About Us

Julia Shanks Food Consulting works with food-focused businesses to help them reach financial sustainability. We believe that business owners need to manage with the numbers – plan, measure, and adapt – in order to maximize profitability and succeed. By starting with the numbers, we help businesses to streamline operations and maximize profits. Whether writing business plans or developing new menus, we work with our clients to ensure success! How can we help you?

A member of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, Julia Shanks Food Consulting is committed to taking concrete actions to make our business more environmentally sustainable, including reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact.

 

Julia brings a combination of real world experience, strong accounting and finance skills, and common sense.”
Michael Staub, Principal, Group M.

 

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Julia Shanks
Principal

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 Globe, The Boston Herald, Taste 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 Cum Laude from Babson College.

 

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Writing a business plan? Looking for investors? Getting set up in QuickBooks? We’ve got the tools and templates you need, from planning a startup to growing your business.

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Our Services
What We Offer You

Whether you’re just starting out, or expanding your business to the next phase of growth, Julia Shanks Food Consulting can help you succeed. Click below to find out more about our services.

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Julia speaks about small business accounting, business planning and sustainability. Recent conferences include Slow Money’s National Gathering and The National Young Farmers’ Conference.

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