Food Service Establishments

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Food Service Definitions


Food Service Establishment – A business where food is prepared and intended for individual portion service and includes the site at which individual portions are provided; and any such place regardless of whether consumption is on or off the premises and regardless of whether there is a charge for the food.
Catering Food Service Establishment - A business involved in the sale or distribution of food and drink prepared in bulk in one geographic location for service in individual portions at another or which involves preparation and service of food on public or private premises not under the ownership or control of the operator of such services.
Itinerant Food Vending Establishment - A food vending business serving food or drink from any establishment or conveyance without a fixed location and with a connection to a water supply and sewage disposal system. 
Farmers' Market Vendor Food Service - means a cooperative or nonprofit enterprise or association that consistently occupies a given site throughout the season or that occupies a given site for any given day or event and that operates principally as a common marketplace for a group of farmers, at least two of whom are selling Connecticut-grown fresh produce, to sell Connecticut-grown farm products. 
Temporary Food Service - Food that is offered to the public at temporary events such as festivals, fairs, and special events.