Leonard also cooks everything to order - save for the pulled pork and ribs - so it's fresh.
"Our customers are willing to wait 15 to 20 minutes because they know it's good," she said.
Kanawha-Charleston Health Department sanitarian Sean Carver said the veteran food vendors tend to serve the same types of food, so they have experience in preparing and storing it.
"We've also had preliminary meetings with the vendors to talk about the regulations and work out any potential problems," Carver said. "Some of the more difficult things are keeping cold things cold in this temperature."
Many of the vendors bring freezers and coolers while others avoid the issue altogether.
Charlie Black, with Friends of Blackwater Canyon, specializes in blackberry cobbler, peach cobbler and pepperoni rolls, and none are potentially hazardous foods, Carver said. Because of their ingredients, they have little possibility for contamination.
Black said the regulations are not difficult to follow, as he's been doing this for 10 years, and he's happy to be able to participate and raise money to protect the flying squirrels in the Blackwater Canyon.
Carver said Black appeared to be an experienced vendor. She said vendors who venture into lesser-known territory or try to develop items from scratch are more likely to set themselves up for failure.
"Not that they can't do it, and I don't want to discourage them, but that's when it takes much more effort," Carver said. "It just requires a higher level of attention and care."
Carver said she had seen only minor problems with the food vendors and none had been closed. She has found that generally items can be fixed in her presence.
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