Alameda County SBDCOakland, CA

Operating a Successful Restaurant in a Rising Cost Environment (Oakland)

Operating a Successful Restaurant in a Rising Cost Environment (Oakland)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 10:45am to 12:15pm
Free to Attend
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Rising labor, rent and ingredient costs are pressuring the sustainability of current business models of Oakland restaurants. In this session, we will discuss current challenges in the industry, and how owners can be better equipped to start, manage and grow thriving food businesses.

The 6 keys to a Successful Food Businesses in a Rising Cost Environment: - Service Models - Employee Goals and Practices - Cross Prep items - Cross Menu sales - Leveraging in house sales with strategic catering and delivery options - Smart leasing terms and needs 

Deagon Williams (Instructor)- was born in California, but her cultural and culinary training ground was Paris, where she moved as a teenager in order to undergo formal culinary training.  Deagon earned her Grand Dipl me d’Ѐtudes Culinaires at l’Ecole de Cusine, La Varenne, and then apprenticed with Michele Comby and La Maison du Chocolat.

As a chef, Deagon ran a 25 person kitchen staff with a daily changing menu as well as created new businesses from scratch.  In order to build organizational expertise, Deagon studied systems and organizational theory, earning a BA in Sociology as well as an MBA at Mills College.

Deagon was Client Services Manager at the Center for Culinary Development, where she worked on business development and food innovation marketing for multinational corporations.  She is now the principal of Culinary Business Strategy, a boutique consultancy that offers understanding and bottom line results to the food business sector.



Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

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