The Business of Food Course
12 Onsite Days over 3 months
12 Onsite Days over 3 months

1. You will save a fortune.
2. You will avoid the mistakes others make.
3. You will make informed decisions and spend your money wisely.
4. You will leave with The Business of Food Bible.
5. There is 40% funding from the National Organic Training Skillnet.
Practical, professional, honest.
"This course is a MUST for anyone intending to go into, or change their existing food business.
Every aspect of the course is informative and no matter how much you think you already know, you will learn so much more.
Before you spend your savings or take eout a loan to spend on an idea, INVEST in this course". Sinead Gillard.

Course Information
  • Duration:
  • 12 Days over three months beginning on Tuesday February 6th 2024 in Preston House, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois

  • Date(s):
  • Next course dates - February 2024
    February 6th
    February 13th
    March 5th
    March 12th
    March 19th
    March 26th
    April 9th
    April 16th
    April 23rd
    April 30th
    May 14th
    May 21st

  • Schedule:
  • Daily schedule:
    9.00am - 5.00pm
    Coffee breaks in morning and afternoon.
    Light lunch at 1.00pm

  • Cost:
  • €4,100.00

    “Skillnet funding may be available to Irish companies and residents who fulfil the eligibility requirements. Please contact by emailing or go to for more information” 00353719640688.

  • Facilitator:
  • Kitchen and Front of House Operations Management; Hospitality Service & Customer Care Skills, : Blathnaid Bergin – Owner The Business of Food:
    Anne Abberton -FIXX Coffee
    Interior Design – Gwen Kenny - -Divine Design
    Marc Thornton – Marketing - DTA Marketing
    John Carolan – Accounting & Finance - Solve Accounting
    Dr. Detta Melia – Food Safety-Dr. Detta Melia

  • Venue:
  • Onsite at the beautiful, historic Preston House in the Heritage town of Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.
    Abbeyleix is 10-15 minutes drive off Limerick and Cork motorways and easily accessible from all other routes as we are conveniently located in the midlands.
    Preston House has six rooms to rent and is offering a special rate for our students. Please let them know if you are booking a room.

Who should do this course?

This course is for you if
You are planning to open a cafe, restaurant, add food to your pub, coffee shop or other food service business.
You are already in business and would like to improve your bottom line profits and increase the efficiency of your operations.

Course content

• A Comprehensive Guide to Opening and Running your own Cafe/ Restaurant or Pub Food Operation.
. Concept development
• Marketing & Customer Segmentation
Digital Marketing - Introduction to Social Media Platforms and how to use them to get your message out there.
• Legal Obligations in Food Service
• Menu Planning
• Menu Costing and Pricing
• Menu Design
• Food Quality Control Systems.
• Building an environmentally sustainable business.
• Managing overhead costs.
• Managing and Minimising Utilities costs.
• Recognising and eliminating Hidden Costs.
• Waste Management across the business
• Waste Management Systems.
• Kitchen Planning
• Kitchen Design/Flow – equipment needs
• Kitchen Operations Management Systems
• Primary Cert in Food Safety – National Hygiene Partnership
• Standard Recipes
• Standard Operating Procedures
• Order of Work System.
• Front of house design tips
• Counter Design/Flow /equipment needs
• All things Coffee
• Front of House Operations Management Systems
• Hospitality Service Skills & Customer Care Training - NEW- for Front of House.
• Financial Controls and accounting best practice in a food service business.
• Bringing it all together.
And much more.

What will I have when I am finished the course?

A strong, practical 'tool kit' to get you started on your business journey.
A comprehensive folder of notes to reference.
A tried and trusted framework.

What is included in the price?

All course materials in hard copy.
Folders, paper, workshops materials.
Coffee and tea breaks, light lunch each day.
Includes a pre-course pack, all course materials and one sessions with Blathnaid Bergin for each participant during the course.

Skillnet Funding

There is up to 40% funding available on our courses for eligible candidates from the National Organic Training Skillnet. Contact NOTSat 0719640688.