Catering License

So, you’ve been the most talked-about host on the block for years, and now you’d like to use those skills to become a Caterer. Good for you! It’s always fun to follow your passion.

But, before you start concocting new seafood platters and whipping up dozens of miniature crème brûlées, you must first get the business side of things in order. Here’s how.


Since you’re interested in becoming a Caterer, you’ve probably had a long-standing passion for cooking. While you may already have a foundation, why not boost your resume and your confidence by enrolling in some cooking classes? Not only can you earn a catering certificate to plump up your resume, but you’ll also get the opportunity to work with Caterers. This will help you decide if it’s a good career choice for you.

Your Caterer training doesn’t end with filling your recipe file with mouthwatering appetizers. You must also learn the ins and outs of having your own business. A huge part of that is learning the laws in your area.

Because laws are different from state to state, go to the courthouse and ask what agencies monitor catering in your state. Then contact that entity about getting your catering license.

Next Step

With the catering application in hand, it’s time to gather up all pertinent documents and complete the application form. Check and double-check for completeness and accuracy so your meatballs don’t get cold waiting for approval to serve. You may have to submit to an inspection of your workspace. Also, expect to pay a fee for the application process.

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