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my catering business

Discussion in 'Food Talk' started by neontrail, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. Mar 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM
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    neontrail

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    1st let me say.. I LOVE to cook for other people.

    So...I been working in kitchens for over 15 years, opened a few restaurants for OTHER people,
    I am planning on opening a bakery/cafe in the next 2 years, similar to Panara Bread.

    I've been basically taking a break from restaurant kitchens since my daughter was born 3 years ago.
    IM getting bored, everything in this town sucks.
    I will not work in a corporate kitchen!

    I have decided to start up a little catering business since there is a demand for good grub here.
    IM going to keep it simple, nothing fancy. JUST GOOD FOOD.
    A few people know that I can cook and word should get around fast.

    Been working on my menu, website and other marketing stuff for about a week now. ORDERS ARE ALREADY COMING IN!!!




    (wifey cant keep a secret)... I guess im open for business! LMAO:D
    • Friday 8-10 people (company luncheon)
    • Next Thursday 35-40 people (company meeting)
    • Mid-June 150-175 people (wedding)
    I may be a bit pre-mature posting this, but i am getting excited.
    Im using my old (webdesign company) domain name for now.
    http://www.geoffsdesign.com/ <--- still very raw,
    I am aiming for a chalk/black board menu type of look.

    [​IMG]
    Stay tuned and watch it grow.

    ANY feedback is good...ty
     
  2. Mar 30, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    oldtacomaguy

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    Best of luck Neon, sounds like you'll be hitting the ground running!
     
  3. Mar 30, 2009 at 4:07 PM
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    That's pretty cool. Good luck!

    I've worked in a couple of kitchens, how does catering compare (or contrast)?
     
  4. Mar 30, 2009 at 4:27 PM
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    Kitchens are usually set with their ways of cooking and doing things, which can be good for cooks just starting out learning the trade. Nothing like pumping out pastas for 4 hours str8. Or standing over a grille with 20 steaks and the chef yelling for a well done t-bone. LOL

    Catering, The menu can change when ever, thats fun! There will be no mad dash/rush, like cooking on a line. Pay more attention to the details. Chance to show my creative side, and teach myself more.
     
  5. Mar 30, 2009 at 4:33 PM
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    I wish you the best on the new business!
     
  6. Mar 30, 2009 at 4:41 PM
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    Congrats! I hope everything goes well...

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  7. Mar 30, 2009 at 4:50 PM
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    Looks good Neon, is there a chalk font? The chalk board is a good idea, it works for Panara, I love that place, though a Corner Bakery opened that I like better. Mmmmmm ham and swiss panini! :drool:
    Wish you the best.
     
  8. Mar 30, 2009 at 4:53 PM
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    best of luck man, im sure you'll do great!
     
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    Are you going to add any BBQ?
     
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    X1
     
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    Awesome, it's great to hear some positive news among all the doom and gloom going on at the moment.

    I flippin' LOVE Panera, gutted that there aren't any out here in AZ. We have Paradise Bakery which is good, but Panera is the best. Do some of the things they do and you can't go wrong.

    My wife works at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix and quite often has to order catering. Most of the companies that she uses suck, there really aren't any good ones here. It just goes to prove that even in a big city like Phoenix there is plenty of opportunity.
     
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    Good for you, I wish you will be a very sucessful.
     
  14. Mar 30, 2009 at 6:55 PM
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    Hmm...yeah, I can see that. Good luck with your business, again!

    If you ever make it down toward the Austin or even the Dallas/Ft Worth area, I be glad to work for you (fo free) to get some catering experience under my belt!
     
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    Way to go Neontrail!!!! Good luck with the catering
     
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    thank you all for the kind words and wishes!!! :D

    YES, BBQ will be added!! for sure!

    Ever go to Wildflower Bread Company in Az? I worked for them a while back developing a wholesale artisan bread division. Its a great concept..
    www.wildflowerbread.com

    I wanted to learn about "real" artisan bread so I worked with nothing but breads for 8 years. And ended up working for the youngest master baker (M.J. Coe) in the nation while at wildflower.
     
  18. Mar 31, 2009 at 6:51 AM
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    Man great news! I wish you the best Neon.. :thumbsup:

    Soooo, one question. Where are my cookies??? :hungry: :D
     
  19. Mar 31, 2009 at 6:59 AM
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    Good luck.

    You should start offering the bacon explosion also. I get that would be a hot seller. Everybody loves to get a small taste of gluttony.
     
  20. Mar 31, 2009 at 7:05 AM
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    neon, this is fantastic. so, uh, are you gonna post any new recipes on the forum now?
     
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