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Workshop stresses how to safely cook for a crowd

Are you planning a graduation party? Are you in charge of this year's family reunion? Do you volunteer at a church supper or serve hotdogs at a community fundraiser? Do manage or work at a food stand that has a Special Events License? It is critical that all large group food event volunteers know and practice safe food handling techniques.

You may be a good cook, but cooking for a crowd is different than cooking at home. There's a lot to learn about how to plan, prepare and serve food in quantities as well as how to make sure the food is safe. One in four Americans will get sick from a food-related illness this year. Family or community members that are elderly, young, suffering from a chronic disease or pregnant, are more vulnerable to foodborne illnesses and need to be served food that meets the highest standards of food preparation and service. While foodborne illnesses can be as mild as a stomach ache, they can also be fatal.

Find out what food safety practices you need to implement when planning, preparing and serving food to a large group so no one gets sick. Plan to attend the upcoming Cooking Safely For a Crowd workshop on Tuesday, March 22. It will be held at the Sebeka United Methodist Church at 100 Jefferson Ave. S. in Sebeka. Organizations in Wadena County will get a reduction in the cost of their Special Events Food License if they attend the workshop.

The cost for the workshop is $15 per person. Pre-register by March 8 by sending your name, address, phone number, $15 check payable to University of Minnesota Extension, and the organization you will be representing. Mail to: Extension Regional Office, 1424 East College Drive, Suite, 100, Marshall, MN 56115. For additional information or a registration form, contact Connie at 507-337-2819 or