Courtesy of Paige H., Patchwork Farms, Austin, TX:
When researching local regulations regarding restaurant sales, make sure you ask agencies at both the city and state levels. If you get conflicting answers, don’t be surprised. Your next stop should then be some restaurant managers . They’re the ones who have to answer to the Health Department when they drop in for inspections. The restaurants have to be intimately familiar with the regulations that govern them. Follow that with caterers in your area who are usually running independent operations and had to do everything themselves to set up their kitchens and packing systems based on regulations.