NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College invites entrepreneurs to attend our 4th annual no-cost, high-impact Foodiepreneur event. The workshop is geared towards people looking to grow or launch a food business in New Jersey such as a restaurant, food truck, commercial food product and/or artisan goods. This no-cost event will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019, from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm at Ocean County College. The event kicks off National Small Business Week. REGISTER TODAY.

Foodiepreneur: The Business of Food will give current and potential food entrepreneurs candid insight from the experts into one of the largest industries in our area. The goal of Foodiepreneur is to facilitate a real dialog about topics that are important to entrepreneurs in the food industry. This year our highly regarded panel is comprised of accomplished entrepreneurs such as food writer, cookbook author and restaurant marketer Deb Smith of JerseyBites.com, Executive Chef Meg Lamanna of B2 Bistro, and Bert Roling of Last Wave Brewing as well as essential resource partners such as John Lawson of Whole Foods Market, Esther Psarakis of Foodpreneur®, Richard McArdle, PhD of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center and Patricia High of the Ocean Health Department.
Seating is limited for this no-cost, high-impact event and seats will go fast.

To register click below:

On The Panel

Deborah Smith
Founder & Executive Editor, JerseyBites.com

Deborah Smith is a food writer, cookbook author, and restaurant marketer. She is the founder and Executive Editor of JerseyBites.com, an online publication covering the food and restaurant scene in New Jersey since 2007. Her marketing agency, Foxtrot Media, specializes in social media management, Facebook and Instagram ad campaigns, photo and video creation, review generation, and more for restaurants and other food-related businesses. She is also the author of the Jersey Shore Cookbook, a collection of 50 recipes from beloved restaurants along the Jersey coast.

Meg Lamanna
Executive Chef & Owner B2 Bistro 

Executive Chef Meg Lamanna embarked on her culinary career at age 19 when she enrolled in culinary school in Asbury Park, NJ. Upon finishing the CEC, the young chef worked at various popular Jersey Shore steakhouses and bistros.In 2012, Meg’s family opened 709 Restaurant in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, a location she would call home in the succeeding three years. Eager to learn about different cuisines and an elevated level of cooking, Meg relocated to Miami where she worked at triple five-star rated LaMar by Gaston Acurio, Quality Meats of Miami, and two times James Beard award-winning chef Michelle Berstein’s, Cena. She later opened her own restaurant, The Garden, a small café offering local, seasonal, and organic small plates.
In Spring 2017, Meg returned home to New Jersey and recently partnered with Stephen Valentine to bring Point Pleasant’s 709 into the B2 Bistro + Bar family.

Bert Roling
Owner, Last Wave Brewery