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Wednesday, May 15 • 10:50am - 12:20pm
SOLD OUT - How to Make a Living Making Food

Making food is one thing, making a living is entirely different. In this brief workshop, La Cocina, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the FDA San Francisco District Office will review the fundamental considerations that any food entrepreneur should consider before launching this next phase of their life.

La Cocina will review business planning resources, available kitchen spaces, techniques for assessing the marketplace and referrals to support organizations.  

The San Francisco Department of Public Health will address the California Homemade Food Act (AB1616), also known as the Cottage Food Act, allowing small food businesses that produce "low-risk foods" (such as bake goods, candies, jam/jellies, desserts, and nuts) to operate out of a private home with limited regulatory oversight, as long as certain criteria are met.  The SFDPH will address the law, permitting process, who's qualified, and provide examples of a good Cottage Food Operations.

The FDA San Francisco District Office will focus on getting your product ready for the market. If you sell across state lines or on the Internet, you must comply with federal regulations. Learn about registration; the small business exemption; where to find the food labeling regulations and a nutrient database; and how to properly label your product (ingredients, allergens and the nutrition facts statement).



Jen McLaughlin

Jen has been working at the San Francisco Health Department over five years and as a Environmental Health Inspector for over two years. Jen’s health district is in the Southeastern neighborhoods of San Francisco, including Bayview Hunter’s Point, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, and portions the Outer Mission. She conducts daily routine inspections to educate and enforce for the California Retail Food Code and SF Health Code at food and drink... Read More →

Mary Ellen Taylor

Mary Ellen Taylor has been employed by the Food and Drug Administration as a Public Affairs Specialist for sixteen years. Prior to FDA, Mary Ellen served as a Health and Nutrition volunteer in the Peace Corps in Guatemala. She received a Masters of Science Degree in Public Health from Tulane University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She is a past member of the Association of Food and Drug Officials... Read More →

Caleb Zigas

Caleb was accidentally hired as an assistant pastry chef at Ruppert’s Restaurant, in his hometown of Washington DC, when he was 16 years old, and hasn’t left the kitchen since. He has worked dish lines at national chains, service counters for independent butcher shops and front of the house for some of the best restaurants in the country (and some of the worst too). After graduating from the University of Michigan with degrees in English... Read More →

Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:50am - 12:20pm
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus 835 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103