Tuesday, July 29

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« The High-Tech Ketchup Packet Love is in the Air, the Food »

News Fri Feb 05 2010

City Inspectors Destroy Local Fruit Puree... for What?

According to the Tribune's The Stew, inspectors from the city's Department of Health "seized, slashed open and poured bleach over thousands of dollars of local peaches, pears, raspberry and plum purees owned by pastry chef Flora Lazar" of Flora Confections. More than a thousand dollars worth of food prepared by the Sunday Supper Club, which shares the same kitchen, was also destroyed, although none of the inspectors was willing to say that the food imposed any danger to the public. Sounds like the unclear licensing requirement, concerning shared kitchens, is to blame. Read the whole heartbreaking post over at The Stew.

UPDATE (Tuesday, February 9): According to the Chicago Public Radio, health officials shut down the kitchen at Kitchen Chicago, where Flora Confections and other small-scale food start-ups share the kitchen. On Monday, inspectors returned to destroy more food. Chicago's unclear licensing requirements have some of Kitchen Chicago's clients considering a move out to the suburbs.


Henry Reddson / February 5, 2010 6:41 PM

Maybe the so-called "chef" should follow safe food handling guidelines?

Yu / February 5, 2010 8:38 PM

If you read the whole post at The Stew, the chefs weren't doing anything wrong as long as the food safety goes. The situation is still murky, but the problem seems to be the timing of the license acquisition, not any of the procedures involved in the handling of the actual food items destroyed.

Irene Larson / February 6, 2010 8:16 AM

Listen, if Flora can't follow the rules that the rest of us need to follow, then she should find somewhere else to do business. Even Rick Bayless had that pork product destroyed a couple of months ago. Cooks are not above the law.

Craighton / February 6, 2010 8:29 AM

The problem isn't "chefs following the rules", the problem is that the city doesn't HAVE rules that take into account exactly how a shared-use kitchen should be run. Hey Dept of Health, why not work WITH Kitchen Chicago to define those rules?

Melissa / February 6, 2010 1:43 PM

This is not about safe food handling. this person was trying to follow the rules by renting a fully licensed commercial kitchen. This was about a paperwork issue. This city just does not support small businesses. This is the way a small business starts out before taking on the expense of renting a storefront, etc. She was following all the rules. The city doesn't know how to deal with this new crop of artisan food producers.It's very sad and so wrong. We are eventually going to be a city of Starbucks & Panera Bread. Lovely.

Mark / February 6, 2010 3:33 PM

It seems odd that the city is so militant in hunting down artisan food producers, but seemingly can not harness the energy to inspect residential properties, maintain city street, or other things that would have a much bigger impact on consumer protection than destroying loads of fresh, local fruit.

Melinda Goldblum / February 10, 2010 12:30 PM

Get used to it people, it's called the nanny state. It's what happens when you have liberals running a city. Take a look at Detroit and you will see Chicago's future. Unfortunately with barrack hussein in office, it is also the future of our great country.

Add a Comment

Please enter the letter s in the field below:

Live Comment Preview

Notes & Tags

Items marked with a * are required fields. Please respect each other. We reserve the right to delete any comments borne out of douchebaggery or that deal in asshattery.

Permitted tags and how to use them:

To link: <a href="">Link text</a>
To italicize: <em>Your text</em>
To bold: <strong>Your text</strong>

Beer Mon Apr 28 2014

Craft Beer, Community and Creativity: An Interview with Locally Brewed Author Anna Blessing

By Christina Brandon

In the introduction to Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries from America's Heartland, author and photographer Anna Blessing writes that she wants "to tell the story of the people behind the beer."
Read this feature »



Wed Jul 30 2014
So You Think You're a Foodie @ Frontier

Wed Jul 30 2014
Katherine Anne Confections Preview Party

Thu Jul 31 2014
Choucroute Series @ TÊTE Charcuterie

Thu Jul 31 2014
Choucroute Series @ Tete Charcuterie

Sun Aug 3 2014
From Good Stock Dinner Series with Hunter Moore @ Land and Sea Dept

Drive-Thru on Flickr

Join the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

About Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru is the food and drink section of Gapers Block, covering the city's vibrant dining, drinking and cooking scene. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Robyn Nisi,
Drive-Thru staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15