Launching A Food-Related Business In The Bay

Food trucks, catering services, pop-ups, lunch boxes, high-end restaurants, and even food labs! There’s no doubt that the Bay Area is a great city to try new things, especially when it comes to food. Are you interested in opening your own business or would like to know more about the local food scene?   

Join us on July 29th to hear from successful entrepreneurs about what it takes to launch, grow and sustain a food business in the Bay Area. Where to start? What are the industry trends? What are the challenges and growth opportunities? What are some of the best practices?


This panel includes:

Erin Archuleta, Partner at ICHI Sushi + NI Bar

Sophia Chang Founder at Kitchener Oakland

Evan Bloom, Proprietor at Wise Sons Delicatessen

Nate Keller, Founding Executive Chef at Sprig

Moderated by Krysia Zajonc, CEO and Co-Founder, Local Food Lab


Please send us a message with your thoughts, questions, or food suggestions for the meeting.

Schedule:

6:00 pm (doors open) -- Networking reception (beverages, samples and snacks will be served)

7:00 pm -- Panel discussion and Q&A

7:30 pm - Open mic (For anyone who wants to tell the group what they're working on in the non-tech startup scene).

8:00 pm - Networking 

9:00 pm - Wrap-Up


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  • Don W.

    I'm afraid illness will prevent me from attending this upcoming meeting. I look forward to the next. Best to all.

    July 28

    • Fabiola C.

      Thank you, Don! I wish you fast recovery!

      July 28

    • Don W.

      Just got out of the hospital today...I look forward to the next event.

      July 31

  • Lisa L.

    Thank you for publicizing last night's event, glad it made my radar. It was a great opportunity to network and I learned some valuable tips about starting my catering and confectionery businesses. I look forward to future Bay Area Non Tech Startup meetups and exchanging ideas with other entrepreneurs.

    July 30

  • Andrea C.

    Excellent food industry learning and networking opportunity! This was my second meetup event ever and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for organizing it.

    2 · July 29

    • Matt B.

      Glad you enjoyed it Andrea. Our goal is to have meaningful discussions and networking opportunities for non-tech entrepreneurs every month. Please come again and invite others.

      1 · July 30

  • Andrea C.

    Excellent food industry learning and networking opportunity! This was my second meetup event ever and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for organizing it.

    July 29

  • Bethany P.

    Husband & I had planned to come but are both sick- thought we could push thru but we'll be keepin our germs at home, so that's 2 spots open. Sorry for late change.

    1 · July 29

  • Will. A

    I know I don't have a picture yet on this blog, but I'll work on that soon. I would like to join the event for tonight. Is there a way I can get an RSVP?

    July 29

  • Claire F.

    Hi Fabiola, Matt, a friend of mine and I are both food entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. We have missed the RSVP window but would love to attend the event tonight. Any chance our names could be added to the list? Thanks very much! (Claire Fang, Eric Sheng)

    1 · July 29

  • CJ

    If there ends up being any room, could you add me to the list? Thanks! Carrie W

    July 29

    • Matt B.

      Carrie, head on over early and we'll see what we can do. We might be limited on space.

      July 29

  • Emunah H.

    Would greatly appreciate an RSVP for tonight. I get press coverage for small food ventures. Understanding and telling the business side of the story often is just the unique material I need to help them stand out.

    July 29

    • Matt B.

      Emunah, come on over and we'll try to fit you in!

      July 29

  • Andrea C.

    If there are any dairy enthusiasts attending tonight, I'd love to meet you. I'm very excited about the event!

    1 · July 29

    • Alec D.

      Dairy FTW! Let's chat!

      2 · July 29

  • suzanne l.

    Hi Fabiola - my co-Founder, Hubert Lim, would like to attend tonight but the RSVP is closed. Could you add him to the list please? He and I run a pop-up restaurant together. Thank you!

    July 29

    • Matt B.

      Suzanne, please bring him with you to the meetup and we will figure out a way to accommodate.

      July 29

    • suzanne l.

      Will do. Thank you!

