Caterers – not restaurants

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CATERERS — not restaurants


This classification applies to employers engaged exclusively in the preparation, delivery and setup or service of hot and cold food at customer-specified locations for weddings, conferences, parties, meetings or similar events and includes the pouring and serving of beverages in connection with the employer’s catering operations. Employers typically prepare large quantities of food in advance that are kept warm and served from a warming tray or similar device or reheated and served hot. Employers do not maintain a location for customers to dine-in or consume beverages, or for the preparation of individually ordered meals for consumption away from the premises.

Employers that do not operate restaurants but manufacture or process individually packaged meals or salads that are not cooked to order, kept warm or served hot to the walk-in trade shall be classified as 6504, Food Products Mfg. or Processing.

Mobile food vendors that prepare hot food shall be classified as 9081(1), Restaurants – N.O.C. Mobile food vendors that do not prepare hot food shall be classified as 8017(1), Stores – retail, 8078(1), Sandwich Shops, 8078(2), Beverage Preparation Shops, or 8078(3), Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt Shops, depending on the products sold.

App-based on-demand Delivery Network Companies (DNC) that deliver restaurant meals on a fee basis shall be classified as 7198(1), Parcel Delivery and Messenger Service Companies.

Off-site catering operations performed by a restaurant or hotel shall be assigned to the applicable Food and Beverage Service Industry Group classification.