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Obie's Dairybar among Gold Plate Award winners

Zoe Greszler • Mar 17, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Huron County Public Health announced the winners of the 2015 Gold Plate Awards, which acknowledges food service establishments that maintain excellent food safety practices. This year the health department awarded more than 30 establishments, 12 of which were located in Norwalk.

One of these went to Obie’s Dairybar and Pizza Shack, who thought it was “very cool.”

“I don’t think we had any health violations this year,” said owner Marsha Summerfield. “We started in 2013. There was a violation, (it was) kind of minor. But I don’t think we’ve had any since then.”

Summerfield said the the health degree of her business is important to her. 

“Who likes a stomach ache?” Summerfield said. “I believe in what the health department does. Not every country does that. It’s a wonderful thing that we have. It doesn’t take that much. A lot of it is about the temperature of things; you cant have it in danger zone.”

Summerfield she does what she can to help promote a health-conscious environment.

“We’ve sent (a total of) eight people to a food safety class since we’ve opened and we post things the (health department) has given us,” she said. “It’s about creating a habit of doing it right. Parts of it could be (difficult). It’s more difficult the busier you get. But it’s easier for people to slack on what their supposed to be doing if you don’t keep it as habit. It has to be a habit.” 

Currently the Dairybar, which advertises homemade ice cream, is featuring a summer kick-off flavor.

“Right now our special is homemade lemon custard pie ice cream. We make it here and it’s very good. The way people are coming in for it I’m not sure how long it will last,” Summerfield said.  “We have a lot of good food. We have great pizza, a variety of subs, a nice variety of appetizers and really good salads that are made of darker greens, we have Lake Erie Perch sandwiches. ... We have the Angus burger right down to the BLT and fried bologna. I think it’s a nice variety of sandwiches.”

The Golden Plate Awards are given annually and are based on performance from the previous year. The Gold Plate Award program is voluntary and establishments must apply to be considered.

Other winners of the prestigious award were: Norwalk’s Arby’s, The Bellevue Hospital, Careworks, Inc., Catering By Design, Willard’s Domino’s, Greenwich’s East of Chicago, Fisher Titus Medical Center, First United Methodist Daycare, New London’s Subway/Gas Depot, Glass Bar, H&B’s Hop, Hound Dog Hop, Huron County Jail, Kindernest Child Development Center, Lynmarie’s Coffee On Main, Miller’s Drive In, LLC, Monroeville Local Schools, Norwalk Childcare Center, Norwalk Pizza Post, Pizza Cravin, Plymouth Community Center, Bellevue’s St. Paul’s Daycare, Starview Drive In, Pizza Wheel, Twilight Gardens, Twist and Shout, Vargo’s Drive In, Western Reserve Elementary School, Western Reserve High School, Willard Golf Club, Bellevue’s The Willows, 

Criteria for winning the Gold Plate Award include holding a valid food license, receiving an average score of 90 or higher on two annual inspections, and not receiving any administrative actions or being implicated in any food borne illness outbreaks during the last two years.

To see the inspection results for any Huron County restaurant, visit www.huroncohealth.com and select “Health Inspection Reports.”

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