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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Strong

Pivoting to Catering, CPGs and more! Hot Bread Kitchen's Fantastic Food Entrepreneurship Forum

As the pandemic stretches on into the foreseeable future, small food businesses have and still need robust support to survive. Especially hard hit since March 2020 are the independent restaurants, food trucks, and catering businesses owned and operated by women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), and people from the LGBTQ communities. To support these communities, the nonprofit Hot Bread Kitchen will host a three-day, virtual Food Entrepreneurship Forum, on October 20 to 22, 2020. Check the full schedule and sliding scale, donate-as-you-can ticket page! Workshops focus on diversity, pivoting to catering and launching consumer packaged goods. Check it out and please share!

  • Day 1 — Diversity — Day 1 has sessions on Diversity: incubating equity, aligning on mission, and identity via storytelling.

  • Day 2 — Focus on Chefs Day 2's workshops delve into chefs, caterers and restaurateurs pivoting to survive. A live cooking class by Fauzia Abdur-Rahman’s Caribbean fusion food truck, Fauzia’s Heavenly Delights shows how sharing expertise can be an additional revenue stream for small food business owners. (An additional sliding scale ticket for this cooking class begins at $35, hosted by Kitchen Rodeo.)

  • Day 3 — Consumer Packaged Goods! Day 3 explores the tactics of a consumer packaged food products launch and roll-out via e-commerce. Small food businesses will also pitch their product ideas to retail distributors in a special invitation-only session.

Speakers and panelists include Shaolee Sen (Hot Bread Kitchen), Jen Faigel (Commonwealth Kitchen), Geetika Agrawal (La Cocina), Fauzia Abdur-Rahman (Fauzia’s Heavenly Delights), and Andre Springer (Shaquanda Will Feed You) just to name-drop a few!

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