In general most states that permit in-home catering require customers to obtain a catering permit. However, to get a catering permit, applicants need to take a quiz proving they are knowledgeable about food hygiene laws including the temperature at which food items should be cooked and how to safely store food. Although there are many foods that can be served at home, it is a good idea to check with your local authorities on the regulations applicable in your area before embarking on your own catering operation.
Another consideration when catering for the holidays is the menu. There are many different cuisines to choose from, as well as several types of food preparation methods. Some catering menus include a variety of food that has a long shelf life such as meat. On the other hand, some catering menus are more seasonal and therefore provide food that’s only available during specific holiday periods.
When choosing a menu, it is important to choose a holiday meal that is appropriate for everyone. For instance, a family meal is different than an adult’s holiday meal. The number of guests you plan to serve also varies. So do some research on what is popular for each holiday and make sure the menu includes a holiday staple, such as finger foods, appetizers and desserts.
One important consideration when selecting your menu is the type of food you’ll be serving. Many catering menus require the host or hostess to prepare the dishes, while others will ask for the assistance of a caterer. If you choose to hire a caterer, make sure you make a list of items you need to serve and get in touch with the caterer as soon as possible. The caterer will provide you with a list of dishes to purchase and you can then select one or more items for the meal to be prepared.
When deciding between a caterer and preparing your own meal, it is also very important to consider the number of guests you’re planning to serve. There are some caterers that provide the food and others that will arrange for you to purchase the food and then serve it for the event. Most catering companies will work with a wide range of guest sizes so it is important to think about whether or not you’ll be serving more guests than you would have in the event or if you are planning to serve fewer guests. In addition, some caterers offer the option to serve dessert and other beverages, and snacks as part of the menu, so you should also look into these options if you’re planning on serving.
Whether you choose to hire a caterer to cook your holiday meals or prepare them yourself, you will find that there are many details that need to be considered before choosing the right type of catering menu for your holiday meals. So don’t hesitate to contact your local authorities and ask questions to find out what is required in your area.