I run numerous classes and workshops for RETAILERS, CHEESE MAKERS, CATERERS, CHEFS, COLLEGES, and SERIOUS CHEESE LOVERS.
Having set up, run and sold two successful retail companies in New Zealand and London, and worked with 100’s of farm shops, delis and supermarket staff around the world for the last 35 years, I know what works and a lot of what doesn’t!
The following courses are tailored specifically to you and include 3 months follow-on mentoring/advice service or until you open. Come to my home in Havelock North or I can come to you. Call me now to discuss how we can turn your vision into a successful food retailer..
BLACK BARN CHEESE SCHOOL
[3 + 2 days = Cheese 101 and 201]
for cheesemakers, retailers, chefs and serious cheese lovers
STARTING FROM SCRATCH
[1/2 or 1 day]
For anyone wanting to set up a deli, cheese shop or Farm Shop.
NZ CHEESEMAKERS FORUM
ESSENTIAL RESOURCE FOR ANYONE STARTING A DELI
Brilliant reference for anyone starting a deli.
CHEESE FOR CHEESE LOVERS
For anyone serious about cheese
MAKING YOUR DELI MORE PROFITABLE
[One, Two or Three Days]
For retail staff – covers cheese, charcuterie and deli products.
Reviews from past participants
“My partner & I met with Juliet a few months before opening & she gave us valuable insights for our new business from floor plans & layouts to merchandising & suppliers. We went with the glass cheese room which has proved a real hit & offers a unique style to the shop. Opening a new food business is very complex & guidance & mentoring from an expert like Juliet is extremely worthwhile."
— Sarah Peak, The Cheese Yard
"Having spent a bumper packed day being mentored by Juliet, we came away feeling inspired, better informed and so much more confident and
raring to go to start our business. The day was just the perfect balance of information for us to get our heads around and was complimented by fabulous cheese tasting and gave us the perfect start from which to progress from. 'Thank you Juliet for your encouragement, patience, enthusiasm, and sense of fun -- we had a fantastic day!"
— Sabina & Francisco
“She’s an engaging and humorous speaker, but her real secret lies in the way she imbues her audience with confidence about their own taste experience and gives them a simple framework within which to explore the world of cheese. Her 7 cheese type system means that one need never fear the unknown, lurking within the rind!”
— Justin Tunstall, Town Mill Cheesemonger
“Quite a few years ago I was looking to start a new business. My passion for cheese led me to consider a delicatessen. I contacted Juliet Harbutt for advice. She was, to my surprise (busy lady that she was, still is probably) very willing to give me the benefit of her vast experience. She pointed me away from retail and towards production. Things did not work out quite as I’d hoped and my business went in a totally different direction. Although my chosen business was successful I wish now that I had followed Juliet’s advise for that would have given me infinitely more satisfaction. I am truly delighted that the cheese makers of the UK are still thriving and I bet Juliet is too. Good luck to you all!”
—Noel Reeve, Times Online