HELENA – This year a record number of local food providers received a Gold Fork Award from Lewis and Clark Public Health.

The Gold Fork awards were established in 2011 to recognize establishments that have an effective food-safety system that reduces or eliminates the risk of food borne illnesses.

Supervisor of the food-facility inspection program Laurel Riek says that she’s thrilled to see facilities do everything possible to keep public food same.

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“We love the fact that there are 21 Gold Fork Award winners,” says Riek, “This is what we dreamed of when we put this system together.”

To win a Gold Fork the establishment had to have a documented food-safety system including: food-safety management training for all staff, procedures to maintain safe food temperatures and have employee health policies.

A total of 55 local food establishments were recognized for their exceptional efforts this year.

Silver Fork award winners; courtesy of Lewis and Clark Public Health

Gold Fork Awards Winners:

  • Applebee’s Grill and Bar
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Burger King (3130 N. Sanders St.)
  • Capital High School
  • Capital High Sodexo
  • Costco Wholesale
  • CR Anderson Middle School
  • East Valley Middle School, East Helena
  • Eastgate School, East Helena
  • Four Georgians School
  • Hawthorne School
  • Helena Dinner Club, Neighborhood Center
  • Helena Middle School
  • Jefferson School
  • Lincoln School, Lincoln
  • Panda Express
  • Pizza Hut (3267 N. Montana Ave.)
  • Radley School, East Helena
  • Target Food Avenue Express
  • Warren School
  • Wendy’s

Silver Fork Award Winners:

  • Apple-Rehab West (Cooney Home)
  • Arby’s
  • Augusta Dinner Club, Augusta
  • Augusta Public Schools
  • Broadwater School
  • Bryant School
  • Burger King (2820 Prospect Ave.)
  • C Bar N Mission, Augusta
  • Central-Linc. School
  • Dairy Queen Grill & Chill (1700 Prospect Ave.)
  • Green Meadow Country Club
  • Hardee’s (1919 E. Custer Ave.)
  • Hardee’s (320 Euclid Ave.)
  • Intermountain Children’s Home
  • Jim Darcy School
  • Kessler School
  • Lazy B Bar and Café, Augusta
  • Lincoln Pit Stop, Lincoln
  • Lucca’s
  • Masonic Home of Montana
  • McDonald’s (1901 Prospect Ave.)
  • Montana Club
  • Montana Law Enforcement Academy
  • Moose Junction
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Ray Bjork Learning Center
  • Real Food Store & Deli
  • Rossiter School
  • Shodair Residential Treatment Center
  • Smith School
  • Starbucks (1300 Prospect Ave.)
  • Taco John’s (2301 N. Montana Ave.)
  • Wolf Creek School Lunch Program