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Hire a permitted caterer to keep guests safe.

Make sure your caterer has a Health Department permit.

Caterers need a permit to operate in Pierce County. Permitted caterers are safer for you and your guests because they:

  • Use an approved, regularly inspected kitchen.
  • Have equipment for safe food preparation, transport and service.
  • Have staff trained in safe food handling practices.
  • Discard refrigerated food left at room temperature for more than four hours.

Make sure your venue has the right facilities.

If your venue doesn’t have the following facilities, your caterer may have to supply them:

  • Restroom facilities with handwashing.
  • Hot and cold running water and handwash sinks in the food preparation area.
  • Equipment to keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
  • Protected area for food preparation and assembly.

What if someone gets sick?

If guests don’t feel well, encourage them to go home. Many illnesses spread easily from person to person.

  • If you think you have food poisoning, let your doctor and the Health Department know.
    • Symptoms include upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
    • Symptoms can take minutes or weeks to show up.

Find a permitted caterer in Pierce County.

Are you looking for a caterer? Check out the list of permitted caterers in Pierce County.

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