Food Crew Co-Leads: Todd Davies and Karen O'Connor
The Food Crew is responsible for all aspects of providing most meals for all Bike Rally participants. The Food Crew is divided into two teams, each guided by a team captain who works closely with the Food Crew Lead, who has overall responsibility. The teams work on alternate meals in order to break up the work day and to ensure adequate staffing at the various locations where meals are provided. A catering company travels with the Food Crew and is responsible for supplying the majority of the food and meal preparation dishes. In addition, Rider teams are assigned to assist the Food Crew with serving and cleaning up.
A day in the life of a Food Crew member
The day begins early on the Bike Rally! Food Crew members have to get up, tear down their tent, pack up their belongings and gear, have a good breakfast and be on the road by 9:00 AM. Once breakfast is done (breakfast is served from 6:15-7:00 AM) and all equipment and supplies have been packed up, it’s on to lunch where the Food Crew lunch team does it all again.
Lunch is generally served around 11:00, depending on when the Food Crew arrives and when the Riders begin arriving. Lunch gets “shut down” once the last of the Riders and Crew arrive. After lunch the Food Crew moves on to the campsite for the night. Food Crew members have time to set up their tents and get settled before the supper rush. A snack table is also set up by the Food Crew to ensure arriving Bike Rally participants don’t starve before supper is served (generally from 6:00 – 7:30 PM).
- Must be able to work in a team environment and take direction from Team Captain and/or Food Crew Lead
- Pre-Bike Rally assistance required with packing and picking up vehicle
- Must be comfortable handling, preparing food and using portable burner
- Must be comfortable lifting heavy items such as tables, large pots of hot water, cases of pop or juice, etc.
- Ensure food safety standards are met according to provided guidelines and training
- Must be flexible with respect to scheduling, as workday varies
- Must be able to set up and break down own tent
- All drivers must have a valid driver’s licence
- May be required to drive vehicles including oversized vehicle
- Must be available for meetings and training sessions prior to the ride
- Set up, organize and tear down of food service tables
- Assisting caterer with food preparation and organize food on service tables (includes removal of items from food service vehicles
- Ensuring food quality (check expiration dates on items, check for spoilage, placing spoilable food on ice, etc.)
- Serve food as appropriate
- Organize beverage station(s) and re-stock as appropriate
- Re-stock supplies as needed during meal
- Clean up and reload food service vehicles which includes: cleaning of preparation and serving dishes, tear down of meal service area, set up, monitoring and tear down of dish washing station(s), set up of garbage, recycling and composting stations and ready full bags for drop off/pick up
Food Team Captains, additional responsibilities
- Must possess leadership skills
- Must ensure safe transportation of Crew members and supplies
- Must direct Crew to ensure schedules are met and food safety guidelines are followed
- Must direct Rider teams with assistance from Food Crew Lead
- Must communicate with Food Crew Lead to keep him/her informed of progress and problems
- Must check food stocks, and communicate reorder requests to Food Crew Lead
Lots of volunteers are needed to make the Friends For Life Bike Rally a success.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 21:46