — in terms of ministry and money — design experts recommend thinking “outside the box” about some advanced, cost-saving options. One type of oven — the Rational cooking center — has earned a resounding endorsement from […]

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Is a commercial kitchen right for your church?

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh With equipment, exhaust systems, plumbing, electricity, building codes and so much more to consider — all at a considerable cost — building a commercial church kitchen is a big decision. But, it’s also a smart one. Any church that wants to add a commercial kitchen to its campus learns quickly that it’s […]

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Gaining grounds

Church cafés are on the rise in large churches. But, launching a successful one requires expert advice.

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Commercial church kitchens

Building one is a big decision. But, it can also be a very smart choice.

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