Jobstarter Workshop: Financing your new food business

Free workshop September 16th! (Reserved spots for Business Community Members - please email to register or learn more:

Register here!

Small food entrepreneurs (and those thinking about the adventure) are encouraged to join us at this workshop to explore options and strategies for raising the funds to get your business going.

Successful and popular Toronto food entrepreneurs will share stories and approaches from their experience on a variety of financing strategies..You'll also have the opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs and discuss ideas, problems and collaborations.


- Christine Manning, Founder of Manning Canning

- Lesli Gaynor, Founder of Mitzi's

Space is limited so please register today. We welcome new and returning Jobstarter participants. Find more on Jobstarter and resources here.

Thanks to Jobstarter Champion: Tangerine


Workshop: Expanding Street Food

 Food Forward is excited to partner with our members Marianne Moroney and CommunityEats who are presenting the Expanding Street Food - Food Cart Workshop.

Diverse street food is an accessible and exciting new opportunity for Toronto's food industry. You don't need to a food truck to get involved. The Expanding Street Food Workshop gives an inside look into how diverse and exciting foods can be sold from carts like the ubiquitous hot dog stand.

Our workshop is taught by Toronto street food champion, Vending Association Director Marianne Moroney, the City's only food cart vendor selling a diverse menu. Also present will be a representative of Toronto Public Health and caterers specializing in street-ready foods. Please share the poster below.

Food Forward successfully worked with Toronto food advocates to expand menus, locations, and reduce costs for food cart vendors in Toronto. This summer is the time to take advantage of new opportunities!

Our Jobstarter program features more workshops for new food entrepreneurs.


Food Jobs Forward: Growing your career and community

A Jobstarter event hosted by Food Forward:

Looking for opportunities to make a difference through community food security or sustainable food systems? Having trouble finding a job? Want to find non-traditional opportunities in food, community, health, equity and business...while networking and growing your skillset?

This mini-conference on good food work will provide opportunities to learn how to build sustainable food systems and community food security ithrough your career; learn important skills such as grant writing; gain ideas and tips for the food job search and career development; and learn from those who've made a go at it...



Saturday, February 8th: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm


Food Forward Centre: 2 Homewood Avenue, Toronto

(just north of Carlton, between Jarvis and Sherbourne)

Presenters include:

Dave Kranenburg. Currently works for CSI as their community programs facilitator. Dave used to run a national program coordinating student food banks across multiple campuses. A common thread of Dave’s work is organising people to increase access to healthy food for all.

Emma Point: Emma is the Community and Partnership Coordinator at TAS, an innovative real estate development company based in Toronto. Emmas role is to coordinate the partnerships and community projects in TASs neighbourhoods, many of which focus on urban agriculture. She is also helping to plan the companys inclusion of food growing space for homeowners in all future developments. 

Ratsamy Pathammavong: Ratsamy leads the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario, Diversity department with over a decade of experience development and implementing health promotion programs and policies. Her current role focuses on health equity, staff and volunteer diversity and inclusion, and leading fund development initiatives focused on improving the health of ethno-racial and aboriginal communities.


- Q&A, Discussions with a critical look at the future of community food work, and more...

- Lunch and refreshments provided


Cost - $45

or $30 for Food Forward CSA members/monthly contributors

Only 20 spots available!

Register now at:

Funds support the new Food Forward Centre.



Our centre is wheelchair accessible. Contact with any questions

Subsidies may be available from neighbourhood community agencies, career centres, or for students, from your faculty.

Lunch will be vegan-friendly.

Thanks to support from the Ontario Natural Food Co-op!


Three exciting events for #foodTO innovators

Entrepreneurs, food innovators and local food actionists are invited to Food Forward's new food action centre on Carlton St for a number of upcoming events with our Jobstarter program this December, to grow your capacity to do good food work. Space for each is limited so register today!

See below to learn more and register for:

- Workshop: Learn to fundraise, Dec 10

- Workshop: Marketing your food business, Dec 12

- Food Biz Meetup - Holiday Edition! Dec 16

each starts at 7pm, few blocks from College Station

Learn to Fundraise

Fundraising is a skill that most people need, but aren't the most comfortable at building. Successful fundraisers will share their experienceat this workshop, with lessons from fundraiser and non-profit leader Sabrina Bowman, and crowdfunding advice from Ayah Norris of Indiegogo.

See Facebook for information and registration.

Marketing your food business

What is your brand? What makes it different? How do you engage with your community? What is your target market?

Learn some of the essentials of small business marketing at this workshop with Mitchell Stern, who's helped large and small companies (Toronto Underground Market, Hot Bunzz) figure out these questions and grow their reach. A great opportunity to engage with like-minded food entrepreneurs.

See Facebook for information and registration.

Food Biz Meetup

Join us at the launch event of Food Forward's Toronto Food Biz Meetups.. meet new and old food entrepreneurs and innovator friends... learn about some of the City's best new ventures, and sample or buy some great foods.

Try beer from Black Oak brewery and coffee from KLINK.

Doubling as Food Forward's holiday mixer.. tickets and more info on Uniiverse. We look forward to seeing you!