Cooking for Groups (Buffets and Picnics) - Food Safety - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Cooking for Groups (Buffets and Picnics)

Consumer information about preparing and serving food for large groups.

  • Keeping Food Safe During Buffets and Picnics
    Buffets or picnics can be great ways to serve lots of different, delicious foods to large gatherings of people for special occasions, such as holidays or graduations. But they can also be a means to transmit disease among your guests if care is not taken in how the food is handled. Common foodborne illnesses include norovirus, Salmonella and E. coli. Here are some tips to help you have a SAFE party buffet.

  • USDA: FSIS: Cooking for Groups: A Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety
    A brochure from the USDA designed to help volunteers prepare and serve food safely for large groups such as family reunions, church dinners, and community gatherings.

  • USDA: 7 Food Safety Steps for Successful Community Meals
    Whether preparing food for a family reunion or a community gathering, people who are great cooks at home don’t necessarily know how to safely prepare and store large quantities of food for large groups. Food that is mishandled can cause foodborne illness. However, by following some simple steps, volunteer cooks can make the event safe and successful!

  • MN Extension: Cooking Safely for a Crowd
    If you plan, prepare or serve food at large events, watch this presentation prepared by University of Minnesota Extension food science educators. You may be a good cook, but cooking for a crowd is different. Protect yourself and the people you feed by learning safe food handling practices for large-volume cooking.

Guidance for Exemptions: Minnesota Statutes Section 157.22

Minnesota Statutes Chapter 157 governs the licensure and inspection of public food and beverage establishments, hotels, motels, lodging establishments, and resorts. Changes made during the 2011 legislative session were effective August 1, 2011.


Updated Monday, 07-Feb-2022 16:08:15 CST