Post # 1
A family friend offered to do our cake as her gift to us. She’s REALLY good- she did FMIL’s wedding cake this summer and it was hands down the best wedding cake I’ve ever had. It stayed moist for 4 days after.
The downside: she’s not licensed, and our venue only allows licensed bakers.
I totally understand the legality issue, but I’m wondering- she has had her cakes served at resorts, clubs, etc. in her area. Do you think if I got references from places where her cakes have been served they may make an exception?
It just stinks, because we had a budget set that included free cake, and now we may have to spend more on that than we spent on my dress :-
Post # 3
you can try. The venue may not agree to it but it’s worth a shot.
Post # 4
Since the venue only allows licensed bakers to provide the cake, don’t push the issue. They are following regulations from the local health dept and are not allowed to bend the rules for anyone for any reason. So asking them if they can will only cause you stress and heartache if you have your mind set on it. Thank your friend for the kind offer but let her know that you have the cake taken care of already.
Post # 5
@sarahsmiles84: I agree with Ember78 that your venue probably won’t budge due to health and food regulations they must follow. However, perhaps your friend can instead provide a cake for your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner? I know it isn’t the same, but at least she can still create something special for you under the circumstances.
Post # 6
Licensing in some jurisdictions isn’t that difficult. My Girl Scout troop had to get licensed for a food stand at a venue, and it literally involved taking a two hour course in food safety and paying $15 for the license.
Post # 7
My venue is the same, no unlicensed vendors. Unfortunately, it’s usually a state restriction. If the venue were caught violating it (or if, heaven forbid, someone happened to get sick due to the food and sue them), they could lose their operator’s license. Maybe you can have the friend make a cake for your rehearsal dinner, or provide the “tier” you guys will be enjoying on your one-year anniversary? 🙂
Post # 8
As @Mrs.Darling: said – isn’t there a way your friend could get the license? If it is not difficult/expensive, I would definitely consider this option!
Post # 9
This is a tough one. Unfortunately it is a difficult situation. There are a few remedies.
A: for her to get a licence… Not as easy as one might thing as in most states this involves having your home kitchen inspected by the local Board of Health. But it is totally do able and seems like it would be helpful in her future endeavors.
That site has a ton of info to help.
B: Another idea is for her to rent a licensed kitchen and use that, while getting a business license thru city hall.
I know she is a friend, but your venue has this rule for a reason. It protects you, the baker and the venue.