I am organizing myself to start making custom cakes and wedding amenities. In Florida we have the cottage food law so I'll be doing it from home. However, I don't want to invite strangers to my house for tasting or consultations. I would appreciate advice and opinions on how to handle colsultations & tastings - where, how many to taste, charge or not charge, etc. Thank you!
I'd use a Panera or Starbucks to meet poeple and talk to them about design, cost etc, then give them a box of samples to take home. I don't charge for tastings but some people do.
I always use a Starbucks for meeting with clients. Good atmosphere and there always seems to be one close by to my clients.
I used to have them come to my house, but lately I have been doing "to go tastings" where I put together a nice cake board with different fillings and cakes for them to mix and match. I print out the flavors using an attractive font so they know what they are tasting. I then either meet them at the door when they pick it up or deliver it to them. I don't charge for this if their order will be over 100 servings.
Not to change the subject, but where did you find the information for the cottage food law in Florida? I have been trying to find it.
I've generally used Starbucks or I've had a few people meet me at my church to do the tastings. I've actually gotten to where I prefer the church because then I don't have to worry about interrupting the business in Starbucks. Not to mention, I can spread out if needed and it's fairly quiet.
I usually ask the client what flavors of cake they'd like to taste, max is 5. So far, I haven't been charging for tastings, but I may change that. I also try to limit the people at the tasting to the bride, groom, and maybe 2 other people. That prevents them from bringing the entire wedding party to the cake tasting.
Dinacakes here's the link to the florida cottage law info that you were looking for http://desoto.ifas.ufl.edu/pdf/CottageFoodAdvisory.pdf