      July 29

  • Che C.

    Would love to be able to listen to the excellent panelists tonight!

    July 29

  • Roxy

    My business partner would love to join you all tonight. Is there any way we may be able to squeeze a reservation for two? Thanks!

    July 29

    • Fabiola C.

      Hi! Send me his name and I'll add him to our list.

      1 · July 29

    • Roxy

      Pei Wu and jofreign Martinez ! Thank you Fabiola! Unfortunately I will be away but my two colleagues will take my place. Thank you again !

      July 29

  • Mike L.

    Hello Fabiola I would love to attend tonight with a colleague of mine, Ally Burrow, even though the RSVP's are closed would that be possible? Thanks

    July 29

  • David R.

    Bummed can't joint today. We are an accounting firm that has a large client base in food-related businesses - restaurants, coffee-shops, yoghurt places, commercial kitchens. Please feel free to contact me with any question. Hope to be able to join the next one!

    July 29

  • Lisa L.

    Hi Fabiola and Matt, I just (minutes ago) saw your listing on SF Fun Cheap and would love to come, can you add me and friend Marie? Last night I discussed with her my 3 food related business ideas (1 pop up, 1 wholesale, and 1 specialty catering), so this seminar would likely give us some great tips. THANKS!

    July 29

  • Linda L.

    Is there anyway to join the fun tonight without an RSVP?

    July 29

  • Kevin

    Dohh, sorry Fabiola, any chance you could add Ivana He and Peihua Wang to the list too? Thanks so much for organizing!

    1 · July 29

  • Yu-Ann

    Fabiola, I also didn't RSVP, but would love to join tonight if possible...

    July 29

    • Fabiola C.

      I'll add your name to our list :)

      July 29

    • Mani like A.

      Hi Fabiola, I'd like to be added to the list, as well please. Thank you for organizing!

      1 · July 29

  • Ara S.

    Hi Fabiola - can you add me (Ara Ses) and Nevin Ditzler to the RSVP? Thanks!

    July 29

    • Fabiola C.

      Yes, no problem!

      July 29

    • Linda L.

      Hi Fabiola, any chance you can add me Linda Lin to the list? Thanks!

      July 29

  • Alec D.

    It also looks like I missed the RSVP window. Can I add my name to a wait list or perhaps sneak in through a window?

    July 29

    • Fabiola C.

      Yes, I'll add your name to our list.

      1 · July 29

    • Alec D.

      Can I also get Chad Zylstra, my business partner added to the list as well? Thanks in advance, and if not, I can just find him a window as well ;-)

      July 29

  • Jaime T.

    Fabiola, can I still RSVP?

    1 · July 29

    • Fabiola C.

      Yes, I'll add your name to our list. Please come! :)

      July 29

  • Jaime T.

    This looks like an incredible panel, looking forward to connecting tomorrow evening!

    July 29

  • Fabiola C.

    Excited to meet you all tomorrow! Cozymeal will do a food demo at 6pm so try to be there early if you can. :)

    July 28

  • Sharon P.

    I unfortunately can't make it but three of my friends will be going...Do I need to give their names somewhere so that they can get in?

    July 28

    • Fabiola C.

      Hi Sharon! You can ask them to RSVP here.

      July 28

  • Marcie P.

    Hi Matt, Excited to learn about this event and bummed to miss it. I'll be out of town. I would love to see an encore similar program offered. Anything brewing for food industry events in the near future? Thanks and have a great time.

    1 · July 24

    • Matt B.

      Hi Marcie. Thanks for the feedback, we'll likely do more of these in the near future. Hope to have a slightly different topic each month for non-tech entrepreneurs.

      July 25

  • Fabiola C.

    Hi! We are excited to announce that Nate Keller from Sprig will also be joining us next Tuesday!
    Please let us know if you have questions for our panelists. We'll be happy to include them.

    July 23

  • Fabiola C.

    Hi everyone! We posted the panelists for this meetup today. Let us know what you think or if you have questions for them.

    2 · July 17

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