Still trying to get my take-out up and running. I am glad I was not in a rush to open. The take-out is named after my granddaughter (10 yrs) and she is pretty excited about it. She has been cooking with me since she was in a high chair! The theme is along the old privateers which there is a lot of history here, so it fits in pretty good. Graphics are all done, cleaning and more cleaning (all that grease - yuk), painting and repairing. Equipment sent in and tested, electrical and plumbing done as needed and lots of yard work on the property. I did pretty good buying whatever kitchen items I needed through the second hand stores and yard sales. Least the old items I purchased are made in Canada and USA and not from China!
I am hoping to get my food permit soon. I have been jumping through hoops with the food safety department here as they are not familiar with smoked foods. I have had to do pages and pages on food safety for the smoker. I will be the only one apparently in the county with a smoker. Glad I purchased my Southern Pride smoker as they cannot find anything that can go wrong with it - so far!
I have my basic menu set selling pulled pork, back ribs, chicken, burgers, poutine and with sides of beans (with pulled pork) coleslaw, caesar salad, potato salad, baked potato, fries, garlic toast. Also, I plan to sell bulk take out orders, but I would have to know ahead of time. Of course they are many other items I would like on the menu but I want to limit myself so everything is fresh and made daily. Specials will include product that I can get for a reasonable price would be smoked haddock, salmon, prime rib etc. Dr. of BBQ is right on the money - I prefer to sell out than have a lot of food waste.
It sure is a lot of hard work and planning to open up my take-out and I am thankful for all the help I found on this site. It would have been extremely difficult without the expertise here.
Now it is practice and practice on my smoker. I am getting pretty porked out and even more tired of coleslaw and potato salad, but everything seems to be coming together as far as finding the right recipes. I will try and post pictures as soon as I get my signs up.
Thanks again for everyone's help for getting this venture soon to be up and running.