Potluck Events
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Applying MN Statutes, section 157.22, on “potluck”

What is a potluck?

A meal at which attendees bring food that is donated and shared by the attendees. Also known as a potluck supper. Any fundraising efforts must be separate from the potluck event. Events sponsored by a licensed food establishment or for which food is prepared or held in the kitchen of a licensed food establishment is not a potluck event.


Situation 1

Organization ABC publicly advertises a potluck event. The ad states that everyone bring a chicken (cooked at home or bought ready-to-eat from a store) and a side dish to share. The organizers of the event will provide desserts, beverages, and paper supplies.

Application

This is a potluck event because food and/or supplies are donated and shared by attendees.

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Situation 2

A religious group would like to sell frozen pizzas to the community to raise funds for a new addition.

Application

This is a special food event, not a potluck, and the governmental agency may require a license.

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Situation 3

A school PTA publicly advertises a potluck event for the parents of third grade students. Each parent brings some food to share; the school provides paper supplies and beverages. The food is served in the school’s cafeteria, but it is not brought into the kitchen.

Application

This is a potluck event. The food is donated and shared, and it is not brought into the licensed kitchen. (MN Statutes, Chapter 157, requires school kitchens to be licensed.)

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Situation 4

Organization ABC publicly advertises a lutefisk dinner. All of the food will be prepared at a local social club.

Application

This is not a potluck event. This event requires a license. The attendees are not donating or sharing food.

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Situation 5

Organization ABC publicly advertises a food event that will be held at a licensed food establishment. All of the hot food will be held hot in the ovens in the kitchen of the licensed food establishment.

Application

A food event does not qualify as a potluck event if it uses the kitchen of a licensed food establishment.

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Situation 6

Organization ABC publicly advertises a food event. Someone is willing to roast a pig for the event, but will not be reimbursed by the organization for the cost. All food is donated and shared among attendees. The food is not brought into a licensed kitchen.

Application

This is a potluck event. If the person is roasting and donating the pig as their contribution to the event, no license is required.

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Updated Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 04:42PM