Tuesday, August 15, 2006

All over the place today

The day started with Bo and I going to a two hour food safety class (which I might add was supposed to be just an hour) at the health department in Franklin. Jeff Hill is our inspector and he just happened to be the environmentalist teaching the class. It wasnt too bad really, glad we went. I then had to rush Bo back to get to work in the joint while I took off to "climb up on top" of Mt. Juliet, TN to meet with a new co-packer. I have added a picture of Tommy & Sue from Tennessee Gourmet and Dennis from Deacon's Salsa. Dennis has got a commercial kitchen and he has teamed up with Tennessee Gourmet to expand. They are the perfect size for what I am looking to do right now in regards to amount. I'm going to be spending the next few days firming up my recipes so I can give them the information needed so they can give me a quote. The sauces I've been using for so many years are tied up with me and John McCall in another project we're working on (Martin McCall's). I want to be loyal to John with those sauces so I am developing new sauces for the joint......but really not all that different because they are based off those recipes. Hopefully this new relationship will be something within the budget I have set for the joint. They were, and hopefully will continue to be, a big help to me. They have done very well with their products and I will lean on (and pay) them for guidance to help us get the sauces off the ground.


Anonymous said...

Hey Boss, lookin good.

Mister Intinsitty said...

I cant wate until you're open. When you open up, I will be first in line. Theres nothin better than real good barbcue. I like it pretty much. As long as its beaf. I have been seeing you guys working on the place. Is your truck the white one? Hope to see you soon.

Yohaan said...

Hey there, P. Glad to see it's all coming together for you right now. I know its' going to be awesome. Talk to you in a few, YMc

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