Is Hiring an Unlicensed Caterer a Bad Idea?

We live in a world where everyone is trying to save a few dollars. We totally understand as we, too, try to save wherever possible. However, there are a few instances where cutting corners can be a bad thing. One of those corners you should avoid cutting is hiring an unlicensed Raleigh event catering company.

Why you ask? In today’s post we’re going to explain to you why hiring a food vendor that does not have the proper licensing is a bad idea. However, if you need affordable Raleigh catering for your next event, don’t hesitate to call Catering by Design.

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Avoid Hiring Unlicensed Caterers

Hiring an unlicensed catering company puts you and your guests at an extremely high risk. When you hire a Raleigh event catering company that has the correct licenses you’ll ensure that you’re eating food that was prepared in a safe, sanitary facility that has been inspected. Furthermore, you’ll be protecting your guests from food-borne illness and food poisoning.

In fact, to even obtain a license to operate a catering business in North Carolina, the company’s kitchen has to pass an inspection from the county’s health department. Only after the kitchen has passed the strict inspection can the license be issued.

Recent Issues

In the state of Washington, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department recently had their hands full with an outbreak of a food-borne illness. Based on their reports, approximately 175 people could have been sickened by salmonella. Investigators for the Health Department found that the food supplier, Mr. Rick’s Catering, was an unlicensed business.

The owner of the unlicensed caterer told investigators that when cooking the chicken for the event, he first used a barbecue grill to partially cook it, and then took it into a friend’s rental house to finish the meal off in their kitchen, something not allowed under NC or WA law.

So there you have it, it’s never a good idea to hire an unlicensed catering company to feed you or your guests. If you still have questions about why you should only hire a properly licensed catering company, please give us a call for more information.

Affordable Raleigh Event Catering | Catering by Design

Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your Raleigh event catering needs. We make your holiday event easy since we do all the work. Call now and ask about our holiday specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, luncheons, and awards banquets, to weddings, anniversary parties, social events and holiday gatherings, Catering by Design will ensure your food and fun is top shelf quality. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. Please give us a call today to learn more about why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh event catering services!

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