I may in fact be the very luckiest CEO that ever lived! I get asked to do the coolest things and this story/post is about one of them recently. About 3 years ago I launched a division of my company (MenuTrinfo®) that is known as Kitchens with Confidence™ (we call it KwC for short). The main job of KwC was to conduct in-person audits of kitchen areas or entire dining facilities that want to be “Certified Free From™” any or all of the Big 8 allergens. We then confirmed that all efforts humanly possible are taking place to deliver confidence to the food allergic and GF diner. We would share this good news through our seal/certification within the facility.
A little background in this project began a few years ago, not long after we began KwC, when we got a call from the most wonderful lady from Mulay’s, Loree. Even with the phone line between us, I could tell she was over the top passionate about the sausage and meat products she made from family recipes and she let us know that all of her products were in fact, free from the big 8 allergens already. She assured us they always had been and always would be. We had only completed one certification on one product line/bakery up to that point but to be honest, her heart and love for her craft won us over.
Delivering Confidence through our “Certified Free From™” is the gold standard for colleges universities and now also great food products. We were going to be heading to the Texas plant where the products were made and get to see all things Mulay’s. Having Loree and her team add our seal to her great products was one of the best days in business for me. It is an honor and a privilege to be connected.
Now to bring you to this great activity for me, a passionate CEO, whose main mission in life is to protect lives and health through MenuTrinfo®. A few months ago, I was asked if I would be willing to make up a family recipe of my own using Mulay’s products and share about it. Yes, you bet I jumped at the chance. I am a fan of Mulay’s products having tasted the brats, breakfast sausage and (even though I think I make the best meatballs in the world), Mulay’s meatballs give me a run for my money. I decided to use a new product for me. I took on the mild Italian sausage and incorporated it into my meatball recipe. The largest challenge for me is quantities. I don’t cook or make food using many measuring devices. I also don’t know how to cook just for me and my husband, so we give to friends… I’m Italian, it is just how I roll.
Betsy Craig is the nation’s leading expert on food allergies, menu labeling and food safety. An Award-Wining CEO, Author, Speaker and Blogger and founder of MenuTrinfo®, LLC Betsy’s is driven with her positive attitude and enthusiasm. As an innovator, recovering from adversity, she was inspired to help restaurants and other food service establishments with the menu labeling, better communicating nutritional information to the public so she started MenuTrinfo®, LLC. Her successful work with restaurants exposed the need for training, identifying and handling allergens in these establishments. To fill this need, Betsy launched two new divisions of the business AllerTrain™ and Kitchens with Confidence™. AllerTrain™ trains, audits, certifies and accredits kitchens in allergen safety while Kitchens with Confidence™ is a 3rd party auditor and certifying organization awarding “Certified Free From™” (one or all 8 major food allergens and/or gluten) certificates to manufactures and commercial kitchens for their strict compliance in maintaining safe, “Free From” e. Betsy and her company is dedicated to helping the in foodservice industry protect the lives and health of their customers.