Foodiepreneur Event: “The Business of Food”

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 

NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College invites entrepreneurs to attend a no-cost, high-impact Foodiepreneur event. This free workshop will be focused on people growing or launching a food business in New Jersey, such as a restaurant, food truck, commercial food product development, and/or artisan goods. This free event will take place on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Ocean County College and you can register here!

“Foodiepreneur: The Business of Food” will give current and potential food entrepreneurs candid insights 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.

There will be a panel discussion with Esther Luongo Psarakis (Creator, Foodpreneur®), Paul Altero (Founder & Co-Owner, Bubbakoo’s Burritos) and Vicki Weiss (Owner, Mathis House Bed & Breakfast & Victorian Tea Room). There will also be an appreance made by OCC’s very own Sean Bips (Professional Chef Instructor, Hospitality Professor, and International Event Planner) who will offer valuable information to attendees about the industry.

Esther Luongo Psarakis
Creator, Foodpreneur®

Esther Luongo Psarakis is the creator of Foodpreneur®, a strategic sales/marketing & educational consultancy, with a comprehensive curriculum for launching food, beverage, and consumer products. With international companies from across the globe, she has created effective sales and marketing strategies for USlaunch. As a consultant with USAID and various Trade Boards and as an NJSBDC advisor, Rising Tide Capital, she focuses on food and beverage-centric companies. and is a founding member of the NJ Food Policy Think Tank.

Her strong skill set on mentoring, concept development, business plans and sales strategies has been applied to a wide range of companies. She is a graduate of Douglass College/Rutgers University with a degree in Communication, has a certificate in Import/Export, as well as in Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oils from University of California-Davis. She runs a Meet-Up Group for Food Entrepreneurs and Professionals. She is a frequent presenter on various topics in the Food industry and is very passionate about guiding those she works with towards their own “recipe for success”


Paul Altero
Founder & Co-Owner, Bubbakoo’s Burritos

Paul Altero has a deep understanding and proven track record of launching a thriving restaurant business. Since the launch of Bubbakoo’s Burritos in 2008, the chain has grown into a franchise model to include more than 75 locations employing over 1,000 employees with an additional 200 stores under development across the nation. The business has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Franchises in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.