Business of Food

Food Businesses In the News

Food Businesses In the News

PTA clients and students with food (and drink) businesses have been in the press over the past month and we want to share their good news… Gail Lillian’s popular food truck business Liba Falafel expanded to a brick and mortar…

Street Food: A Fresh Start

Street Food: A Fresh Start

Last week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Weiner’s food truck reform legislation. After two years of negotiation Weiner was able to achieve a compromise on which both restaurants and food trucks could agree—trucks will now be…

San Francisco Food Fights

San Francisco Food Fights

At a recent Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association meeting, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener came to talk with us about his proposed mobile food truck legislation, which he introduced at a Board of Supervisors meeting last November. His goal with the new…

Home-based Foodies in the Game

Home-based Foodies in the Game

If you’ve always wanted to test the commercial market and see if anyone would buy your homemade granola or your Grandma’s cinnamon cookies, now you can…and do it legally. You can cook at home and do not need to rent…

Good Food Dot Com

Good Food Dot Com

When I owned a cheese store in San Francisco in the 1980’s I felt like we were in the middle of a food revolution—there was so much energy around “back to the land”, natural gourmet food, vegetarianism, food buying clubs…

Tasty crowd-sourcing

Tasty crowd-sourcing

It used to be that finding capital to start or expand your business meant asking your family and friends for funds, applying for a small business loan, or saving your money for months or years. These days many people are…

Eating Well from Street to Street

Eating Well from Street to Street

On Saturday I joined the crowds in San Francisco’s Mission District to experience La Cocina’s fourth annual Street Food Festival. The sunny streets were full of happy people enjoying tasty delights from 85 vendors—including from some of my former students:…

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Food as a small business and the business of food.  Taste and preferences have radically changed and there are so many new businesses that are popping up in the Bay Area.  In fact, “pop-up” defines many new neighborhood food businesses. …