Is it legal to sell food from your house?
Yes, in certain counties! In 2019 Assembly Bill 626 made it officially legal to sell non-prepackaged food from your residence. You must live in a county that has opted into provide permits to chefs. You must go through your respective county to receive a Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation license in order to sell food legally from your home. Without a license, you are still at risk to be shut down by the Health Department.
How do I get my kitchen licensed?
Does my kitchen have to be registered or licensed?
Yes. Your kitchen must receive a MEHKO (Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation) license from your respective county. We help chefs through the licensing process.
Can I use a 3rd party to deliver my food?
No. It is currently not permitted to use other third party services to deliver your home cooked meals to customers. You can hire a delivery driver directly, get support from family, deliver yourself, or have the customers pick up curbside.
Does it cost money to be on the Potluck platform?
Its free! It is 100% free for chefs to sell food on the Potluck App. We charge a 10% transaction fee to the customer so the chef keeps all of their profit
Do I have to put my address on the internet?
Your safety is our priority. Your address will not be shared with the public on our app. Customers will be able to see where your kitchen is generally located. Once the place an order and have chosen to pick up the order, they will receive directions to your geolocation. We do however want to make you aware that Riverside County maintains a public list of all approved and licensed kitchens including their owner, address, and license number.
What should I cook?
Cook what you love! If you have a family dish or recipe those are always great to share.
Can I have a dog or pet in the house?
Yes, we welcome chef with pets BUT they should not be in the kitchen. To pass the Riverside County inspection we suggest having a gated or protected pet area away from the cooking and dining area.
Can my kids and family help me?
Of course! If you have family or friends living in the house with you, they can support your kitchen. Hire your partner or best friend as your delivery driver. Have a teenager at home? Great, hire them as your sous chef!
How much money can I make?
As a home chef you can make up to $50,0000 a year selling food!
Do I need to own my home?
No, you can be a renter or owner.
Do I have to cook at certain times?
No, Potluck Chefs have full autonomy to make their own schedule and serve whenever they like.
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