Pick Pork Grill Team Ready for Barbecue Season

CANADA - Manitoba Pork Council's Pick Pork Grill Team has been certified for another season of providing barbecued pork on a bun to community events in southern Manitoba, writes Bruce Cochrane.
calendar icon 26 April 2010
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Manitoba Pork Council's Pick Pork Grill Team was established about 15 years ago with one mobile cart and one person as a means of promoting pork at community events in Manitoba and it's grown to three carts and six to eight part time staff.

The team travels to events within 150 kilometers of Winnipeg and serves over 20 thousand pork on a bun each year and last year served its 250 thousandth sandwich.

Manitoba Pork Council consumer marketing and community relations programmes manager Susan Riese says the team's annual health inspection was completed last week.

Susan Riese -Manitoba Pork Council

There's a number of things that the city of Winnipeg health department looks for such as properly functioning fridges, the three compartment sink, just making sure everything is clean, the product is looked at as well.

You can only cook a product that is already cooked, it's processed.

We can can't cook from raw on our carts and just making sure that the water stations on the carts are functioning properly, that the staff have their food handling certificates and we supply the training for that as well.

There's a lot of little details.

In fact my understanding is that mobile food vending carts are inspected more so than actual restaurants in and around the city just because they're at so many events servicing so many people.

The Pick Pork Grill Team operates from May to October and is already booked for 115 events this summer.

Ms Riese says final staff orientation is slated for this Friday and the team will be hitting the road on 1 May.

More information on the Pick Pork Grill Team can be accessed at manitobapork.com.

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