Food for Thought Report 11.18 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Food for Thought Report 11.18

Top performer honors only come after lots of hard work. For two local elementary schools it paid off, and one fell just short.

Our first top performing school at 2909 Chicago Avenue is named after Jim Bowie, a hero of the Alamo. But Bowie Elementary remembers more than the Alamo.  They remember every week how important food safety is. They had zero critical violations during their last health inspection.

Food for Thought 11.18
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 11/18/04.

Our second top performing school is the home of the Tigers. At 4815 46th Street, Stewart Elementary's kitchen staff also earned a perfect score.

Over at 4602 Chicago Avenue, the Wester Elementary Whirlwinds almost did the same. They had just one critical violation. Thermometers were not calibrated properly for boiling temperature. All Lubbock elementary school kitchens are managed by Aramark School Support Services. They assure NewsChannel 11 that new thermometers were provided to all their schools.  

Now for the main course and the icing on the cake.  Top performer number one this week is hidden inside Covenant Hospital. The Chick-Fil-A at 3525 19th Street had zero critical violations.

Top performer number two is the Frenchman Inn at 4409 19th Street. Bring your own wine and sit down to the tasty french quisine of this quiet, cozy and healthy Lubbock resaurant. Frenchman Inn also had a perfect health inspection.

Our last top performer plaque belongs to a 16-year-old business owner! Tara Scarborough opened Tara's Tea Trader almost a year ago at the age of just 15 when she was a senior in high school. She explains, "I had a very slow senior year and I wanted something else to do and I wanted something else on my schedule."

Now a freshman at Texas Tech, Tara manages to find time to make tea and panini sandwiches for her customers in between physics, chemistry and calculus classes. Classes she needs to become a rocket scientist. Phew! No wonder she wants her Costa Rican inspired cafe to be relaxing! Tara says,  "I'm not into that uptight 'gotta watch where you sit' kind of place.  It's just where you can sit, relax, and enjoy."

Cloaked in a rainforest canopy, you can find the largest selection of teas in town, and much of what you'll see is even recycled. By the way, at Tara's Tea Trader if you bring a Toys for Tots donation, you can get a free tea or coffee.

Now for our first low performer, Stone Gate Sports Bar and Grill at 11010 Indiana Avenue. Stone Gate had six critical violations.

  • A personal drink was found in a can, uncovered on a food prep counter.
  • Raw beef was being stored above and beside ready to eat items and ready to eat items were stored on top of raw chicken.
  • Shredded cheese and cooked chicken were not datemarked.
  • Handwashing stations at the kitchen and bar were out of soap and papertowels.
  • A gnat was found in a bottle of liquor.
  • A spraybottle of cleaning solution was not labeled.

All critical violations were corrected on site, a manager could not be reached for comment.

Carino's Italian Kitchen is also on the low performer list. They had six critical violations too.

  • Cold sliced ham was found at 52 degrees and raw chicken at 58. Cold food must be held at 45 degrees or cooler.
  • Fried chicken and spaghetti were held at 102 degrees. Hot foods must be kept at 140 degrees or above.
  • Personal drinks without covers were found in food prep areas.
  • A handwashing station was blocked by a trash can.
  • A spray bottle was not properly labeled.
  • An employee's thermometer was not properly calibrated.

All critical violations were corrected on site.  Carino's general manager could not be reached for comment.

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