As we kick-off our 2018 Pancake Breakfasts season we thought it would be helpful to remind members of the recent changes we’ve made to the processes that make our Pancake Breakfast events successful. These events generate not only considerable much-needed funds for the operation of our Chapter, but also allow us to serve and contribute to the General Aviation population and also our airport neighbors and friends, whose loyalty and repeat business we greatly appreciate. Hey – they’re fun too! Ask any member who has helped.
In 2017, following a visit and inspection of both the Chapter and Airport by the Chester County Health Department, several recommendations and requirements were made clear to us that were necessary and would greatly improve our food handling and overall safety and hygiene. These were of course adopted and we have incorporated these into our food procurement, storage, cooking, serving and cleaning processes.
For 2018 we have prepared several aids to help our volunteer teams to meet the new processes, these will be available in the kitchen area for each of our events. We’ll also publish these at the web site in the weeks ahead.
Essentially, these address the following areas;
Food Preparation: Food Safety is important to any food service operation, and an outbreak can be devastating. However, we all can avoid outbreaks by recognizing the importance of food safety, by recognizing how food can become unsafe. food to be cooked such as: mixing eggs, preparing pancake batter. Including proper storage of food, transporting mixtures to cooking area/cook.
Sanitization: Cleaning of dishes, equipment, service utensils, storage areas, surfaces etc. Pathogens (germs) can spread to food if equipment has not been cleaned and sanitized correctly between use.
Hygiene: Habits that include keeping hands, hair, and body clean, and wearing clean and appropriate clothing. Avoiding unsanitary actions (cough, sneeze, eating while serving food, handshaking, hugging etc). Not working while feeling ill.
We’ll continue to work with Chester County Health Department to ensure full compliance with recommendations and requirements. For our 2018 events we will also implement the following;
– Assign and announce an Event Leader per food event
– Seek volunteers to assist in the range of activities
– Hold a briefing session at the beginning of each event
– Review the event afterwards, looking for improvements and suggestions
Our Pancake Breakfast schedule is posted at the web site and we’ll be sending emails to our members and friends to remind them of the excellent breakfast they can have with us, and to call for your help in the events.
Our first event will be Saturday May 12th.
Our June Pancake Breakfast will be on a Sunday – June 3rd, to coincide with a sports event – a 5K Community Run – that is happening at the New Garden Airport. We are anticipating much demand for our breakfast Sunday morning June 3rd and will need strong volunteer support. Mark your calendars for all our events please, we’ll be looking for your engagement and help.
Again, as a reminder, much of the Chapter funding for the year is generated through our Pancake Breakfasts. These keep our Chapter operating, help maintain our fabulous hangar facility and enable us to sponsor Flight Training Scholarships and much, much more. We anticipate and ask for strong member participation and volunteering to make these important events happen and happen well. Please step-up!
Let me know if you have any questions regarding this or any aspect of Chapter operations. Thanks!