Posts Tagged ‘los Angeles’

Food Trucks and Hot Dog Stands to Be Graded by L.A. Health Inspectors

October 26, 2010

These days, even the food truck isn’t safe from getting their grades posted for all to see. It used to be that when a food truck went into business, it was almost like an underground operation.

Sure, they had to have their health department inspections done just like everyone else. But let’s face it, food trucks where people buy everything from a skewer to a shwarma to a bagel with a shmear have never really been places where people would go and look for inspection information. The City of Los Angeles however is hoping to change that.

Letter Grades Required for Regular Restaurants

For those not familiar with the rules in Los Angeles, the city send around inspectors to check on the cleanliness and food safety of restaurants in the city. They then assign a letter grade to the restaurants. This must be conspicuously displayed in order for the establishment to continue to do business.

Shaming Restaurateurs into Doing the Right Thing

The idea is that restaurateurs will be shamed into keeping cleaner establishments in order to make sure that they don’t have to explain to worried customers why their restaurant ranked a C (The lowest grade possible. Any lower and they’d have to shut down before they could continue to function).

However, the rule has not been applied to mobile restaurants or food trucks, on the theory that it would be too much trouble for such establishments to comply with it. A recent vote by the city Board of Supervisors, however, may change all that.

Catering Trucks to Go First

If the plan is implemented, as expected, when the final vote on the ordinance comes up toward the end of October, the first group that would be subject to the new rules would be applied to full service catering trucks that offer more than just a hot dog on a bun. The trucks would have to let the city know about their routes and be prepared for surprise inspection visits.

Hot Dog Carts are on the Agenda As Well!

The final phase of the plan would see even the humble hot dog stands and other places offering things like churros subject to the rule. We do wonder where exactly the hot dog stand is going to post such a sign, given the miniscule size of their operations.

What is the Official Los Angeles

September 26, 2010

Newspapers and radio stations in the City of Angels are all aflutter with questions about the vote. People want to know – have you taken the time to cast your vote yet? Every vote counts and is important, we are reminded.

The Los Angeles Hot Dog Vote

No, this isn’t about the upcoming mid-term elections. This vote is for something much more important than some silly congressional seats. It’s all about the official hot dog of the City of Los Angeles.

That’s right, Farmer John, a subsidiary of food giant Hormel has teamed up with a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, Andre Ethier, to push for a campaign to make the bacon wrapped hot dog the official hot dog of Los Angeles.

There’s More to This Than Meets the Eye

While the voting is more a matter of “signing” an online petition at VoteLAHotDog.Org, there is also a bit of real life drama behind the voting. With the Great Recession continuing to grind on and more and more people being forced to turn to food banks in order to make ends meet, Farmer John and Ethier cooked up this campaign in order to give donations to local food banks.

For every vote recorded on the web site, Hormel has agreed to donate one pound of food to local food banks with a maximum total of 25,000 pounds being available for donation.

Farmer John, the Hormel subsidiary sponsoring the event, is based in Southern California. The company has said that they intend this campaign to be as much about selling their products to a hungry public as it is about being a “good neighbor” and “giving back” to the community.

But Will Los Angeles Really Get an “Official” Hot Dog?

It’s also not like the bacon wrapped hot dog is a foreign item for residents of the city. In fact, the treat is considered a specialty and a favorite of Angelinos–this campaign is simply meant to make it “official.”

No word has been heard as of yet from the mayor’s office or from the office of Governor Schwarzenegger as to how “official” the voting will make the status of the beloved food has yet been released.

Voting online began on September 2nd and will continue through November 2nd.