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Concept to Launch: Creating a Successful Culinary Business

April 25, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT

Does your heart beat faster at the word menu? Are you a food entrepreneur looking for ways to up your culinary game? Have you been in business for years and want to spice the business up?

In this workshop, you’ll learn the 3 Ms of creating a successful culinary business: menu, marketing, and management. Update or develop your skills in creating a successful menu focused around demographics, desire, and taste. Once you have your menu, you’ll focus on leadership and learn how to build a creative and thriving business team.

What you can expect to learn:

  • How to operate a business with management skills
  • How to create a focused and delicious menu
  • Techniques to ensure your culinary team is productive and driven
  • Where to look for resources in your local area
  • How to market a culinary business

Supported by the Mendo Lake Food Hub.


$20 West Center clients; $25 Coast Women in Business or Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce members; $30 general admission


Julia Siderakis has owned and operated culinary establishments for 35 years. Recently retired from the local restaurant Ukiah Garden Cafe after 27 years, Julia has now joined the West Business Development Center team as our restaurant advisor. She’s an instructor with Mendocino College in the Culinary Arts Management Program and the Business Information Worker Program, covering all aspects of customer relations and management.


The West Business Development Center (West Center) prepares entrepreneurs to adapt to rapid technology shifts, a mobile workforce, and the growth of customization. West Center supports Mendocino County small business owners and the communities they serve so they may thrive in the decades ahead. Established in 1988, West Center is a nonprofit 501(c) (3), with two locations: in Fort Bragg, California, and Ukiah, California.

To become a West Center client, visit Get Started, and an advisor will contact you to schedule a meeting.


April 25, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT
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West Business Development Center – Ukiah, CA
185 East Church Street
Ukiah, CA 95432 United States
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