Scores on Doors rates highly with businesses

Tweed cafe, restaurant and takeaway operators have been quick to embrace a state-wide initiative which rewards food premises with excellent hygiene and food safety standards.

More than 65 per cent of eligible businesses in Tweed Shire have signed up to the Scores on Doors program since it was launched in the Tweed in October.

“Our goal was to reach 60 per cent of businesses within the first three months but that has been easily eclipsed, with more than 180 premises that have achieved high ratings of three to five stars,” Team Leader – Environmental Health, Brad Pearce, said.

Photo caption: Food Smith owners Glenn and Sarah Smith discuss the Scores on Doors program with Team Leader – Environmental Health Brad Pearce.

“Council Environmental Health Officers are providing feedback and offering opportunities for follow-up inspections to help businesses improve their rating. This is all part of the program’s proactive approach to work with the industry, to improve food safety standards and reduce the instance of food borne illness in the retail food industry.”

The rating system represents levels of compliance with the Food Standards Code, incorporating criteria such as food temperature control, food prepared in advance of service, food handler hygiene, cleaning and sanitisation and pest control.  Participating businesses are given certificates to display at the front of their premises, to give customers insight to the standards of food safety being maintained behind the scenes.

A new cafe in the recently upgraded Bay Street in Tweed Heads, Food Smith Cafe and Pantry, is one of the recent participants in the program and one of the significant number to receive a five out of five rating.

Food Smith owner Glenn Smith said a high Scores on Doors rating was another valuable feather in the cap for businesses keen to differentiate themselves as high quality premises.

“People are very particular about their food and Scores on Doors is an excellent guide to what is going on out the back,” he said.

Another family business, Bok Bok Thai, was extremely proud to display its five-star rating at the front of its Banora Point premises, owner Jack Drury said.

“We work hard to provide authentic Thai using quality local produce and the Scores on Doors rating is another asset for our business, further demonstrating our focus on excellence.”

Courtesy  Tweed Shire Council Newsroom

See also Big Volcano Dining: Cafes, Teahouses and Restaurants guide.


Gardens in Art and Food in Art

A Delight for the Senses

Historian to present art talks at Tweed Regional Gallery

Green thumbs and foodies will delight when retired lecturer in modern history David di Giustino explores a different perspective of art at the Tweed Regional Gallery on Sunday 15 March.

Big Volcano Visitor Guide: Tweed Regional Gallery

David will present two illustrated lectures – Gardens in Art and Food in Art.

Gardens in Art, starting at 11am, is an illustrated lecture that delves into the way gardens, as works of art themselves, have been depicted by artists over the centuries.

Painting. Margaret Olley, Bananas from the garden, Farndon 1974, oil on board, 74 x 100cm, Gift of Wayne Kratzmann, 2014, Tweed Regional Gallery Collection

At 2pm, Food in Art will explore the way artists have portrayed food in paintings, mosaics and sculptures that have decorated dining rooms, stimulated the appetite and celebrated food from Roman times to the present.

Each lecture costs $5.00 and bookings are essential.

However, as the Gallery is celebrating National Seniors Week, the first five places in each talk will be free to Senior Citizens.

Please contact the Tweed Regional Gallery on (02) 6670 2790 to secure your booking.

Courtesy of TSC Media Unit Wednesday 4 March, 2015

See also: Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Art Galleries; Regional art galleries and retail art galleries in the Northern Rivers NSW – Gold Coast hinterland QLD area.