Setting up your food business


From farmer's market concepts to the food truck, mobile cafes to private dining clubs, pop-up restaurants, catering and more...

Module 1: Defining your concept

This module looks at the physical set up of a restaurant, bar, cafe and commercial kitchen in terms of the concept, appliances, customer-flow and location. You will get an overview of food hygiene requirements, Sale of Alcohol certification and other permits that may be required to open. 

4 & 5 August 2018. 9am-4pm. $350 per person.

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Module 2: Managing your business

You will learn about practical operational procedures starting with how to cost out food and beverage products that you will to sell through useful spreadsheets, point of sale systems, stocktaking and inventory control and important Employment legislation.

10 & 11 March 2018. 9am-4pm. $275 per person.

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Module 4: Building your team

This module is about building an effective team to make your business hum. We will also cover staff hiring and training with more practical advice on employment relationships with role-plays and problem solving. You will learn about customer service expectations, how to take orders, deal with complaints.

7 & 8 April 2018. 9am-4pm. $275 per person.

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Module 5: Marketing your concept

In this module, you learn the basics of marketing and we outline how to build a mix of platforms to promote your business. We look at marketing via social media, understanding google analytics and simple templates for direct mail and building your own website.

21 & 22 April 2018. 9am-4pm. $275 per person.

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Modules 3 & 6:  Accounting Basics & Business Plan & Mentoring

This module focuses on how to write a business plan that will achieve your goals in a realistic way. It brings together the different strands of the course and helps you to build a strategy of how to execute this process.

Saturday 5 & 6 May 2018. 9am-4pm. $275 per person.

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Module 7: Coffee & Barista Training

As you build your skills on the espresso machine, you learn how to get the best results from techniques such as dosing and tamping. You will extract perfect shots of espresso, work on milk-steaming skills, important coffee regions and styles of roast.

19 & 20 May 2018. $295 per person.

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Module 8: Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)

To work as a duty manager in a restaurant, cafe or bar selling alcohol you must obtain the Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ). View all dates and the complete process to become a Licensed Duty Manager on the LCQ course page.

Module 9: Food Safety

Auckland Council requires people who work or prepare food in cafes, restaurants, takeaways, farmers markets to be trained in food handling and hygiene. This module covers NZQA Unit Standard 20666 for food safety certification.

View all dates on our Food Safety page.

Module 10: NZSFW Certificate in Wine & WSET Level One Award in Wines

This qualification provides a straightforward introduction to wine. You will learn how to taste and evaluate wines, the main grape varieties, winemaking terms and key wine styles. We cover the basics of food and wine pairing as well. This module covers NZQA Unit Standards 23060 Viticulture and Wine and 22912 Evaluate Wine.

View all dates on our Certificate in Wine page.



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Partner Organisations

When you join Restaurant Association, mention your study at the NZ School of Food & Wine to get the $25 joining fee waived.

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