Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) and the Montrose County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are bringing area food enthusiasts “Foodie Friday”, the first Friday of each month in 2017.  Workshops, conducted by Montrose County’s Environmental Health Director Jim Austin, are free and open to the public.

Foodie Friday will be held the first Friday of each month at Region 10, 300 N Cascade Avenue in Montrose, from 9-10 a.m. In this workshop, participants will learn about the state and county laws, rules, and regulations that govern the cottage food industry, food trucks and other mobile retail outlets, and restaurants. The schedule will be as follows:


January 6, 2017-Cottage Foods: What you need to know before you start selling

February 3, 2017- Food Trucks:  What you need to know before you start rolling

March 3, 2017- Restaurants:  What you need to know before you sign that lease


“The purpose of Foodie Friday is to provide people interested in selling raw and prepared foods with the state and county laws, rules, and regulations before they dive in and make huge investments,” said Nancy Murphy, Region 10 small business development director.  “Jim Austin at Montrose County DHHS has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the food safety arena, and we are thrilled he is bringing our local foodies the information they need to start or expand their businesses.”

Jim Austin has served as the Montrose County environmental health director since March 2013.  Previous to that, he lived in Denver for 20+ years and directed the food inspection program for the City and County of Denver from 1992 to 1999.

The schedule is planned to repeat quarterly:

Cottage Foods: Friday, January 6, April 7, July 7, and October 6, 2017

Food Trucks:  Friday, February 3, May 5, August 4, and November 3, 2017

Restaurants: Friday, March 3, June 2, September 1, and December 1, 2017


For more information, please contact Nancy Murphy at Region 10, 970-765-3130, and/or Jim Austin at Montrose County, 970-252-5067.