Julia Shanks Food Consulting

Growing change with food and agricultural entrepreneurs
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Julia Shanks Food Consulting

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States

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Growing change with food and agricultural entrepreneurs

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Whether launching a new venture, growing a business or fine-tuning operations, we help our clients articulate their business strategy. With a clear vision, they can obtain financing, streamline operations, and maximize profits. How can we help you?

We believe:

·       A business can be both financially and ecologically sustainable.

·       Numbers tell a story and effective bookkeeping is the backbone of understanding your business, sharing your story and managing your growth.

·       With the right tools and coaching, even the most math-phobic entrepreneurs can manage by the numbers.

Julia Shanks
Julia Shanks – chef and entrepreneur — consults with food businesses and farms, helping them maximize profits and streamline operations through business planning, feasibility studies and operational audits. Clients include Life Alive, Cuisine en Locale, The Elephant Walk, The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and City Growers. She lectures on sustainable food systems and restaurant accounting. She sits on the advisory board of Future Chefs and is the regional leader of Slow Money Boston.

In 1997, after 5 years of cooking in restaurants, Julia launched her first business, Interactive Cuisine. Through this innovative service, she provided informal cooking lessons in the comfort of the home kitchen. The business grew to include corporate team-building through cooking, and garnered local and national press – including Bon Appétit Magazine and The Boston Globe. Her second business, CSA Cookbooks, creates custom cookbooks for small farmers seeking a way to build loyalty with their customers by offering this unique value-added product. Her books have been reviewed in The Boston GlobeThe Boston HeraldTaste of the Seacoast, and Growing For Market.

Julia authored two books: The Farmers Market Cookbook and The Farmer’s Office, both published by New Society.

Julia received her professional training as a chef at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, her BA from Hampshire College and an MBA Magna 

About The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook

The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook is a free database of degree programs, consultants, scholarships, funding, conferences, and other education and training resources for professionals and students focused on food systems work. It is published by the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems in collaboration with the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN). The Lyson Center is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (a 501c3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Cornell University).

 

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