FORK FOOD LAB MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
These requirements must be in place before you can schedule your first kitchen shift. This document is provided for guidance only and it is your responsibility to meet all of the regulatory requirements for your business.
1. Food Protection Manager Certificate
Complete an ANSI-approved Food Safety Manager course. ServSafe is the most popular but any ANSI-recognized manager level certificate is acceptable.
2. Certificate of Insurance (General Liability and Product Liability)
All businesses producing in the shared commercial kitchen facility must provide a certificate of insurance covering themselves and their business for $1 million per occurrence and $2 million in aggregate for both general and product.
The following entities must be listed as additional insureds:
Fork Food Lab
72 Parris Street
Portland, ME 04101
The Sustainability Lab
60 Oakland Ave
Yarmouth ME 04096
P.O Box 4351
Portland, ME 04101
3. Follow one of the processes below based on your business type:
If you make ready-to-eat food (caterer, food truck/cart, prepared meals), you are likely licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the City of Portland.
If you make a packaged good for retail or wholesale, you are likely licensed by the Department of Agriculture.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the City of Portland Applicants.
Apply for the Eating and Lodging License application here. This will trigger an inspection for your business at Fork Food Lab that the DHHS health inspector will arrange for.
The inspector will provide an inspection report to you, which you will provide to Fork Food Lab as proof of passing. This inspection report allows you to operate legally. Later, you will provide your license certificate to Fork Food Lab once it is issued.
Apply for a City of Portland business license if you plan on conducting business in the City of Portland. If you have a mobile vending unit, an additional inspection of that space may be required prior to commencing operations.
The inspector will provide this inspection report to you, which you will provide to Fork Food Lab as proof of passing. Once received, this inspection report allows you to operate your vehicle/cart legally.
Department of Agriculture Applicants
Fill out one of the following licenses here
Food and Fuel License Application: There are several different license types that you will have to specify based on the type of food that you produce. You must add Mobile Vending to your license so that you may participate in Fork Food Lab markets.
Dairy License Application
Get inspected by the Department of Agriculture (they will arrange this directly with you)