Post # 1
Has anyone dealt with a caterer not allowing you to box up the food from a reception and take it with you? A friend told me a caterer she worked with would not allow this. Something about Health Department rules. She also said the food can only be out for 2 hours.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’ve definitely heard of this and I also sort of feel like a wedding is a weird event to ask for a to-go box at.
Post # 4
I think it must depend where you are, and on health regulations and the caterer’s policies. I’ve known some people who definitely were given all the leftover food after their wedding receptions while others weren’t.
Post # 5
That would suck! We had extra cookies from our cookies to go bar at the end of the night. We took them home and had cookies for week lol. We did a plated meal so no left overs for us. But i’m surprised they won’t let you take home food you paid for.
Post # 6
I wasn’t so much thinking of the guests taking it home. But I would certainly like the option of sending it home with parents and friends who helped out. I didn’t know if this was common or my friend was dealing with a bad caterer.
Post # 7
Liability. They are protecting themselves if the food is compromised after it leaves the premises and someone gets sick and tries to sue. Buffets and food stations can only be left out for a certain time limit so the food doesn’t enter the danger zone with temperatures. It should be standard practice to ensure quality food service.
Post # 8
I don’t think caterers come prepared even with to-go boxes. Are you asking in terms of like, guests wanting they’re uneaten food on the plate to go, or more like the bride/groom getting the un-served food left from cocktail hour or a buffet line? The former will just never happen with a caterer, the latter my guess is you’d really have to ask the caterer but I suppose most people just don’t want to deal with it post-wedding.
Post # 9
A buffett line. If I wanted to box it up and take it down to the police department, or a shelter. Or just stuff my face for the next week 🙂 It’s not a huge deal. Just a bit of a surprise.
Post # 10
My caterer informed me there is a such rule but she does not reinforce it. She does however throw in a clause if any bride should want the leftover food that it is at their own risk and any food bourne illness contracted from such items is not her responsibilty. Basically just covers herself should the food be contaminated while it was out, i totally understand this from a business aspect. Since im having our wedding at a rented residence i have chosen to keep the items as the preparation and such is occuring at the residence’s own kitchen and feel as long as the food is kept at proper tempatures we should have no issues. I cant imagine throwing out all of the food i paid so much for!!!
Post # 11
In Ontario due to health and food regulations, you cannot take food to go from a caterer or venue, the exception is desserts. Cake, pasteries, fruit etc. can be taken home. Our venue is supplying boxes at the end of the night when the lights go on, if anyone is left at that time they can take home dessert, which is way better than trashing it all. Plus our venue has a portion system to ensure there is no cooked food left over so there is nothing to take but desserts anyways.
Post # 12
Yes, I asked for to go boxes for our late night snack, incase guests wanted to take it back to their room, and I was told they could take the French fries back but none of the meat for the sliders, due to health codes.