Setting up your food business


What you need to know to set up your own café, food truck, pop-up concept, catering business or restaurant.

Introduction: Your business dream

In this introductory seminar, Celia talks about the diversity of opportunities that exist from small startups to coffee carts to bespoke cafes and elegant restaurants. This is a celebration of culinary opportunity in New Zealand.

Wednesday October 18: 6pm - 8pm. $75 per person.

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Module 1: Defining your concept*

This module looks at the physical set up of a restaurant, bar, café and commercial kitchen in terms of the concept, discussion on appliances that may be needed, customer-flow to determine the design of the space and identification of suitable locations.  

Wednesday October 25: 6pm - 8pm. $125 per person.

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Module 2: Understanding compliance*

This module looks at the issues of business compliance that can be thrown your way. You will get an overview of food hygiene requirements, Sale of Alcohol certification and other permits that maybe required as well as commercial leases.  

Wednesday November 1: 6pm - 6pm. $125 per person.

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Module 3: Hospo Accounting basics*

This module looks at key hospitality accounting concepts and discusses how to identify and understand business costs. We will look at how to create simple management templates and spreadsheets to improve how a business is managed.

Wednesday November 8: 6pm - 8pm. $125 per person.

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Module 4: How to design and cost a menu*

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

Wednesday November 22: 6pm - 8pm. $125 per person.

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Enrol for Introduction & Modules 1 - 4

You can enrol in the entire course, consisting of the Introduction plus Modules 1 - 4, for $470. 

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Funding support

Module 1-4 are eligible for the NZTE Capability Development Voucher Scheme. which has been developed by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to help new businesses grow. This is administered by ATEED Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development who have business advisors  working in different sectors including Food and Beverage

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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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