I'm looking for first-hand accounts of starting a food business
July 24, 2012 12:24 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for blogs that are basically first-hand accounts of starting a food business.

I love to read first-hand accounts of starting a restaurant, bakery, food truck, etc, everything from designing the menu to working with vendors. In the past I've read about Quinn Popcorn, Ruxbin Restaurant and Clover Food Lab. Are there any others out there you would recommend?
posted by theuninvitedguest to Work & Money (19 answers total) 49 users marked this as a favorite
Brooklyn to West started out as documenting the renovation and design of a restaurant in California -- start from the beginning or the posts tagged with restaurant. It's definitely a design blog, but there's a lot of interesting stuff about the restaurant mixed in.
posted by pie ninja at 12:34 PM on July 24, 2012

LA's delicious Frysmith truck has a series of posts that you may enjoy ::

How To Start A Food Truck
Starting Frysmith
posted by raihan_ at 12:44 PM on July 24, 2012

posted by erebora at 12:50 PM on July 24, 2012

Here's the first post for Edzo's.
posted by erebora at 12:52 PM on July 24, 2012

Building a Bakery is about, well, building Retro Bakery in Las Vegas. It's a great read that really highlights the highs and achey, burnt lows of a cupcake/cake business.

Here is Day 1.
posted by ladygypsy at 1:16 PM on July 24, 2012

My sister really enjoyed reading Orangette writing about opening Delancey in Seattle, but she doesn't use tags so there's a lot of not-Delancey related food blogging in there, if that bothers you.
posted by jacalata at 1:19 PM on July 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Katheats.com is a sort of interesting blog about a couple starting a Great Harvest Bread franchise store.
posted by Kriesa at 1:25 PM on July 24, 2012

Slate has an article from a few years back by the guy who opened the charming little neighborhood coffeeshop of everyone's dreams.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 1:27 PM on July 24, 2012

This lady has opened 2 cafe / restaurants in London over the past few years.
She writes really well, and seems to love her food.
posted by Prof Iterole at 1:54 PM on July 24, 2012

Response by poster: These are so great everyone! Keep em coming!
posted by theuninvitedguest at 1:58 PM on July 24, 2012

A high school friend blogged about her candy business at sweetnapa.com (the entries related to candy start in late 2006, I think.) She also blogged a lot about her food experiences in general, so you might have to hunt a bit for the ones specifically about her candy. (Which was delicious, and the fact that she's since closed down makes me terribly sad. Though she did publish a candy cookbook, so I should probably get it and learn to make the candy myself.)
posted by Stacey at 3:12 PM on July 24, 2012

In slightly not the right order, Diary of a New Food Truck Owner from my employer, CHOW. The Food Truck in question sells ice cream.
posted by jacquilynne at 3:20 PM on July 24, 2012

My friends are blogging their launch of Lonestar Taco here in NYC. It's delicious.
posted by anildash at 3:53 PM on July 24, 2012

The produce store I used to manage has an occasional blog. Lots of fun data, if you're into that kind of thing!
posted by bubukaba at 4:18 PM on July 24, 2012

Foode in Fredericksburg, VA has been blogging for just over a year.
posted by SuzySmith at 7:54 PM on July 24, 2012

The blog for Fig Tree Farm has a couple of interesting posts about the beginnings of a restaurant - searching for a place, planning the space etc etc.
The restaurant itself is Oakleaf in Pittsboro, NC. There is more current stuff on their Facebook page including links to several articles.

(I know the owners but have no stake in the restaurant)
posted by jaimystery at 8:37 PM on July 24, 2012

The Alinea Project is a thread on egullet by Kick Kokonas and Grant Achatz. There are a couple of other threads with more information; you can find them by searching for "Nick Kokonas" on egullet.

If you don't want to fool around with egullet, some of the same material is collected in the book Life, On the Line. As I recall, in the book Kokonas or Achatz talks about the decision to get involved in the discussion on egullet.
posted by BibiRose at 6:22 AM on July 25, 2012

Friends of mine started a food truck in Appleton, WI and have blogged about their experiences. Here's their website.
posted by Twicketface at 4:15 PM on July 25, 2012

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