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Everything you need to know about starting a food biz

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Considering bringing your cottage food to market, starting a food truck, or opening a restaurant?

Know the state and county laws, rules, and regulations for selling raw and prepared foods before you dive in and make that huge investment.

Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) and the Montrose County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are bringing area food enthusiasts “Foodie Friday”, the first Friday of each month in 2017.  Workshops, conducted by Montrose County’s Environmental Health Director Jim Austin, are free and open to the public.

June 2 , July 7 and August 4 are the Foodie Fridays for the summer. The event takes place from 10-11 a.m. at Region 10, 300 N. Cascade, Montrose. June’s talk will be on the rules and regulations required to operate a food truck, July 7 covers cottage foods, what you can cook and sell from your house; Aug. 4 goes over regulations for starting a restaurant.

The purpose of Foodie Friday is to make sure local food producers have the facts before selling and distributing food, as well as create an opportunity to meet, brainstorm, and collaborate with other food enthusiasts.

Jim Austin at Montrose County DHHS has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the food safety arena.  He has served as the Montrose County environmental health director since March 2013.  Previous to that, he lived in Denver for 20+ years and directed the food inspection program for the City and County of Denver from 1992 to 1999.

About the author

Mavis Bennett

Mavis Bennett

A western Colorado resident for most of her life, Mavis Bennett is the publisher of the Montrose Monitor. She has written for newspapers and magazines more than three decades and founded the popular Monitor Magazine in 2003. This web site is the logical progression for the Monitor.