CLASSES through Summer 2017

In the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York, we teach a series of business, writing, and baking classes. These are held through the Culinary Institute of America, SweetAmbs, and Columbia-Greene Community College.

NEW!!!  We now also teach in the greater Boston MA area.

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The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park NY

Turn Your Kitchen into a Business
If you have a passion for food, would you like to earn money doing what you love? This class is for anyone who wants to start and run a profitable part- or full-time business with minimal start-up money. Whether you’ve always envisioned yourself with a small food business, would like a second source of income, or simply want to be your own boss, 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; set up a simple bookkeeping system; and begin the process to obtain necessary legal permits. If you cannot use your home kitchen, alternatives will be discussed. Leave class with a business plan, a checklist for moving ahead, and a resource list for further exploration.

Please note: About a week prior to class, we’ll send you a business plan. Please read the form and bring it to class, along with any product you may want us to evaluate.

April 8, 2017 (Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
To view CIA course listing and register

Food Writing
Have you ever thought about writing a cookbook, blog, or magazine article? This class is an introduction and overview to the different aspects of writing about food. Cookbooks and blogs are always popular and an excellent way to share recipes with friends and family. Plus, cookbooks are useful in promoting an existing business or as a fundraising tool for organizations. We’ll talk about ideas, the target audience, preparing a manuscript, and the different publishing avenues.

Columbia-Greene Community College
April 29, 2017 (Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
To register: Community Services Office (518) 828-4181 ext. 3342

Becoming a Food Entrepreneur
Many of us have a passion for food and dream about turning our ideas into a profitable business. We will look at the reality of our options along with key elements that are part of creating a successful business, sustainable business. This class will help lay the groundwork for developing idea while turning it into reality. Explore entrepreneurial essentials such as writing a simple business plan, implementing market research, bookkeeping systems, and beginning the process to becoming a food entrepreneur.

Columbia-Greene Community College
March 11, 2017 (Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
To register: Community Services Office (518) 828-4181 ext. 3342

NEW!!! Eating Local, Sustaining Local
Take a guided food centric walk down Warren Street in Hudson. This field trip includes stops at notable food locales for breakfast and lunch, and features sampling and chats with owners or managers of ten establishments. In addition to some tasty eats, we’ll get behind the scene and learn about the challenging role of small, local businesses in creating and sustaining unique communities.  The individual perspective which shop owners/managers/chefs bring to their products and services is also discussed. Upon registration students receive additional information regarding class day logistics.  Estimated out-of-pocket food costs are $40 and up, depending upon take-home purchases. This class is limited to eight participants and meets rain or shine.

Columbia-Greene Community College
July 15, 2017 (Saturday 8:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m.)
To register: Community Services Office (518) 828-4181 ext. 3342

Home Baking Skills for Profit or Pleasure
Whether you are baking for profit or simply want to improve your skills and enjoyment this class is for you. Move out of your kitchen and into the classroom with a professional chef and author for a comprehensive discussion of commercial baking techniques you can use at home. Save time and improve your creations by transforming your kitchen into a well-run production area by learning and applying the best practices like a master baker. Learn shortcuts and adaptations you can apply to your recipes or your own creations. We will discuss scaling recipes, shelf life testing, packaging, food safety, healthy baking with whole grains and more.

Columbia-Greene Community College
No class currently scheduled

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In the Boston area we teach through community education programs in Arlington, Lexington, and Concord-Carlisle.

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Start & Run a Home-Based Food Business
Earn money doing what you love. Many states, including Massachusetts, have a cottage food law that allows baking and selling in a home kitchen. With minimal start-up money, you can turn your dream into a part- or full-time business. This course will guide you through the entire process. Learn how to implement market research; price, label, and package products; find wholesale and retail customers; set up a simple bookkeeping system; and begin the process of obtaining legal permits. You’ll leave with a business plan and a checklist for moving ahead.

