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Old 04-04-2010, 02:27 PM   #1
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If you gain the use of an offsite certified kitchen, can you cooked the "prepped" meat anywhere? If a different site, what is most likely required for transporting the uncooked prepped meat?

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If you use an offsite certified kitchen, do you have to store stock there, or would a dedicated commercial fridge anywhere suffice?

I'd like to get started in a little catering and want to get some ducks in a row before asking the HD.
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #2
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Honestly, if your just going to do private parties, skip the kitchen & HD & cook onsite.
A kitchen would be used for prep, cooking & storage transporting varies county to county. You can NOT store food items anywhere but that kitchen. .
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Old 04-04-2010, 03:46 PM   #3
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Talking to the HD is not necessarily a bad thing, and may help shorten your research time on what to do where. Cooked on site will help you avoid the situation all together.

Every place is different - Lotta hoops we jump thru here in So Cal for catering. We're lucky and have an FDA approved commercial kitchen to work out of, so a lot of the headaches and worry have gone away.

Best of luck!
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Yup...what they said...^^^...I only do "private gigs"...(not public)...and I prep/cook everything on-site. High heat pork butts and briskets are a lifesaver btw...
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I was talking to the HD in San Antonio recently. They told me that for private party's I have no obligation at all to any HD rules.
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I'm thinking of trying to get my comp trailer certified. I just want to be open to more than onsite private partys in the future.
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I'm thinking of trying to get my comp trailer certified. I just want to be open to more than onsite private partys in the future.
Welcome to a wonderful new world. The HD is your firend, be nice to them and under no circumstances make them mad (right Bubba). Seriuosly it's a big step form approved vending windows to self closing doors to ceiling ventilation to commercial refrigeration to writing SOP's here in MI to .....) But when done you can not only cater but also vend so it's a big plus if you're serious about doing BBQ for money.

And if all you want to do is cater then don't do it. Way to much cost and hassle. If you can have a regular job and do a gig on a weekend you can cook anywhere so long as it's a private party and you don't tell. Even cook, freeze and reheat pork, etc.
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:43 PM   #8
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Welcome to a wonderful new world. The HD is your firend, be nice to them and under no circumstances make them mad (right Bubba). Seriuosly it's a big step form approved vending windows to self closing doors to ceiling ventilation to commercial refrigeration to writing SOP's here in MI to .....) But when done you can not only cater but also vend so it's a big plus if you're serious about doing BBQ for money.

And if all you want to do is cater then don't do it. Way to much cost and hassle. If you can have a regular job and do a gig on a weekend you can cook anywhere so long as it's a private party and you don't tell. Even cook, freeze and reheat pork, etc.
I need some of the parts from your old trailer.

I'd like to be able to some vending at festivals in the future or roadside. This is solely secondary. I have a fulltime job that is primary, but would like to suppliment my income since I have 3-4 days off each week.
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