Outlaw caterers beware!
Just want to relate an experience that I had recently. I was asked to cook for a wedding reception for about 200. I've done such events many times for friends in the past and all went well. This was for a friend's niece that I don't know. Didn't feel comfortable cooking for complete strangers so I declined. I don't have current serve safe certification. Got no insurance for this stuff either. The whole thing just didn't feel right.
Boy did I dodge a bullet. Approximately 80 people got food poisoning at the event. They haven't determined the source of the bug yet. The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating. I'm sure of my cooking skills and safe food handling practices but that would not protect me from being lumped in with the food prepared by others. I think I'll just cook at home for my family until I procur the proper certification and insurance.