FAQ: Selling drinks at temporary events Macomb County Michigan

Do you need a permit for selling drinks at a temporary event in Macomb County Michigan?  The answer is yes.

Other than a few exceptions, food is considered anything that can be consumed by humans.  This includes beverages and ice.

Even if you are giving away food and beverages you are still required to have food license in Macomb County.

If you require a food license, you can contact your local health department in Macomb County.

You can always contact the Macomb County Health Department with additional questions at 586-469-5236.


Michigan Laws for Non-Profit Bake Sales

A frequent question asked is “Do we need to have a food license to hold a bake sale for our non-profit?”.

The answer is no.  The Food Law of 200 established a new license exemption that affects charitable, religious, fraternal, and other non-profit organizations.

Part of the licensing exemptions covers:

Bake sales or potlucks run by a charitable, religious, fraternal or other non-profit organization and serving only home-prepared goods

This means that your non-profit bake sales is exempt from needing a food license.

Since the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) has the right to determine if you require a license if you feel you fall outside of these guidelines, it’s best to check if you are exempt.

If you have questions, drop them in the comment section or shoot us an email bjr[at]envicareinc.com


Midland MI ServSafe Food Safety Certification Class May 2011

ServSafe Food Manager Certification Classes

These ServSafe Food Safety certification classes will cover the following principles: causes and prevention of foodborne illness, microorganisms, safe food handling techniques, safe food storage, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, past control, employees’ personal hygiene, employee education and motivation, Michigan’s Food Service Law, management’s responsibilities and the inspection process.
  • The ServSafe Management certification is good for 5 years from the date it is issued.
  • Price includes ServSafe Book, Coffee Refreshments, and Lunch.
  • Book is mailed within 24 hours of payment.

Important Links:

ServSafe Practice Exam

ServSafe Classes Michigan

Additional Services

Online ServSafe Class

Food Safety Audits

Food Safety Consulting

Visit our website:  Michigan Food Consultant


Warren MI Metro Detroit Macomb County ServSafe Food Manager Certification Class May 2011

ServSafe Management Certification Class
These classes will cover the following principies: causes and prevention of foodborne illness, microorganisms, safe food handling techniques, safe food storage, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, past control, employees’ personal hygiene, employee education and motivation, Michigan’s Food Service Law, management’s responsibilities and the inspection process.
  • The certification is good for 5 years from the date it is issued.
  • Price includes ServSafe Book, Coffee Refreshments, and Lunch.
  • Book is mailed within 24 hours of payment.

Warren MI Metro Detroit Macomb County ServSafe Food Manager Certification Class April 2011

ServSafe Management Certification Class
These classes will cover the following principies: causes and prevention of foodborne illness, microorganisms, safe food handling techniques, safe food storage, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, past control, employees’ personal hygiene, employee education and motivation, Michigan’s Food Service Law, management’s responsibilities and the inspection process.
  • The certification is good for 5 years from the date it is issued.
  • Price includes ServSafe Book, Coffee Refreshments, and Lunch.
  • Book is mailed within 24 hours of payment.

Midland MI ServSafe Food Safety Class March 2011

ServSafe Food Manager Certification Classes

These ServSafe Food Safety certification classes will cover the following principles: causes and prevention of foodborne illness, microorganisms, safe food handling techniques, safe food storage, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, past control, employees’ personal hygiene, employee education and motivation, Michigan’s Food Service Law, management’s responsibilities and the inspection process.
  • The ServSafe Management certification is good for 5 years from the date it is issued.
  • Price includes ServSafe Book, Coffee Refreshments, and Lunch.
  • Book is mailed within 24 hours of payment.

Important Links:

ServSafe Practice Exam

ServSafe Classes Michigan

Additional Services

Online ServSafe Class

Food Safety Audits

Food Safety Consulting

Visit our website:  Michigan Food Consultant


Should Food Safety be Mandatory for Every Staff Member

There is no doubt that food safety is critical.  With Michigan requiring that you only need one certified food safety manager, is that enough?

During a recent food safety managers class an interesting discussion took place regarding that question.

The students who were restaurant employees mentioned their concern with taking time off for certification.  The owners talked about the issue of cost.  Both told stories about the struggle to consistently implement standard food safety procedures.

Two examples brought up:

  1. Employees touching money were not washing their hands
  2. Employee touching their face or hair and not washing their hands
  3. Employee has the start of a cold/virus coming in to work

As a restaurant manager or owner, how do you combat this?  If the certified manager isn’t there, who reminds the employees to follow the basics?

It was agreed that the signs regarding food safety did little to remind. After a while it’s just a piece of paper on a wall.

A great suggestion was implementing a regular training for employees (of course WE like that idea).  This is a simple way to make sure your employees are on board.  The next step is key.

KEEP IT SHORT.  Do you like sitting i n 2 hour meetings? Neither do your employees.  Some ideas to keep it simple:

  • Food safety training every other month
  • Train non-management employees to train on food safety
  • Keep it down to the basics. Focus on key critical areas
  • No longer than 20 -30 minutes
  • Give incentives to those employees that teach

By empowering non-management employees to teach the class, you are creating advocates to make sure you plan is implemented.

How are you insuring food safety is a priority at your place of business?


Saginaw ServSafe Management Class December 2010

ServSafe Management Certification Class
Short Review & Test
These classes will cover the following principies: causes and prevention of foodborne illness, microorganisms, safe food handling techniques, safe food storage, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, past control, employees’ personal hygiene, employee education and motivation, Michigan’s Food Service Law, management’s responsibilities and the inspection process.
The certification is good for 5 years from the date it is issued.
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Warren MI Metro Detroit Macomb County ServSafe Food Manager Certification Class December 2010

ServSafe Management Certification Class
These classes will cover the following principies: causes and prevention of foodborne illness, microorganisms, safe food handling techniques, safe food storage, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, past control, employees’ personal hygiene, employee education and motivation, Michigan’s Food Service Law, management’s responsibilities and the inspection process.
  • The certification is good for 5 years from the date it is issued.
  • Price includes ServSafe Book, Coffee Refreshments, and Lunch.
  • Book is mailed within 24 hours of payment.

More information on  ServSafe Classes Michigan

Visit our website:  Michigan Food Consultant

ServSafe Management Certification Class


Personal Chef Food License Needed?

As a personal chef at home business (arrangements have been made to cook in homes) you are not required to be licensed with the State of Michigan.  You would require a license if you are selling a product.

Business Tip:

Consider purchasing liability insurance or consider being bonded before starting a Personal Chef/Chef at Home business.