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Bigmista
09-04-2008, 11:35 AM
MrsMista and I went to the Moose Lodge and made a presentation to the board and they agreed to let us use their commercial kitchen during off hours!

As long as I show up a couple a times per month and cook dinner for the members (they pay for the food) I get to use the kitchen for free! That satisfies the HD rule for having a commercial kitchen for prep.

We are on our way now!!

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
09-04-2008, 11:36 AM
Great idea and great news. Of course, we need to see some kitchen pron now. :biggrin:

Plowboy
09-04-2008, 11:38 AM
That is awesome!!! Congrats.

Bigmista
09-04-2008, 11:46 AM
Thanks! We are pretty excited about it. Now we can vend at Farmers Markets and different festivals. Next big trick will be to get a 3 basin sink and make it portable.

Just gonna savor this small victory right now.

tonto1117
09-04-2008, 11:49 AM
Great news Mista!!! Congrat's...:eusa_clap:eusa_clap:eusa_clap

big brother smoke
09-04-2008, 12:00 PM
Absolutely a great score!

timzcardz
09-04-2008, 12:06 PM
No pics, it never happened.



Ah what the heck, congratulations anyway!

U2CANQUE
09-04-2008, 12:22 PM
congrats, a heck of a plan you have there, and missing all of that out of pocket expenses is a bonus

bowhnter
09-04-2008, 12:25 PM
That's cool! Congrats and good luck!

Countryhb
09-04-2008, 12:42 PM
Who's gonna clean it for you?? :biggrin: Congrats!!!

Arlin_MacRae
09-04-2008, 12:46 PM
Well done, brother!!

Rightstuff
09-04-2008, 01:08 PM
Great idea. My wife and I have been trying to firgure out a way to score a kitchen to cater from. We've been using the church campground but it hasn't been that convienent for us. Theres a Moose Lodge within 5 miles from our house. THANKS for the tip...I'll see if we can do the same thing here.

BBQ Grail
09-04-2008, 01:26 PM
I'm going to go find me a Moose or Elk this week.

goodsmokebbq
09-04-2008, 01:40 PM
great idea and congrats!

Bigmista
09-04-2008, 02:16 PM
Who's gonna clean it for you?? :biggrin: Congrats!!!


Glenn. ;-D

Bigmista
09-04-2008, 02:19 PM
Great idea. My wife and I have been trying to firgure out a way to score a kitchen to cater from. We've been using the church campground but it hasn't been that convienent for us. Theres a Moose Lodge within 5 miles from our house. THANKS for the tip...I'll see if we can do the same thing here.

You will have to join.

yelonutz
09-04-2008, 02:21 PM
But if he joins your lodge, he gets BBQ a couple times a month!:twisted:

NUTZ

HB-BBQ
09-04-2008, 02:43 PM
Congrads Neil, I am real happy for you guys!

buttrubbersbbq
09-04-2008, 02:58 PM
nice job I have thought of trying the same thing, our eagles lodge wants lunch served everyday.......no thanks

Brian in So Cal
09-04-2008, 05:53 PM
Congrats BigMista

smokinit
09-04-2008, 05:55 PM
Nice way to go!!

Professor Salt
09-04-2008, 06:10 PM
Congrats! Sounds like a good setup.

Bigmista
09-04-2008, 06:39 PM
Crap! Now the HD is telling us we need a sink even if we prep offsite in a commercial kitchen.

Bbq Bubba
09-04-2008, 08:34 PM
Crap! Now the HD is telling us we need a sink even if we prep offsite in a commercial kitchen.

Can you get away with a bus tub?

jbrink01
09-04-2008, 09:45 PM
Good Job! We use a local Senior Center when we need to. Go man, GO!

Bossmanbbq
09-04-2008, 10:38 PM
Congrats Mista,we did something similar, I went to the local senior citizens center, where they have a commercial kitchen and asked if we cooked a couple of BBQ dinners for them during the year if we could use the kitchen. They were thrilled to let us use it just to have someone in the community that could benefit from it. So we have ours as well and got it for a couple of BBQ dinners for 30 people. Bought my own commercial fridge and it sits over their waiting for us to show up and use it.
Lots of people with the kitchens in the communities, just have to ask the right people if you can use them!

Marsha
09-04-2008, 10:52 PM
Congratulations, good score!!!

