Most days have a wrinkle or two in them and most of the time they can be ironed out rather quickly. I think most of us deal with that a few times a day and a few soothing words or actions later the winkle is all but forgotten.
Myself and another local gal had organized a food swap for tomorrow night. We were excited, there was press coverage, folks were joining our facebook page and it seemed like we were going to get a rocking turn out for the first event.
Then yesterday I got an email from the health department:
It was recently brought to our attention that you are organizing a “food swap” at the Great Northern Brewery. I must inform you that providing food to the public, with or without charge, is an activity that requires licensure. Providing food to the public without approval is a violation Montana Rules. In addition, the event is being held in a licensed food service establishment. Since much of the food described to be provided at the “food swap” is not from an approved source, it should not be distributed at the location of a licensed food purveyor.
And just like that a wrinkle can’t be smoothed so easily. I’m frustrated and irritated about the whole thing. It seems too late now to find another location though I will try but I’m also worried that they’ll shut us down anyway for not having ‘approval.’ Anyone out there have any words of advice?