By Katelyn Doggett
The Whatcom County Health Department has released its annual list of Silver Platter Awards for 2014 and out of 39 establishments that won an award, one is from Blaine.
Border Brew Espresso, located at 678 14th Street, received its first Silver Platter Award. Border Brew is a family owned and operated drive-through business that was established in 2000. They offer a variety of espresso drinks and other snacks.
“All of us at Border Brew are very pleased to be recognized for our commitment to safe and healthy work habits,” said manager Colin Hawkins. “It’s a great honor to be included with so many great businesses from around the county.”
Border Brew, along with the other winners, will be given an award to display at their business.
The Silver Platter Award program has been in place since 2008 and recognizes excellence in safe food handling. The health department awards dining establishments that achieve outstanding scores on food safety inspections throughout the year, according to the release made by the Whatcom County Health Department.
About 3.4 percent of licensed dining establishments in Whatcom County met the criteria created by the health department for the Silver Platter Award. To qualify for an award, an establishment must comply with Washington State Retail Food Code, score zero red high risk factor violation points and fewer than 10 blue violation points on all routine inspections in a calendar year.
Questions about the Silver Platter Award can be directed to the Whatcom County Health Department’s Food Safety Program at 360/676-6727. For a complete list of award recipients, visit the Whatcom County Health Department website at co.whatcom.wa.us/360/health-department.