1. Is Your Bartender Judging You?

    BartenderWe found out in a story posted on (who sourced their information from Reddit) that bartenders believe that you are what you drink. Yes, your bartender could be judging  you based on your drink order. Here's some of the things they revealed.

    If you tell the bartender to "make it a strong one", then you’re in for an interesting night. The bartender will view you as being cheap and annoying. If you want more alcohol, order a double instead and be prepared to pay for a double, and don't second guess the bartender's skills.

    If you’re getting up and ordering a Midori sour, then you’re viewed as a lightweight and possibly underage. However, if you order a strong drink like a Manhattan, you might be seen as someone who just wants to get drunk quickly. 

  2. Chicken Recall Due to Bad Ice Machine

    Poultry RecallHoly cow! Or should we say ‘holy chicken!” Sanderson Farms has had to recall over half a million pounds of chicken because it was fouled with metal shavings. Not only that, but during the production run, the ice machine malfunctioned, causing the chicken to be shipped with less than favorable temperatures.

    Officials aren’t sure how the meat was tainted with the shavings. These boxes were set to go to Georgia and Louisiana. There were warnings of this tainted meat issued to customers and they were asked to bring any chicken related illness to the attention of Sanderson Farms as well as seek medical attention.

  3. Legionnaire's Breaks Out in VA Home

    BacteriaLegionnaires’ Disease is a serious affair, especially when you’re looking at an outbreak happening at the Illinois Veterans Home. Recently, the director of Veteran’s Affairs came out and spoke about the outbreak.

    Erica Jeffries recently spoke about the Legionnaires outbreak at Quincy. 12 people have died, and 45 people have been diagnosed with the disease. In response, the director has been focusing her efforts on prevention. It is a water-bourne disease, so the water systems at the Veterans Home have been flushed.

    Since August 21st, people at the Illinois Veteran’s Home have been flushing the water system, sanitizing water tanks and cooling towers. They

  4. Houston School Ice Machine Troubles

    Rusty ScrewIce is food. Ice bins, therefore, store food.

    In a lot of places, ice machines and their ice bins are treated as if they are simply storage areas and not storing food which comes in contact with eager diners. In this case, we’re going to talk about ice machines and ice bins at elementary schools.

    Texas recently had a bout of inspectors go through the Houston school cafeterias, making sure that the policies, procedures, and practices of the places were safe. The inspectors were charged with issuing violations based on the level of severity that was displayed.

    One of the ice machines in an elementary school had a rusty screw inside. This rust could have contaminated the entire batch of ice, as well as infecting the kids who go to the school. Fortunately, it was caught by the inspector, who requested that the violati

  5. Hospital Donates Old Ice Machine to Clinic in Africa

    When new hospitals open, there is usually a lot of equipment that’s left over in the old building. There are decisions which need to be made about that old equipment, including perfectly working ice machines. Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, WV did very well by its peers and to its mission by donating some of the equipment to a hospital in West Virginia and a clinic in Ghana.

    The Webster County Memorial Hospital was the beneficiary of this equipment, as their own equipment was damaged by flooding. Preston Memorial just had it on hand, and knew that the other hospital needed that type of equipment. “When we caught word that Webster County Memorial was in need of some items that were lost, it was easy to decide where the best use and utility of the items woul

  6. Shaved Ice Perfect for Summer

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    What do entrepreneurs do when they’re facing excruciating heat with temperatures rising off the charts? They think of ways that they can capitalize on that to make money for their new business. Kirk Powell figured that a shaved ice shop would be just the thing for the summer.

    Opportunity knocks, of course. When you have the ability to serve a town with shaved ice since there’s no Dairy Queen, what better way to do it? “The first few weeks have been awesome. Business has been really good. It’s been better than I expected. I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s such a small town, so you never know. I think people miss Dairy Queen. If Dairy Queen was still around I wouldn’t be doing as wel

  7. 90% of American Beer Made by 11 Companies

    Beer CompaniesThe number of craft breweries is rising, but a good portion of beer (up to 90%) is being made, bottled, packaged, and distributed by the large giants. The large commercial breweries are snapping up the little guys like it’s nobody’s business, because they see the huge potential for craft beers and beer which seems to be bottled independently. Craft beers provide the opportunity for experimentation, but the large places give the distribution routes.

    For the one who is getting about half of the space in every undercounter refrigerator, you don’t have to look any fur

  8. Listeria Outbreak Takes Out Blue Bell

    ListeriaA Fourth of July without Blue Bell ice cream? Unfortunately, it's happening. Blue Bell is in the middle of a massive recall of its ice cream after several people were infected with listeria. Listeria is a bacteria that's everywhere in our environment, and is extremely resistant to cold, and once established is terribly difficult to eliminate. People with weak immune systems can get flu-like symptoms or even meningitis in severe cases.

    Blue Bell has been making ice cream for over 100 years. This is their first major infection, and it's a doozy. All three of their production plants have been implicated in a listeria outbreak. The company is facing criticism of how they handled notifying people about the recall and their inspection practices. Accord

  9. Store your Ice Scoops Right!

    Ice Scoop StorageToday’s discussion about ice machines comes from Texas.  We’re looking at some of the health reports that have come out involving ice machines and the things that people do to them.  There’s nothing that saddens us more than seeing an ice machine that takes away from a restaurant’s perfect inspection score.

    One restaurant in Yorktown received a score of 55 (out of 100) based on several demerits.  There was a note to the restaurant owner to ‘store ice scoop on clean, sanitized surface’ and ‘Clean the ice machine.’  That’s two demerits right there which could have been avoided if there had been proper sanitizing procedures taking place on a continuing basis.&

  10. Commercial Ice Machines Make Great Charitable Donations

    scotsman cu1526sa-1a When people give to charity, they think more about curing cancer, stopping dangerous diseases, and generally changing the world.  In reality, a lot of charity goes to the installation of ice machines, repairing buildings, and other practical things which make the lives of those who work to help others better. 

    Commercial ice machines make great charity items because they are not necessarily the first thing that people think about. The lack of that machine can be a sore spot for many organizations.  Let’s take a look at the Delaware Hospice. A local community-centered organization called the Rose Colored Lasses helped them out by donating money to their cause. 

    “Last year’s donation enabled the center to purchase a c

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