School of Food Comes to Frederick

School of Food is not another cooking class...

Rather, it's a year-long program that teaches its students the business side of working in the food & beverage industry. 

This is School of Food's fourth year. They've held two programs in Baltimore and one in D.C., and we are very fortunate that the Frederick County Office of Economic Development — with support from Downtown Frederick Partnership, the City of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development and Platinum PR —- has now brought them to Frederick!

The School of Food Frederick is now recruiting its first graduating class for the 2019-2020 school year. Classes have a general outline, but will be tailored to suit the people who attend. 

So who makes a great student?

Here are just a few ideas of who might be a good fit:

  • Someone with experience in the food industry who wants to open or expand their own business

  • A food truck operator looking to expand into a brick & mortar location or increase their catering

  • A producer currently selling at a farmer's market but wanting to expand

  • Farmers looking to diversify their revenue streams by turning raw product (e.g. peppers) into a value-added product (e.g. salsa)

  • At-home bakers / cooks looking to get their product to market

 This is not a comprehensive list —-> School of Food Frederick is open to anyone looking to open or grow their business in Frederick County.

a look at the schedule:

Students have the option to purchase a School of Food Passport, which allows them to attend all classes for $150 plus a graduation ceremony, or they can attend on a class-by-class basis for a $20 drop-in fee.

  • September 18: Defining Your Mission & Core Values

  • October 10: Understanding Your Target Audience - Messaging & Branding

  • November 13: Packaging and Label Legalities

  • December 11: Visual Merchandising, Field Marketing & Social Media Strategy

  • January 22: Financial Forecasting & Recipe Costing

  • February 13: Food Safety for Production / Maryland Health Regs

  • March 12: Small Business Accounting

  • April 9: Crafting the Perfect Pitch

  • May 14: New Sales Channels & Distribution Opportunities



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