The LA Times reported yesterday that under a new food safety law in California, bartenders are required to wear gloves when handling garnishes.
"Changes to the California Retail Food Code that went into effect at the beginning of 2014 require disposable gloves or utensils such as tongs, paper or scoops to be used when handling "ready-to-eat" foods, which include sushi, bread, deli meats and fresh fruit and vegetables. Basically, nothing that won't be cooked or reheated before it goes out to diners can be touched with bare hands."
So I decided it was up to me to design some new hands-free devices that will help bartenders handle garnishes without having to wear gloves. Here are four to get us started:
Proposed Hands-Free Garnish Dispensers for California Bartenders
1. Lime Chop, For Lime Slices
2. Cherry Clothesline, for Serving Cocktail Cherries
3. Self-Serve Olive Dispenser
4. Mint-Slapper, for Slapping Mint
Best of luck to bartenders dealing with the new law.