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4vida1

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Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas Thu, 08/18/11 8:00 PM (permalink)
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
 
 
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    chefbuba

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    Re:Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas Thu, 08/18/11 9:46 PM (permalink)
    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.
     
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      4vida1

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      • Location: El Paso, TX
      Re:Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas Thu, 08/18/11 10:37 PM (permalink)
      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. 
       
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        rtw1000

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        • Location: El Paso, TX
        Re:Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas Wed, 11/21/12 4:51 PM (permalink)
        Did you ever find anyone? Im having the same trouble.
         
        #4
          hella good tacos

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          Re:Help/advice in getting a Central Preparation Facility (CPF) in El Paso, Texas Thu, 11/22/12 9:16 PM (permalink)
          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. 
           
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