On catering from the home
Grill's catering effort draws a rebuff over proper permits
By NEIL YOUNG
Saturday, July 8, 2006 8:45 PM PDT
The Daily News
BULLHEAD CITY - It's not legal for someone to cater out of their home. That's the message Rachel Patterson, environmental health manager for Mohave County, wants to get out to the public.
Patterson was reacting to a story that appeared in the Daily News on Thursday, regarding the sudden closing of the Colorado Grill and Catering Company in the Riverview Mall Monday night due to financial problems.
Having lost access to their restaurant kitchen, owners Chris and Shannon Moore were attempting to fulfill their catering commitments Wednesday by cooking out of the kitchen of their Riviera home.
“They're not supposed to be doing that out of their home and we've been trying to get ahold of them,” Patterson said, “but all of our contact information is too old now.”
“Now we're getting calls from people who have permits that had to go through the process ... you're not supposed to cook out of your home for the public. They have to have a licensed kitchen.”
Patterson said there's no way a home kitchen can be licensed for catering purposes and it's not possible to get a waiver to temporarily use a home kitchen for catering.
“Usually, if someone wants to do catering events, then they can get a commissary,” such as “a community kitchen that's been permitted by us,” she said.
“This particular couple didn't discuss this with us. We're getting phone calls,” with people asking, “why did they get to do it and I didn't?” Patterson said.
“I don't want the wrong information to get out and people automatically think it's OK to cook out of their home. They need to contact the Health Department,” she said.
“We've stopped that,” Chris Moore said Friday in response. “We've ceased all catering from our house.”
The owner of Panache Catering Company at Colorado Place has offered her facilities to the Moores. Belinda Wileman “used to be my opening sous-chef,” Moore said.
“She said she would be glad to let us use her space to fulfill the rest of our catering commitments while we're kind of examining our options,” he said.
“We're trying to farm as many (catering jobs) to her to take over as possible and then the ones that she can't handle, we'll do.”
Moore has three catering jobs scheduled for over the next two weeks.