Nobody in any industry likes to be deliberately wasteful, but many companies don’t realize how often they fail to make the best use of their resources. Sadly, nowhere is this more the case than in catering – whether its food ending up in the trashcan, bulky packaging items reducing workspace in the kitchen, or simply chefs and kitchen porters having to carry out menial, time-wasting tasks, caterers frequently spend more money than they need to on practices that are of no benefit whatsoever. Read more
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The love of food is absolutely necessary for someone working in the food industry. You must love designing it on paper, preparing it in the kitchen, and serving it on the table. If that’s you, then I’d like to share a little information about the profitability of the two most common routes you can take, starting a catering service or opening a restaurant. As someone who has been involved with both I can honestly say these two routes are incredibly diverse, and the only commonality between the people who do them is their love of food. Read more
Before I take off for San Francisco I wanted to share some news with you about a really interesting ‘foodie’ Kickstarter campaign meets Shark Tank-like TV show (if you haven’t watched Shark Tank then you’re missing out on my favorite entrepreneur show currently on the air). The Yum Factor is on Kickstarter trying to raise funds to film a pilot episode of a show that will feature folks who have a great food product but don’t know what to do next to turn it into a business. Read more
I’m really excited to be heading down to San Francisco tomorrow for the Fancy Food Show which is, as I’m sure you’re aware, one of the top specialty food tradeshows in the country. While I half-joked about eating my way through the convention hall, my real reason for heading down there is to collect as much possible information as possible and bring it back to you here. Some of the topics I’ll be taking a look at while I’m there include: Read more
I’m heading to the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco on Friday. Will anyone be there exhibiting their products or just walking the show floor? If so, I’d love to swing by and say hello. Outside of that, anyone have any good San Francisco dinner spot recommendations (if I can eat anything else after eating my way through the convention center that is!)? Read more
Lest you think crafts are something better belonging to your grandmother’s generation then you haven’t stepped foot inside a craft show recently. As the artisan food movement has exploded so too has the crafting movement but this generation is bringing along its own quirky humor and slant on things. This means you can find everything from the beautifully exquisite to the tongue-in-cheek funny all made by hand. While many of these craft shows used to only feature non edible items, more and more of them are opening up space for food vendors to sell their products to the craft-show-going customer. To find out what you need to know about exhibiting at a craft show we had a chance to talk with Kristen Rask, President of Urban Craft Uprising which is the not-to-miss craft show in Seattle. Read more
The Good Food Awards are, for all intensive purposes, the Olympics of the artisan food world and the application for their 2013 awards went live yesterday. New this year, in addition to their beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles, preserves, and spirits categories they now also have a confections category. Read more
Intentional Table, a new boutique retail store located on picturesque Bainbridge Island in Washington, is looking for non perishable artisan food products to bring into their store which is scheduled to open in late October. They recently sent me some information on what they’re looking for and I wanted to it along in case this is the right type of opportunity for you.
Talk about some great press for your business! The Food Network is looking for food entrepreneurs who have quit their jobs to put it all on the line with a new small food business. To qualify you must be opening up a brick-and-mortar establishment before the end of the year. Not sure if they’re open to businesses located around the country or only in the Tri State (NY-NJ-CT) region but entrepreneurs who are chosen will apparently get free culinary and business coaching from a celebrity chef not to mention all the publicity you’ll get for your new business. Want more information? Contact Heather Briggs of Rock Shrimp Productions at hrb (at) embassyrow (dot) com.