A caterer is responsible for providing food and beverage options during an event or party. If you are interested in catering a private party in New York, you can do so through having the proper materials and obtaining a catering permit from New York State. Make sure you file the appropriate paperwork with the state prior to committing to cater a private party in case there is an issue with your application.
Fill out Form DOH – 3915, which is an Application for Permit to Operate. To legally cater a private party in the state of New York you will need to complete this application. Information required within this application includes your contact information, the reason why you’re filing for a permit as well as food ingredients and their manufacturer.
Pay permit fee and hand-deliver the application to your local New York State health department. As of 2010, this application requires a fee of $75. After delivering the application, expect a response within 15 to 30 days. The New York State Online Permit Assistance and Licensing division states the most common reason for permit denial is insufficient information, thus ensure you provide accurate and complete details on the application.
Prepare for the event by purchasing necessary catering equipment. Common equipment needed include chafers, which keep food warm, food carriers as well as cook and hold ovens to prepare dishes on-site. Other items may include beverage dispensers as well as tables to place the food on.
Cook the food. Prepare slightly more food than originally requested in case of an accident on the way to the event.
Place the food on the catering table, and provide silverware and other utensils for party goers.
Discuss any special ingredient requests with the client prior to making dishes to ensure you avoid using items party goers may be allergic to.
Do not provide alcohol unless you have applied for a Special Event Permit given by the New York State Liquor Authority.
New York Health Department: Application for a Permit to Operate
New York State O.P.A.L.: Food Service Establishment, Permit to Operate
New York State Liquor Authority: Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.trans.abc.state.ny.us/JSP/permit/SpecialPermitInstructPage.jsp New York State Liquor Authority: Special Event Permit Application