Blurt Ed. Note: Food Editor Suzanne Podhaizer is live blogging the Green Mountain Chew Chew Fest today at the Burlington Waterfront.
At an event like CCF, I like to try foods that are a little out of the ordinary. I'm not very likely to get a ham & cheese sandwich or a burger when there are (slightly) more exotic options available.
My next stop was at the Pakistani Natural Foods table. I selected a generous beef kebab with a fresh, hot tomato chutney on the side. The kebab itself was made with a chewy but flavorful cut of meat, and the chunks were perfectly cooked; just slightly pink in the middle. Really, really good.
Over the years, I've wondered about the food safety angle and Chew Chew — particularly given that it's typically hot out during the event — and now I've got the scoop. This morning, I saw a woman from the Department of Health checking out each vendor, and telling them what changes they needed to make to be in compliance. In some cases, she offered (threatened?) to come back later to ensure that coolers have the appropriate amount of ice, staffers are wearing gloves, etc. So now you know!