Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas

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4vida1
Junior Burger
2011/08/18 20:00:11
Greetings to all!
I am new to Roadfood.com. I'm in the process of starting my mobile food vending cart (hot dogs), in El Paso, Texas. It will be doing business as "Bernie's Dawgs". I was hoping I can get some help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF). What is a CPF? 
A legally permitted food establishment, such as a restaurant, where water is obtained and waste water is disposed and food is kept, handled, prepared, packaged or stored. 
I have'nt been able to get a restaurant to be my CPF. 
Does anyone know of a restaurant in El Paso that could be my CPF? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. 
I have everything else in place, the last piece I need is the CPF.
Bernie
 
chefbuba
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas 2011/08/18 21:46:18
The common name for what you are looking for is a commissary.
Use the search function on here...there many threads on this very subject.
Ask your health dept, they will know if there is a shared kitchen in the area.
4vida1
Junior Burger
Re:Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas 2011/08/18 22:37:12
Thanks for your response, I'm aware CPF is the same as a commissary. I should have added in my initial posting that I am a licensed mobile food vendor in Arizona (Maricopa county). I had no problem getting a commissary because there is one central commissary that all mobile food vendors used (don't quote me; I might be wrong).
There is no such place in El Paso, Texas. I did talk to two El Paso county food inspectors about knowing of any CPF (commissary), both answered the same way; did not know of any.
I have been to different food establishments in El Paso and make my pitch on getting a CPF but no luck yet. I'm not giving up. I'll keep looking. 
rtw1000
Junior Burger
Re:Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas 2012/11/21 16:51:08
Did you ever find anyone? Im having the same trouble.
hella good tacos
Cheeseburger
Re:Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas 2012/11/22 21:16:26
I am not any where near el paso, but my strategy- and it has been successful- was to locate a diner who closed early.  So i use a diner 2 days a week on the cheap.
 
Also in my state, i keep my cart in a shared use garage/warehouse.  It has fresh water and a a waste water area for me to use.  This satisfied my state's requirements.  My "CPF" is only for food prep. 

Here if you are doing pre-packaged hotdogs you are not required to use a commisary kitchen.