CLASSES through June 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.

June 7 (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.

May 17  (Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
To view CIA course listing and register

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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
April 26 Saturday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

SUNY Columbia-Greene Community College
March 15  Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

SUNY Dutchess Community College
March 1 Saturday 8:30 – 4:30 pm
June 21 Saturday 8:30 – 4:30 pm

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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
May 31 Saturday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

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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

NEW! Holiday Breads
Get ready for Easter! We’ll make Hot Cross Buns, Greek Easter Bread, and Easter Egg Nests. Learn to create these traditional holiday breads and leave class with recipes and small breads to share with friends and family.
March 25 Tuesday 4:30 PM- 8:30 PM

Shortcut Strudel
We’ll make strudel dough using a shortcut method, then make sweet and savory fillings to finish them off. You’ll leave class with recipes, two small strudels, and the ability to make them at home!
April 8  Tuesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Coffeecakes
Making coffeecakes can be fast and simple, and delicious as a freshly baked morning treat or anytime snack!  In this class we’ll learn two basic coffeecake recipes   with variations for more. Leave class with recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and two coffeecakes to share.
April 22 Tuesday  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Baking with Almond Paste
We’ll make cookies, frangipane filing, and a fresh fruit tart! You’ll leave class with recipes, cookies, a small tart, and tips for working with this densely sweet ingredient.
May 12 Monday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cinn-Fully Sinful
One of our most popular classes! Learn to make wickedly delicious cinnamon buns and sticky buns. Join us in making these fresh baked sweet rolls, warm and gooey fresh from the oven.  You’ll leave class with recipes, sweet buns, and the ability to make them again.
May 20 Tuesday 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cheesecake
Love cheesecake but afraid to make it? In this class we’ll learn step by step to make basic cheesecake with flavor variations, along with the basic graham cracker crust and a crust from your own cookies. As a bonus we’ll learn how to cut that luscious cake. Everyone will take home recipes and a small cheesecake.
June 10 Tuesday  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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NEW! Welcome to BOCES’ Bake and Take Classes!

Ever wish you were the person bringing homemade goodies to your club, class, office, or meeting?  Want to bring something homemade rather than “picked-up” at a national donut chain or supermarket?

This series allows you to do just that. Bring a friend and enjoy your night out without the hassle of choosing a recipe, shopping for ingredients, baking and cleaning up, then worrying about the right tray to tote the goodies in.

Each month either I, or colleague Annie Scibienski, will work with you to bake goodies that you’re proud to call your own.  Together we’ll bake a sample batch for the class to taste, then you will mix up a batch to Bake and Take! There’s a $15 FOOD FEE for each class participant, payable to the instructor upon arrival to class.

February – Get Your Chocolate On! Our Midnight Blackout Cake is part brownie and part cake. Seductive and chocolaty – the perfect indulgence for sharing on Valentine’s Day.
2/12 Wednesday 6-9 pm

March –Breakfast Bars! Oatmeal Bars and Date Bars Treat your friends, classmates or colleagues to cookie bars for breakfast! Although these yummy snacks are 100% whole grain, they don’t taste “healthy” or cause suspicion.
3/5 Wednesday  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

April –Bars for Snacking! Fruit Bars and Cookie Bars Another Bake and Take delight! We’ll show you how to whip up a batch of bars. These treats are far easier to make than individual cookies!
4/2 Wednesday    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

May –Legally Magic Brownies for those of us who need more indulgence.  We’ll bake an extra pan for you to leave at home.
5/7 Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

June – Mini-Pies to Share! Fresh fruit season with local produce is almost here. Learn shortcuts to pie making and impress your friends.
6/4 Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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