Arlington Community Education
869 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476
Two Tuesdays: March 7 & 14, 2017 (6:00-9:00 p.m.)
To register: (781) 316-3568

Becoming a Food Entrepreneur: Understanding Business, Exploring our Options, Getting Started
Many of us have a passion for food and dream about turning our ideas into a profitable business. We’ll look at the reality of our options along with key elements that are part of creating a successful, sustainable, lucrative business. This class will help lay the groundwork for developing your idea while turning it into reality. You’ll learn how to write a simple business plan, implement market research, set up a bookkeeping system, and begin the process of becoming a food entrepreneur. If you want to move ahead, or simply gain more knowledge, this class is for you.

Lexington Community Education
Two evenings, Mondays, March 20&27, 2017 (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
To register call 781 862-8043

Baking Skills for Pleasure or Profit
Whether you’re baking for profit or simply want to learn tips and tricks from a professional, this class is for you. Come move out of the kitchen and into the classroom for a comprehensive discussion of commercial baking techniques. In just a few hours, learn 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 heat affects baked goods. Discover the art of maximizing baked goods for visual and sales appeal and how to adapt traditional recipes for healthier baking with whole grains.

Arlington Community Education
Two Wednesdays: May 3 & 10, 2017 (6:00-9:00 p.m.)
869 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476
To register: (781) 316-3568

Teaching the Teacher
Would you like to teach? Do you have a skill, talent, or hobby, but don’t have the classroom experience to be an instructor? In this three-hour class, we’ll work on developing, planning, organizing, and preparing a syllabus. You’ll gain the confidence in how to present and share your skill and interest with the community.

Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education
500 Walden St Concord, MA 01742
May 8, 2017 Monday (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
To register: (978) 318-1432

Lexington Community Education, Lexington MA
Wednesday April 26 (6:30-9:30 pm)
251 Waltham Street, Lexington MA 02421
To register: (781) 862-8043

NEW!!! Eating Local, Sustaining Local – A Neighborhood Food Crawl
Join culinary and business instructor Mimi Fix, for a Saturday walking tour with stops at various Arlington businesses. In addition to some tasty eats, we’ll learn about the challenging role of small, local businesses in creating and sustaining unique communities. After registration, we’ll contact you about our meeting place, parking suggestions, and out of pocket food costs.

Lexington Community Education, Lexington MA
Saturday, May 6 (8:00 am – 1:00 pm)
251 Waltham Street, Lexington MA 02421
To register: (781) 862-8043

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Hands-On Baking Classes

Oh-So-Easy Artisan Bread
For those who prefer homemade bread, hot from the oven. No knead. No fuss. No muss. Bring an apron and learn to bake bread the fast, easy way.

Arlington Community Education
869 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476
March 2, 2017 Thursday (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
To register: (781) 316-3568

Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education
500 Walden St Concord, MA 01742
March 23, 2017 Thursday (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.)
To register: (978) 318-1432

Homemade Dog Treats for Happy Dogs
Leave them begging for more! Show your pets just how much you love them by treating them to homemade doggie treats!  Elevate your pooch’s palate by learning to make healthy, homemade, and delectable dog treats, such as bones, biscuits, and doggie muffins. Return home with recipes and treats for your special companion. You’ll save money and know exactly what your dog is eating.

Arlington Community Education
869 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476
March 16, 2017 Thursday (6:00 – 9:00 pm)
To register: (781) 316-3568

Baking Great Cookies
Baking cookies is relatively easy but there are a few tricks to baking great cookies. If you love the idea of homemade cookies but feel overwhelmed with how to mix and bake from scratch, this class will teach you important steps for baking with success. We’ll make buttery chocolate chips, snickerdoodles, and a colorful slice ‘n bake swirl. Leave class with recipes and cookies to share with friends and family.

Arlington Community Education
869 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476
May 16, 2017 Tuesday (5:30 – 8:00 p.m.)
To register: (781) 316-3568

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