TEXAS CITY — Fifty-four of the county’s cleanest food service establishments are school cafeterias, Galveston County Health District officials said.

The 17th Gold Ribbon awards were presented recently, and school cafeterias dominated the presentations that recognize food service places that are the best at following state health regulations. The health district regulates all public kitchens in Galveston County.

“Recognized establishments demonstrate consistent and cooperative efforts to protect the health and safety of the public they serve,” health district officials said.

To be eligible for the Gold Ribbon, an establishment must maintain a record of satisfactory food temperatures, must have no confirmed food-borne illness complaints, must have at least one certified food service manager employed, must have no significant number of demerits from inspections, must have a good cleaning and maintenance program, must have evidence of staff discussions or training and show special effort to comply with the rules by the use of food safety aids.

One of the standouts at the awards was the Dickinson school district. Each of the school district’s campuses won Gold Ribbons.

Winning the award has become a habit for the Dickinson food services department, its Director Judy Lee said. The school district won its first Gold Ribbon 17 years ago when the health district started the awards.

The Dickinson Food Services Department serves 7,000 lunches, 3,000 breakfasts and 12,000 a la carte meals a day, Lee said.

A key to Dickinson’s winning ways?

“All managers, assistant managers and supervisory staff are ServSafe certified for basic food safety, personal hygiene, cross-contamination and allergens, time and temperature, and cleaning and sanitation through the National Restaurant Association,” Lee said.

The health district inspects more than 1,500 licensed food establishments in the county.

“Consumers expect safe food and our inspectors assist businesses and other food operators in providing that,” Health District Director Mark Guidry said. “Inspectors often note deficiencies, but the great news of Gold Ribbon Awards is recognizing excellence.”

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

At a glance

The Galveston County Health District presented the 17th Gold Ribbon awards recently. School cafeterias dominated the presentations that recognize food service places that are the best at following state health regulations.

  • Galveston County Health District Gold Ribbon winners
  • Dickinson ISD: Barber Middle School, Bay Colony Elementary, Calder Road Elementary, Dickinson High School, Dunbar Middle School, Hughes Elementary, K.E. Little Elementary, McAdams Jr. High School, San Leon Elementary, Silbernagel Elementary
  • Clear Creek ISD: Art and Pat Goforth Elementary, Brookside Intermediate, Clear Creek High School, Clear Creek Intermediate, Clear Springs High School, Creekside Intermediate, Darwin L. Gilmore Elementary, Henry Bauerschlag Elementary, I.W. Hyde Elementary, James H. Ross Elementary, Lavace Stewart Elementary, League City Elementary, League City Intermediate, Lloyd R. Ferguson Elementary, Ralph Parr Elementary, Sandra Mossman Elementary, Walter Hall Elementary
  • Friendswood ISD: Cline Primary School, Friendswood Jr. High School, Windsong Intermediate, Zue Bales Intermediate
  • Galveston ISD: Ball High School, Central Middle School, Crenshaw Elementary and Middle School, Gladnieo Parker Elementary, Gretta E. Oppe Elementary, Kipp Coastal Village Elementary, Kipp Middle School, L.A. Morgan Elementary, Scott Collegiate Academy, Stephen F. Austin Middle School
  • La Marque ISD: Simms Elementary
  • Santa Fe ISD: D. Kubacak Elementary, R.J. Wollam Elementary, Santa Fe Jr. High School, Santa Fe High School
  • Texas City ISD: Blocker Middle School, Heights Elementary, Kohfeldt Elementary, Levi Fry Intermediate, Northside Elementary, Roosevelt-Wilson Elementary, Texas City High School.

    Restaurants and cafes (by community)
  • Bacliff: Big D’s Texas Style BBQ
  • Bayou Vista: Bayou Bistro
  • Clear Lake shores: Opus Bistro
  • Dickinson: Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse
  • Friendswood: Kandiland Day School, Kid City #3, Primrose School of Friendswood
  • Galveston: Albertine Yeager Children’s Home, Christus Our Daily Bread, Eatcetera, First Step Learning Center, Galveston Island Convention Center, GCCAC Ziegler Head Start, Koala Kare Day Care, McDonald’s #7965, Rainforest Café, St. Vincent’s House, Target Store T-1535, Texas A&M Dining Service, What-A-Burger #81
  • Hitchcock: El Sombrero Cafe
  • Kemah: Wingstop
  • La Marque: LJ Umm-Umm Good Catering, Star Kids Education & Care Center
  • League City: Baywind Village Care Center, Buc-ee’s, Burger King, Children’s Lighthouse, Devereaux Hospital, Fiona Bakery, Kiddie Academy, Kids R Kids #22, Kids R Kids #29, Kids R Kids #60, Ludwig’s Catering, McDonald’s #08233, Panda Express #1363, Primrose School of League City, Regent Care Center, The School Zone League City, What-A-Burger #592
  • Texas City: Ashton Parke Care Center, COM Child Development Lab, McDonald’s #3496, The Olive Garden #1398, Sam’s Club #8190

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