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Get Started in Your Catering and Mobile Food Business

April 18, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT

Does the idea of starting or growing your catering business light a fire within you? Can you taste it? If so, sign up for this workshop that will teach you how to take your concepts and transform them into a successful reality.

This workshop will focus on meeting and solving the many challenges that come with running a catering business or food truck. Being creative in the kitchen is fundamental as well as understanding the day-to-day management of a business. Restaurateur and culinary arts management lead instructor Nicholas Petti will provide the necessary basics of planning and operating an off-site catering and mobile food business.

Expect to learn how to:

  • Operate an off-site catering and mobile food business
  • Understand labor laws, OSHA, and various operational standards for the industry
  • Affect success with location placement and menu choices
  • Set up locations and contracts
  • Establish payment procedures and policies for culinary services


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


Nicholas Petti is a well-known restaurateur in Fort Bragg, California, and the head of instruction of Mendocino Community College’s Culinary Arts Management Program. He’s a leader in the culinary community, winning acclaims and awards for his crab cakes every year in the Mendocino Crab and Wine Days and countless community “farm-to-table” fundraisers. As a culinary arts instructor, he introduces his students to traditional foods from around the world while presenting the most modern techniques and artfully created approaches. Mendocino Community College was the fortunate educational institution to have him lead their program, and we’re pleased to welcome him to our West Business Development Center culinary workshop series.


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 18, 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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