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Food Starter November Newsletter

November 21, 2017
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Holiday Happenings

2017 Foodie Holiday Market

Eating and learning go hand in hand at the 3rd annual Foodie Holiday Market. Foodiepages and Toronto Life are partnering to bring more than 40 innovative, food-focused vendors to Toronto Botanical Gardens. The show runs Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Taste the Best

Meet six Food Starter members who will help make the holidays merry, bright, and delicious. While at the show, be sure to check out:

Partake Brewing: You won’t believe it’s non-Alcoholic beer.
Bald Baker:  These tasty sugar-, dairy-, egg- and grain-free vegan baked goods deliver taste without guilt.
Eat These Foods: Old-fashioned pickles get a modern update with Ontario produce and intriguing flavours. 
Crooked Tree Fine Foods:  These decadent spreads and crackers are free from dairy, gluten, soy and sugar.
Damien’s Sauces Ltd: Whether blended with June plums or lots of lime, these distinctive hot sauces pay tribute to their creator’s Caribbean roots. 
Tropic Thunders: Fermented habaneros and maple give this Thai-inspired hot sauce a Canadian twist. 
 

Learn from the Best

Have an insatiable thirst for knowledge? Food Starter is serving up an array of 50-minute seminars for the business-minded food lover. The following sessions run both days.

Bald Baker: Sugar-Free Holidays
Learn why you should avoid sugars and discover healthier alternatives for your holiday baking. This session includes a product tasting.
Food Starter: How to Tell if Your Food Product is Unique
Our Tips for Food Entrepreneurs will ensure your product ideas are fresh enough to find their niche.
City of Toronto: How to Start a Food Business Q&A
Ever wondered how to turn a cherished family recipe into a small business or why some new products succeed while others fail? Michael Wolfson, Senior Advisor Food and Beverage with the City of Toronto’s Economic Development Division shares some insights. 
Tropic Thunders: Secrets of Ceviche Demo
Get inspired in the kitchen! Learn what to look for when buying fish, essential knife skills to prep your fish and how to select ingredients for the perfect ceviche appetizer.

 

Safety First

At Food Starter, we do safety right. And we want everyone to know it. In fact, we’re so proud of our training and practices, we’ve launched the You Can Trust Food Made at Food Starter campaign complete with signage and an online badge.

Everyone who produces at Food Starter will receive promotional materials to showcase their food safety credentials. Look for these signs at the upcoming Foodie Holiday Market.

Already a Food Starter client? Show your Food Starter Food Safety pride in the following ways.
In person: If you don’t already have your badges and sign, you can pick them up at Food Starter for display any time you demonstrate, sample or present your product — St. Lawrence Farmer’s Market, a store, a trade show, demo days or retailers.

Online: Grab a jpg or ai version of the badge. Put it on your website, in your newsletter, or on social media. We’ll reciprocate and put your logo on our Made at Food Starter page.

Got questions? Contact [email protected]
 

Not Your Mother’s Pickles

From his award-winning packaging to being featured by Canadian Grocer at the Food Starter Open House, Eric Machtinger’s pickles are getting noticed. In our latest Next Big Thing post, Eric shares how he started Eat These Foods, the challenges of Ontario’s growing season, and where he sees growth potential.

 

Are You Ready to Start a Food Business?

Don’t let the holidays get in the way of starting your food business. We’re at the following workshop and event this December.
 
How to Start a Food Business
 
At this workshop, food experts discuss all aspects of launching a food business, including requirements, costing, and branding. Food Starter will discuss:
  • How to apply to the program
  • Equipment available within the Food Starter facility
  • Programming and assistance available to clients
  • Other services to help early-stage food companies
For more details or to register, visit City of Toronto.
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, 9:30 AM to 12 PM
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. Lower Level, Council Chamber, Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
 
Fueling Manufacturing Growth in Toronto
 

Toronto has many resources for food entrepreneurs – many of them free. At this free event you can learn about best practices and find out how technology is re-shaping the customer experience. Drop by the Food Starter booth to learn about our Incubator and Accelerator and see if we can help you become the Next Big Thing.
 
For more details or to register for this free event, visit Salesforce.
 
Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017, 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Toronto Region Board of Trade Office, First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON M5X 1C1
 

Around Town

You can meet our makers in person at two locations this holiday season.
One of a Kind Show
November 23 to December 3
Enercare Centre Exhibition Place, Toronto
St. Lawrence Farmer’s Market
Saturday, December 2
Saturday, December 9
Saturday, December 16 Saturday, December 23
 
Join our Weekly Tour & Information Sessions held every Friday at 11:30am!
 

Ready to produce?! We’ve got you covered!

Food Starter offers Hourly Production.

Email Carlos ([email protected]) with a brief description of your
product & process, and let’s scale up your food production!
 

Lead Sponsors

 
 
Our mailing address is:
Food Starter – 76 Densley Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6M 2R3

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