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So I'm thinking as I'm making Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.....just how much of a foodie I am. And wondering how I can parlay that into an income that doesn't involve spending 14 hours a day slaving in a restaurant kitchen. I often see specials on the Food Channel about people like Debbie Fields, who started out making cookies for friends and family and built a cookie empire. I don't even know if I'd want to be that big, but there are plenty of smaller scale people who have done the same. Or gone into food writing, design, critics, stuff like that. I would love to do something that involves food but I am at a loss as to where to start focusing.<br><br>
Any ideas? If you could do this, what would you do? If any of you have done this or know someone who has (Hi Tricia!), please feel free to chime in also. My ex and I had talked about owning a coffee shop for years but there are so many good ones in our area (private, I mean, not Starbucks) already.<br><br>
All feedback and suggestions are welcome. I want to do a lot more thinking about this. I'm not sure the dietician route is where I want to go, although I thought about that too. What do you think, fellow foodies?
 

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I've been looking into a similar route, as well. I too, have NO desire to deal with a restaurant kitchen.<br><br>
For myself, I've been thinking along the lines of culinary school here in NYC (most likely for baking and pastry arts), and then either going into food media (magazines or the food network) OR doing boutique-y catering. For example, a friend's client (she's a personal trainer) asked if I did birthday parties (cupcakes).<br><br>
I have no idea if this was at all helpful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> But you're not alone, in any case!
 

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Personal chef?<br><br>
There are places like this business called Simply Suppers--basically people come to you to assemble meals from a menu that you determine, then they pop in the freezer until ready to eat, or they can buy them pre-prepared (for the freezer) from you. Some people may schedule a get-together with friends and all do it, like a girls' night out type of thing.<br><br>
There are also food sales businesses like you would sell Tupperware or Pampered Chef--I think there is one called called Homemade Gourmet, which is spice mixes and dry mixes I think that you demo in a "party" setting to sell them. I've considered buying some off of eBay to see if they're any good/worth selling.<br><br>
Lisa
 
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