CLASSES through Jan 2014
In the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York, we teach a series of classes on how to start and maintain a profitable home-based food business. These are held through the local community colleges and adult education programs.
We also teach hands-on baking through BOCES. Information on all upcoming classes will be listed here and in the schools’ course catalog. For more information about fees and registering, please contact the appropriate school. For info about a specific class, or if you’re in need of individual consultation, please contact us.
The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park NY, class encompasses all small food businesses.
The New Food Entrepreneur: Start & Run a Small Food Business
Do you have a passion for food? Would you like to earn money doing what you love? With minimal start-up money, anyone can turn their dream into a part-time or full-time business. Whether you’ve always envisioned yourself with a small food business, would like a second source of income, want to stay at home and be your own boss, or own a small business that fits your lifestyle, this class will guide you step-by-step through the entire process from your initial business plan through delivery of products to your customers. You will learn how to implement market research; price, label, and package products; find wholesale and retail customers; and set up a simple bookkeeping system. Most important – you’ll learn how to begin the process to obtain the necessary legal permits. This class is for anyone who wants to start and run a profitable part-time or full-time business. Leave class with a business plan, a checklist for moving ahead, and a resource list for further exploration.
Please note: After you register for class, you will be sent a business plan. Please complete the form and bring it to class, along with any product you may want us to evaluate.
November 16 (Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
To view CIA course listing and register
Home Baking Skills for Profit or Pleasure
Gain the confidence of an industry professional! In this class, we’re moving out of the kitchen and into the classroom for a comprehensive discussion of commercial baking techniques. In just a few hours, you will find out how to turn your kitchen into a well-run production area, utilizing shortcuts and tricks for recipe and product development, quantity production (including scaling up recipes and using the assembly line method), shelf-life testing, packaging, storage, food safety, and more. You’ll learn everything you didn’t know to ask about equipment and appliances, and how oven heat affects baked goods. And you will discover the art of maximizing baked goods for visual and sales appeal and discuss how to adapt traditional recipes for healthier baking with whole grains. Whether you’re baking for profit or simply want to learn tips and tricks from a professional, this class is for you.
October 26 (Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
To view CIA course listing and register
Start and Run a Home-Based Food Business This class is the business-side of running a home-based food business.
Do you love to bake or cook? Would you like to earn money doing what you love, making these foods at home? With minimal start-up money anyone can turn their kitchen into a lucrative business. Whether you’re interested in a part-time or full-time business, this course will guide you step-by-step through the entire process – from your initial idea through delivery of products to your customers. You will learn how to price, label, and package products; learn how to find customers and keep records; and you’ll begin the process to obtain the necessary legal permits. In the event you are unable to operate your business from home, alternatives will be discussed.
BOCES, Port Ewen
May 18 Saturday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
January 11 Saturday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
SUNY Columbia-Greene Community College
June 29 Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
September 21 Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
SUNY Dutchess Community College
June 15 Saturday 8:30 – 4:30 pm
August14 Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
October 5 Saturday 8:30 – 4:30 pm
Home Baking For Profit This class is the hands-on kitchen-side of running a home-based food business.
For anyone who bakes and sells (or wants to): Learn tips and tricks for product development, quantity production (includes scaling up recipes and assembly line method), shelf-life testing, food safety, sanitation, packaging, storage, and more.
BOCES, Port Ewen
June 1 Saturday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
January 25 Saturday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
HANDS-ON BAKING CLASSES
- To register call BOCES (845) 331-5050
- Please bring an apron and towel. Materials fee $15 per class.
- For each class, every student will take home recipes and baked goods to share with friends and family.
- All hands-on classes held at BOCES, Port Ewen
Do you have fear of pie? Stay ahead of the trend and make your own luscious pies. Find out what’s involved in making perfect pies and pastries. We’ll make two different crust recipes – both simple, both delicious – mouth-watering crusts that will have people asking for a second piece. You’ll leave class with a homemade pie and the knowledge that you’ll be able to reproduce these again.
September 18 Wednesday 4:30-8:30 pm
Learn the secrets to making basic yeast breads from scratch. Take the plunge and sink your hands into dough. Quell those anxieties and join us for a few hours of fun. We’ll make white and whole wheat dough into breads and rolls. And as a bonus, we’ll whip up a sweet dough for sweet success. Leave class with recipes and breads to share with family and friends.
September 24 Tuesday 4:30 – 8:30 pm
New! Homemade Cookies
October 1st is Homemade Cookie Day. We kid you not! Help us celebrate this special day by baking some classic recipes, but with a twist: chocolate chip, peanut butter, and sugar cookies.
October 1 Tuesday 6-9 pm
New! Chocolate Overload
How much chocolate can we stuff into our cakes, cookies, and brownies? Join us and find out…
October 16 Wednesday 6-9 pm
Yeast Breads, Too (Prerequisite, Yeast Breads, above)
Now that you know the secrets to making basic yeast breads from scratch, we’ll learn how to shape a variety of breads, rolls, and coffeecakes. We’ll make sticky buns, rolls, and Leave class with recipes and breads to share with family and friends.
October 29 Tuesday 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Breads Three, Savory (Prerequisite, Yeast Breads, above)
Using techniques we learned in Yeast Breads, we’ll make a basic dough for shaping into several meal-type items, such as stuffed breads (Stromboli), filled buns (calzones), pizza, and other items. Bring to class an apron, your bench scraper, and a big appetite!
November 12 Tuesday 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Thanksgiving Breads and Bundts
Join us for a fun class where we’ll make pumpkin, banana, and sour cream batters into loaves and bundts. Leave class with two breads for your Thanksgiving table, plus recipes for making them again at home.
November 19 Tuesday 6-9 pm
Learn to dress up everyday recipes as bright and happy as the holidays. We’ll bake a few holiday items (sweetbreads, cookies, brownies) and learn how to transform them into gifts. You’ll leave the class with two small gift bags, recipes, and extra samples for home.
December 4 Wednesday 6-9 pm
Do you love the taste of real homemade cookies but feel overwhelmed with other holiday demands? In this class we’ll learn simple but important steps for baking a variety of easy recipes. You’ll leave class with recipes and cookies to share with friends and family.
December 10 Tuesday 6-9 pm
Do you love this traditional, twice-baked, coffee shop treat but don’t like to pay the expensive prices? Learn to make this delicious cookie and know you won’t have to buy it again. Leave class with two recipes and a half pound of your favorite flavor.
January 14 Tuesday 6-9 pm
Healthy Baking, Too
Do you love to eat cakes, cookies and all baked treats? With the current availability of new flours, whole grain baking has been raised to a whole new level. We’ll look at traditional recipes and learn to make them healthier by using a variety of whole grains and fruits. We’ll make hearty breakfast treats, wholesome snacks, and healthy desserts.
January 28 Tuesday 6-9 pm