The recent explosion in food vans, dining clubs and pop-up restaurants shows the culinary business is now accessible to anyone. If you've got an idea for a foodie start-up, this masterclass will give you the skills and knowledge to make it a success.
Over two days, our enthusiastic experts Stuart Langley (Disappearing Dining Club) and Jamie Berger (Pitt Cue Co.) will prime you on all aspects of running a restaurant, from licensing and hygiene to marketing the finished product. They'll also share their personal business secrets, including how to manage costs and deal with suppliers, to give your outfit the best possible chance at a long life.
If you've ever dreamed of starting your own culinary business, then this masterclass will give you the skills and knowledge to make it a success. Over the past few years the UK has seen an explosion in gourmet food vans, occasional dining clubs and pop-up restaurants, proving that it no longer takes millions to make something work – rather a combination of business savvy, hard work and great ideas.
This course will cover every aspect of launching a food start-up: from the nuts and bolts of licensing and hygiene, through managing costs and suppliers, to marketing and expanding.
All the tutors and speakers have launched their own successful food businesses, and will share their personal insight and professional experience to ensure you leave the course with a fully-formed plan for your tasty new venture.
Stuart Langley founded Disappearing Dining Club in 2010 after 15 years of running bars, restaurants and members clubs in London and overseas. The Club aims to bring "like-minded people together to enjoy great food, drink and good company in reclaimed or unusual private spaces in London." Alongside dinner dances and pop-up events, Stuart launched Back in 5 Minutes on Brick Lane in summer 2013.
Jamie Berger launched Pitt Cue Co. as an American BBQ food van in summer 2011 with business partner Tom Adams. Their take on ribs and pulled pork was a roaring success, and they moved from their parking spot under Hungerford Bridge to a bricks and mortar space just off Carnaby Street.
Dates: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2013
Venue: The Guardian, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU
Price: £400 (includes VAT, lunch, refreshments and booking fees)
Maximum class size: 15