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The Importance of Food Safety and Staff Training in Encouraging Growth and Advancement

At 19 Bar and Restaurant, we believe that food safety is not just a regulatory requirement but a fundamental pillar of our commitment to excellence. Recently, our entire team participated in the ServSafe Food Safety Course, a comprehensive training program facilitated by renowned chefs Jeff Rotz and Matthew Dennis. This initiative underscores our dedication to maintaining the highest standards in food safety and service, ensuring that our guests enjoy both delicious and safe dining experiences.

Comprehensive Training for Comprehensive Safety
The ServSafe Food Safety Course covered crucial topics such as food safety, proper food storage, sanitation, and front-of-house service standards. Over four days, our staff engaged in intensive training sessions, gaining valuable insights and skills that are essential for the seamless operation of our restaurant. The course not only refreshed their knowledge but also introduced them to new practices and techniques that enhance our service quality.

Certification and Recognition
We are proud to announce that Chef Aretha Colebrook and Restaurant Manager Patrice Coleman successfully completed the ServSafe Manager Examination, earning certifications that reflect their proficiency and commitment to food safety management. This achievement is a testament to our dedication to continuous learning and professional development.

Practical Skills and New Practices
Our training emphasized key practices such as First In, First Out (F.I.F.O) inventory techniques, sanitizing surfaces, cutting techniques, and managing food prep times. By reinforcing these practices, we ensure that our kitchen operates efficiently and safely. Additionally, we are implementing new procedures such as rearranging and labeling storage areas to streamline food flow and improve organization.

Aligning with Our Commitment to Excellence
This training aligns perfectly with our restaurant’s overarching commitment to food safety. We are dedicated to serving safe food and demonstrating best practices consistently. The training reminded us of the importance of being intentional and diligent in our daily operations, reinforcing our pledge to maintain the highest standards in food preparation.

Positive Impact on Staff Morale and Teamwork
The feedback from our staff has been overwhelmingly positive. Monique found the training to be a refreshing reminder of the correct way of doing things. Aretha expressed excitement about the prospect of further learning opportunities, and Joan highlighted the encouragement to operate as a cohesive team, striving to deliver the best service possible. Such feedback illustrates the positive impact that comprehensive training can have on staff morale and teamwork.

Encouraging Growth and Advancement
Investing in staff training not only enhances their skills and knowledge but also fosters a sense of belonging and professional growth. When staff feel valued and empowered, they are more likely to pursue advancement opportunities within the organization. At 19 Bar and Restaurant, we are committed to supporting our staff through ongoing training and development, recognizing that their growth directly contributes to our success.

The importance of food safety and staff training cannot be overstated. At 19 Bar and Restaurant, we are dedicated to upholding the highest standards in food safety, ensuring that our guests enjoy safe and delightful dining experiences. Through comprehensive training programs like the ServSafe Food Safety Course, we empower our staff with the skills and knowledge they need to excel, fostering an environment of growth, teamwork, and professional advancement. As we continue to prioritize food safety and staff development, we look forward to serving our community with excellence and integrity.


Turks and Caicos Golf Association Wins Caribbean Classic Tournament.

The Turks and Caicos Islands has won the 27th annual Caribbean Classic Golf Tournament, following three days of competition in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic on the 29th of April 2023.

The Caribbean Classic is one of the highlights of Competitive Golf, organized by the Caribbean Golf Association. It allows participation of amateurs from 12 countries, including the Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Guadalupe, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Martinique, St Lucia, and USVI.

“Having led a team of seventy two (72) golfers to Casa de Campo, our homeland, the Turks and Caicos Islands was well represented,” said Turks and Caicos Islands Golf Association Vice President Mark Fulford. “We are proud to carry the flag of Turks and Caicos and win this tournament as we have been competing for years and happy to become this year’s Champion. Special thanks to the golfers who gave of their time, talent and money to be apart of the team this year. We hope we can take a larger team next year. ”

TCI Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes accompanied the TCI Golf Association and National Team to the Caribbean Golf Classic and was overjoyed that the TCI Golf team made a spectacular showing in presence and performance. Forbes said, “golf is a great sport with endless opportunities, and I recommend that young Turks Islanders take up the sport. I would like to commend the players who represented the TCI in their astonishing achievements!”

Head Golf Professional of Royal Turks and Caicos Golf Club Mr Sean Wilson stated: “that it was a great win for team Turks and Caicos as they represented the country proudly and brought back the trophies in all three divisions on behalf of the TCIGA! It is a very proud moment in our history of golf in the country.”

Organized by the Caribbean Golf Association and hosted by one of the members of the twelve countries of the CGA, the Caribbean Classic is an individual and team event, competed for, by teams of unlimited number of players from each participating member country, playing eighteen holes each day.

Team Turks and Caicos amassed the most points overall and won the George Noon Cup for the first time in 27 years! Team Turks and Caicos men’s team won the Robert Grell Trophy, and the team Turks and Caicos ladies won the Jodi Munn Barrow Trophy.

Individual winners include Audrey Hardie in 2nd place LF 7 division, Carol Brown in 1st place LF 6 division, Lucy Bullard in 2nd place LF 5 division, Kerry Wessinger in 1st place LF 4 division, Christina Pretorius in 2nd place LF 3 division, Andrea Todd in 2nd place LF 1 division.

Men winners include Justin Simons 3rd place in MP division, Jonathan Kattan 1st place in M6 Flight, Jarrett Forbes in 2nd place M5 flight, Terry Kuula in 3rd place M4 flight and Carl DeFazio in 2nd place M3 flight.