Thursday, July 12, 2007

Food Poisoning at Taste

We thought something was missing from the press coverage at this years Taste of Chicago - and we don't mean just the lack of reporting on the gang fights and roving bands of youth molesting women. No, what we finally realized was missing was the non stop coverage of how the Health Inspectors were always out in force, checking the temperatures of freezers and refrigerators and that food was handled, stored, cooked and served properly. Usually every news station had at least some report touting the food safety issue.

Channel 2, Channel 5, Channel 7, the Sun Times and the Tribune all have coverage about a confirmed salmonella outbreak tied to a booth at the Taste.
  • Chicago health officials are investigating 17 cases right now and all 17 people have one thing in common. They all had food from the Pars Cove booth at the Taste of Chicago. Health officials have not been able to pinpoint the source of the outbreak, whether it was food handlers who did not wash their hands properly, or perhaps the food was not cooked thoroughly. The owner of the restaurant is speaking out, saying it is an unfortunate situation and that officials are focusing on the hummus that was being served at that food booth.
One wonders if there was less press coverage, maybe it's because there was actually less to cover in terms of



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pars Cove is real good to the police. and the owner is very pro police!!!!

I wish him well..

7/12/2007 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In terms of what?

7/12/2007 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never been to the Taste except when I had to work it, but I have always questioned the sanatation proceedures there. Seems to me that the whole place is dirty, and the food preperation leaves much to be desired. I am surprized that there haven't been more outbreaks of food poisioning. But maybe there have, and they were never reported.

7/12/2007 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was the police's fault. They did not check people coming in. Someone brought food poison in and the cops were lackadaisical.

7/12/2007 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see William and Willimena jump on this bandwagon. "Free money if you ate at Pars Cove" or "If you was at the Taste, the Taste owes you!" Better than a CTA accident.

7/12/2007 01:10:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

12:40 AM

Pars Cove earns * * * STARS.

Fresh superb cuisine served with exotic mid-Eastern ambience makes for a reasonably priced dining experience.

The kabobs are mouth-watering. Try the perfectly seasoned Kashk Bademjan or the boneless Chicken Fesenjan simmered in walnut pomegranate sauce.

For this evening, we're off to Charlie Trotter's.

After a recent visit to Barcelona and Ibiza, we are now searching for the best paella, tapas and sangria in town this weekend. Any tips, guys?

Sadly, I must advise all that I must cancel my Bastille Day eve wine and cheese tasting at my Lincoln Park penthouse Friday evening. I can't miss Stacy Ferguson, formerly of the Black-Eyed Peas, who will be performing at North Avenue Beach. "Fergie" sizzles. Ouch!

Bon Appetit to Chicago's Finest!

7/12/2007 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

common sense tells u that when food sits for hours in a hot environment with limited sanitation there is going to be a problem. another reason to not have the taste ( which by the way i hear was not very chaste but rather quite debased)

7/12/2007 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Possible Al Quieda plot? They are supposed to be getting back to full strength

7/12/2007 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try the lobster paella at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba on Halsted. Great tapas and sangria selections.

7/12/2007 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Quieda? That's a great Mexican restaurant. Don't go mixing them up in this mess!

7/12/2007 10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

126 people claiming food borne illness from the Taste of Chicago as of today's date. Sounds like a minor pandemic.

7/13/2007 01:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pars cove is awesome, I will always eat there, the food is great. The staff is excellent and they are always generous to the police.
I hope this doesn't afect their business t bad.

7/13/2007 03:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how can one restaurant be blamed, 3.5 million people attended. 17 got sick. oh yeh his booth had the bad food, now look at the spike in call, 60 morelawsuit, thank you chicago board of health, another place you fucked up with out evidence..owner should file lawsuit.

7/13/2007 03:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pars Cove is a nice little restuarant in 023. The original owner, the father, is the most pro police I have ever seen. His son now runs it, along with his father, and he is continuing the tradition. Support them now cause they have been supporting us for over 30 years! Stop by you will suprised by the good food and kindness.

7/13/2007 04:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7/13/2007 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone want to place an over/under on how many mutts are going to piggyback this thing in an attempt to get some quick cash in a law suit? now if it was flamming hot cheetos and grape pop, maybee... but i bet none of them have even heard of or even thought of eating indian food before but that wont stop the gold rush

7/13/2007 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a 126 Jackson Blvd. CTA bus with a minor accident at Pulaski Rd. with a dozen passengers aboard. Almost a hundred showed up at hospital emergency rooms with "injuries".

7/13/2007 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The number of citizens sickened at the Taste of Chicago is now above 370. Yeah, can't wait to go there next year,LOL

7/13/2007 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any medics or corpsman care to comment on my theory? How is it possible that people are NOW contracting food poisoning from the Taste? Unless of course they see the $$$$

Food Poisoning Overview

Food poisoning is a common, usually mild, but sometimes deadly illness. Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea that come on suddenly (within 48 hours) of consuming a contaminated food or drink. Depending on the contaminant, fever and chills, bloody stools, dehydration, and nervous system damage may follow. These symptoms may affect one person or a group of people who ate the same thing (this would be called an outbreak).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the United States alone, food poisoning causes about 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and up to 5,000 deaths each year. One of the most common bacterial forms of infection, the salmonellae organisms, account for one billion dollars in medical costs and lost work time.
Worldwide, diarrheal illnesses are among the leading causes of death. Travelers to developing countries often encounter food poisoning in the form of traveler's diarrhea or "Montezuma’s revenge." Additionally, there are new global threats to the world's food supply through terrorist actions using food toxins as weapons

7/13/2007 06:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7/13/2007 09:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got the shits and been throwing up all over the place in a CTA bus that just banged a car.

Yo, where do I file my lawsuit??

7/13/2007 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost 500 claiming food poisoning now, two lawsuits files as we speak.
Can't wait to hit the Taste of Chicago next year!!!

7/17/2007 02:00:00 AM  

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