Food safe/barista team back by popular demand

Dyan Spink and Gaetane Palardy are offering Food Safe certification and coffee barista training sessions.

Dyan Spink. left

Once again, Dyan Spink of Royston Roasting Company and Gaetane Palardy of Island Gourmet Trails are offering sessions of the B.C. Food Safe certification and coffee barista training in February and March.

Both courses have been well received. Feedback from graduates indicate the course location in a café/restaurant setting — versus a classroom — provides a real life, hands-on experience.

The barista course will be held Sunday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Royston Roasting Coffee House at 3904 Island Hwy S. in Royston. The cost is $110. Participants will receive supplies, training, barista manual and certificate, and a light lunch.

“This one-day course appeals to a number of people looking at entering the café business, or learning more about coffee and the art of espresso, not to mention the employment and travel opportunities being a fully trained and skilled barista,” says Spink. “We also get a lot of small independent restaurant and café owners inquiring and sending newly hired staff to take our course, as it is often hard to dedicate the time and high cost required to train someone while keeping a busy café on the go.”

The Food Safe Level 1 course will be held at the same locale Sunday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $120 and includes an updated course, revised 2015 Food Safe manual, certificate and a light lunch.

“Anyone pursuing employment in the food service industry in B.C. is required to have their certificate, but surprisingly we have had a lot of people who got their certification years ago, and take the updated version as refresher that relates to the food service industry and products we have today,” says Palardy, chef/entrepreneur and certified trainer.

Register at the coffee house until 2 p.m. daily, by phone at 250-871-8666 or by emailing Spink at


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