Bigmista
09-05-2008, 01:10 AM
Can you get away with a bus tub?

Nope. They are very specific.

3 basin sink

basins have to be at least 14 x 16 x 16

Must have 2 drainboards and an angled backsplash. (Why you need a backsplash outdoors, I may never know.)

20 gal fresh water tank and 30 gal grey water tank minimum.

The bitch about it is that I have been visiting Farmers Markets and most of the vendors don't have sinks and neither does the market. So I can't get in without a health permit but there are people already there with permits and no sinks.

Spydermike72
09-05-2008, 06:53 AM
That Sucks!! I am sorry to hear that Mista.

ThomEmery
09-05-2008, 07:53 AM
I haved a three sink set up that will go on the trailer we are building for you

wlh3
09-05-2008, 08:34 AM
Congrates Neil on the kitchen. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Yhoo Hoo Bro:icon_bigsmil

TysDad
09-07-2008, 09:43 AM
I'm going to go find me a Moose or Elk this week.

How long do you smoke a Moose or Elk?


Your sink has to be like this one for $2300 ?
http://www.portablesink.com/imagemagic.php?img=images/sink.jpg&w=749&h=481&page=popup

Zowie. All the ones on eBay are at least $500 -- in most cases, sink only. Restaurant dismantler/recycler/reseller? Hmmm....

Qcrue2U
09-07-2008, 12:48 PM
Congrats BigMista!!!

"Crap! Now the HD is telling us we need a sink even if we prep offsite in a commercial kitchen."

Here is SLO, CA. you can use a 5 gallon fresh water tank, with "warm" water. The valve must be a throttle type. The water must drip into a 5 gallon grey water bucket. Hands free paper towel, valve type soap as well. A specific hand cleaning unit... I keep on a seperate table. Then you need 3 buss trays. 1 with a mixture of bleach and water, one soapy water, and then a rinse sanitising. I keep these on a seperate table as well. Two tables just for hands and utensils... :O I got my health permit about 2 months ago for temporary multiple events... :)

I prep all my food at the events right now. I am off to my Elks Lodge when time is permitted. But so far, not that big of a deal.

barbefunkoramaque
09-07-2008, 01:19 PM
MrsMista and I went to the Moose Lodge and made a presentation to the board and they agreed to let us use their commercial kitchen during off hours!

As long as I show up a couple a times per month and cook dinner for the members (they pay for the food) I get to use the kitchen for free! That satisfies the HD rule for having a commercial kitchen for prep.

We are on our way now!!


This was the nightmare I faced all thisyear. My Kitchen Partner ( a Gas Station that had a closed Deli inside with Tables and Gazebo Outside) ended up dying. The daughter got half of the business and was Jazzed about the idea of me running the Kitchen and providing her case with sandwiches, the STEP mother wants to sell the place and nixed it. Luckily I didn't put any money into it. It is still in Probate so no contracts can be signed.

Then another Gas station that had an old Donut shop in it at one time in one service bay and another unused service bay which was perfect to pull the 31 foot trailer into for service, was signed all lease and everything, and was ready for the FIRST HD visit (the one where they tell you what you need to do).... I was waiting to see how opening up the second old service bay would affect my kitchen in the first, that guy lost the whole damn Mobile because of gambling debts and it went back to being owned by Mobile.

So... while it does;t hurt my private party piz too much, it is nailing me on getting the huge Funkotorium, out and about day to day in the Walmart, Home depot and downtown parking lots.

I am so happy for you. I wonder if my local firehouse would be willing to do this if I cooked for their weekly bingo night?

barbefunkoramaque
09-07-2008, 01:29 PM
Crap! Now the HD is telling us we need a sink even if we prep offsite in a commercial kitchen.


Bar sink is what I got in the Funkotorium. 200 on ebay but it took me a while to find one local.

Bigmista
09-07-2008, 02:01 PM
Bar sink is what I got in the Funkotorium. 200 on ebay but it took me a while to find one local.

How deep are the basins on the bar sink?

Bigmista
09-07-2008, 02:03 PM
How long do you smoke a Moose or Elk?


Your sink has to be like this one for $2300 ?
http://www.portablesink.com/imagemagic.php?img=images/sink.jpg&w=749&h=481&page=popup

Zowie. All the ones on eBay are at least $500 -- in most cases, sink only. Restaurant dismantler/recycler/reseller? Hmmm....

