I’m learning SO much every day. There are so many things that I never knew I needed to know! If you need to know anything about commercial vacuum-sealers, grain grinders, or countertop convection ovens….trust me, I’m your girl. In a few weeks, you can add bookkeeping and trademarks & patents to that list. It brings new meaning to the word “continuing education”.
I’ve continued to take evening classes from the San Francisco Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Took a wonderful class last week called “From Kitchen to Market” designed for the specialty food market. One piece of information in particular made the entire class worthwhile (a food manufacturers permit that I may not need if I’m not selling wholesale). That alone may save me nearly two whole months. Next up is a three-part series on bookkeeping. Who’s excited?
Food Meets Learning
Great response received for my first cooking class: From Apples to Beets: Making Your Own Organic Baby Food. The date has been set for Thursday, August 28th from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Several of my friends will be attending (thanks guys!), and there will also be some new faces. Stay tuned, because more “adult” classes will be coming soon. Everything from Easy Appetizers to Cooking with Whole Grains. You’ll learn a lot about food, but more importantly, each class will be a completely fun and memorable experience!
Personal Chef Conference
I’m excited this week to attend the annual Personal Chef Conference in Denver, CO put on by the US Personal Chef Association (USPCA). A great excuse to spend some time with my dad and stepmom, and see an old college friend in Denver too!
I’m heading there early to attend the volunteer day: a partnership project with the Denver Public Schools that involves cooking demonstrations and gardening with many of the school children. Okay, I’m a total dork…but I even signed up for the “first timers” class. But hey, I want to meet as many people and learn as much as I can while I’m there. Yup, that’s me.
I’ve spent that last 10 years of my professional life being the one with the answers. One of the biggest adjustments for me thus far has been not knowing what questions to ask, much less having any of the answers. It’s like every day I get another piece of the puzzle…but yet I don’t have a picture of the puzzle, much less how many pieces I need to finish the thing! As I said, an adjustment.
But man-oh-man…I’m having a blast! I had a great photo shoot a few weeks ago and have some wonderful pictures to share soon. I’m really excited about the upcoming cooking classes. Got my brand new business cards with my logo. Extended my kitchen lease for a year. Making some great new contacts. Generating some excitement for the baby food. Progress.
So…all in all it’s been a great couple of weeks. I’m trying to keep all the doubts and fears at bay, and just continue to move forward. Looking forward to next week’s blog where I can tell you all about the conference.