Hudson County Community College and Hudson Kitchen to Prepare Food Entrepreneurs for Business with Day-long Bootcamp Training

Posted: 1/16/2018
Jennifer Christopher, jchristopher@hccc.edu, 201-360-4061

January 16, 2018, Jersey City, NJ  – Today, many dream about taking their home-based cookie-making business to the next level. Others, whose authentic ethnic foods earn raves from family and friends, wonder if starting their own business could be a reality. Still others are ready to let the public taste their savory entrees and scrumptious desserts but don’t know where to begin. There are hundreds of area residents who already possess the talent and skills, but want to know, “What does it take to cook up a future as a full-time culinary entrepreneur and avoid mistakes that would be a recipe for failure?”

The answers to these questions and more will be addressed at “Food Business Bootcamp,” an all-day course specially-designed for individuals who own or wish to start a food business. “Food Business Bootcamp,” which was created by Hudson Kitchen in partnership with Hudson County Community College (HCCC), will take place Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College’s Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street ­– two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center in Jersey City.

Those who are thinking about starting a food business, as well as owners of specialty food companies, food trucks, bakeries, restaurants, and catering startups, are encouraged to attend.  Each attendee will receive a crash course in the nine essential topics pertaining to starting a food business – all presented by five speakers who have food business expertise – plus a 75-page Food Business Bootcamp Handbook.

This is the second “Food Business Bootcamp” the College has offered in partnership with Hudson Kitchen within the past four months.  The full-day event covers nine topics related to operating a food business: food trends, business plan basics, food safety, food product concept development, food law, marketing a food business, pricing food products for profitability, food business operations, and funding a food business. Course instructors include: Annette Davidson, founder of Icon Food Marketing; Regina Henry, founder of The Labyrinth Consulting Group; Victor Moruzzi, HCCC Culinary Arts Institute instructor and course developer; Jay Savulich, managing director of programs at Rising Tide Capital; and Djenaba Johnson-Jones, founder of Hudson Kitchen. Hudson Kitchen is a food and beverage incubator based in Northern New Jersey which helps area food entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses with low risk.

The award-winning Hudson County Community College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management program is ranked number eight in the nation and has produced many chefs who have found success in this highly competitive business. The Culinary Arts program is one of only two in the New York region accredited by the American Culinary Federation Accrediting Commission; it also earned the prestigious accreditation of the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation. The College’s Culinary Arts Institute and Conference Center includes state-of-the-art kitchens, bakeries, hot- and cold-food kitchens and classrooms, an ice-sculpting studio, a fish-and-butchery room, mock-hotel hospitality suite, and a library of more than 4,000 cookbooks. (The Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center kitchens have been featured in TLC’s Cake Boss: Next Great Baker and Progresso Soup’s “Ring-Ring” commercials.)

The cost for “Food Business Bootcamp” is $225. Those who wish to attend may register at foodbusinessbootcamp.eventbrite.com .

For more information about this event or Hudson Kitchen, please call Hudson Kitchen at (646) 319-5137, or email  djenaba@thehudsonkitchen.com .