Something like that, yeah. Price is a pain in the butt. Trying to work something out with Farmers Market Manager.

Stoke&Smoke
09-09-2008, 11:50 AM
MrsMista and I went to the Moose Lodge and made a presentation to the board and they agreed to let us use their commercial kitchen during off hours!

As long as I show up a couple a times per month and cook dinner for the members (they pay for the food) I get to use the kitchen for free! That satisfies the HD rule for having a commercial kitchen for prep.

We are on our way now!!

Awesome! Congratulations:biggrin:

We were thinking of doing the same thing in our area. At our first ever comp this past summer, we got to talking with a guy who turned out to be a bartender in our local Moose lodge. He suggested we join as they "could always use good cooks for events"

We've since done our first 2 paid gigs (first quoted for 70 people, last weekend was supposed to be 50 but more like 70 again)

The first one we did all the meats onsite (party was almost 300 miles from our home, so no other way) and cooked all the sides in their kitchen. This last one we did everything at our place and just had to deliver.

Both had VERY satisfied customers, so now we're pretty sure we're not fooling ourselves getting into this. Next step is either a Moose or church to have a commercial kitchen. (and possibly a larger smoker, just WSM's for now)

Best of luck in your future endeavors, and hoping you'll wish us luck in ours:-D

Bigmista
09-09-2008, 12:41 PM
A larger smoker will definitely be a blessing. Good luck!

Caseyjoenz
09-09-2008, 11:20 PM
Crap! Now the HD is telling us we need a sink even if we prep offsite in a commercial kitchen.

That just doesn't sound right. I know codes are different, but you're either a "caterer", "mobile food vendor", or "personal chef" where I'm from. When you try to combine any of them - like preparing food in a certified kitchen and then cooking some of it on site (not sure if that's what you're doing) then I can see why the HD is making you have a sink. We started the process just as you are, found a church that would donate the kitchen but then still ran into the HD saying, "no...you have to smoke the meat at your certified kitchen location and then transport it, ready to serve, to the site." We ended up going with the mobile vending license and picked up a nice enclosed trailer with some bells and whistles that the HD required so that we could smoke the meat on-site. The drawback is that we have to prepare everything on-site (in order to comply with the license). Beans, potato salad, slaw...everything. That happens most of the time :wink:

Bigmista
09-11-2008, 06:37 PM
Here are the specs on the sink we need to vend at the farmers market...

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j67/bigmista/sinkinfo.jpg

Butt Ugly
09-11-2008, 07:08 PM
Bigmista...did you get a chance to read the posts after your post on this thread? http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48922

Maybe the links will help...just trying to help you find a used one at a bargain price.:-D

Bigmista
09-11-2008, 07:42 PM
Ijust did. Looks like allof the sales are based in the south and midwest, Nothing within 200 miles of me.

Norcoredneck
09-11-2008, 08:42 PM
http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bfs/837207978.html

Brian in So Cal
09-11-2008, 08:45 PM
http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bfs/837207978.html

Petty cash for Big Mista!!:mrgreen:

Norcoredneck
09-11-2008, 09:38 PM
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bfs/828937391.html

Norcoredneck
09-11-2008, 10:04 PM
http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/grd/791243305.html

Bigmista
09-12-2008, 12:14 AM
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bfs/828937391.html

Basin are still to small. 17" x 12" x 11". Needs to be 16"w x 14"l x 12"d minimum.

This HD guy has 1 job and he is a dick about it. Everyone I have spoken to about him said he will not budge on the sinks.

Marsha
09-12-2008, 01:13 AM
Basin are still to small. 17" x 12" x 11". Needs to be 16"w x 14"l x 12"d minimum.

This HD guy has 1 job and he is a dick about it. Everyone I have spoken to about him said he will not budge on the sinks.

Ohmigosh, we are pretty lucky compared to you. I think I need to buy our HD inspector some flowers and candy, or something.

The Salinas Airshow called us all concerned and said we need to have a ground tarp for our food booth later this month. I told her we already do that, and have done it the last three years we have been there... and she told me how much she loves us. LOL! The HD folks do make people crazy, do they not?

Bigmista
09-12-2008, 11:51 AM
Yup! Wielding their small bit of power like a weapon.