Hello folks. My name is Chef Eric. I am originally from the beautiful outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I moved to Orlando, Florida in the summer of 2013 with the dream of starting my own dessert business. I am a retired U.S. Army veteran with three tours in Iraq (2003-2004, 2004-2006 & 2015-2016). I am a single father of three beautiful children: Isabella, Lucas and Marcos.
After high school, I wasn’t sure what to do with my life. I had part time jobs working in landscaping, retail stores and restaurants. I also attended numerous schools to find my passion. I recall going to Mystic, CT with my family on vacation prior to leaving for my first deployment. My fondest memory was going to the Mystic Drawbridge ice cream parlor. If you have never had homemade ice cream, I highly recommend it. As soon as I got home, I went out and bought an ice cream maker and a cook book. I attempted to reproduce the peanut better ice cream that I had. AMAZING! In 2006, I enrolled at The Restaurant School of Philadelphia to obtain a degree in my new found passion. I left my corporate job and move to Orlando to begin the process of owning my own food truck, farmer’s market, and who knows; maybe someday a bakery.
Florida Cottage Food Law
Florida law allows individuals to use their unlicensed home kitchens to produce for sale certain foods that present a low risk of foodborne illness. Cottage food operators can produce and sell these products directly to consumers without obtaining a food permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Gross sales for a cottage food operation must not exceed $250,000 annually.
Cottage Food Law Basics
- Cottage food operators may sell cottage food products on their website, by mail-order, and direct to consumer (in-person).
- Cottage food products must be delivered directly to the consumer or to the consumer’s private event such as a wedding or birthday party.
- Cottage food products cannot be sold wholesale.
- Cottage foods must be properly packaged and labeled. Cottage food operators can serve free samples for tasting, but the samples must be prepackaged.
- A cottage food operation must comply with all state or federal tax laws, rules, regulations, or certificates that apply to all cottage food operations.