We LOVE Food.
We love eating food. Sharing food. Sharing the stories behind the food. And most of all sharing a good laugh over good food.
Food truly is the one thing we all have in common. We all eat. That connection that comes from sharing food around a table is an endlessly powerful experience.
Which is why we got into this gig. So we can help you share your food - with customers, with fans, with followers, and friends. Creating a shared experience around your table at your restaurant.
What is Restaurant Owner's Marketing Academy?
When you are a restaurant owner, general manager or executive chef (or all 3 in 1); you don't have a lot of spare time to devote to marketing. Between delivering stellar food, making sure your customer service is on point and dealing with finances there isn't a lot of time left for things like social media, sending e-blasts, planning special events or creating promotions.
We get it! Learning how to be a marketer isn't easy. And marketing good is even harder. We're here to help you cut down your learning curve, your marketing dollars, and your time spent on marketing. Really!
With over 10 years in the culinary marketing industry, we can help you tell your story, build a marketing plan that works for your time and budget and give you the learning tools you need to build a strategy that gets customers in the door again and again.
You'll get training, tools, resources, tutorials, discounts, and exclusive member benefits when you join the Restaurant Owner's Marketing Academy - including access to a private group and discounted one-on-one coaching. All designed to help you on the path to marketing success.
Don't have time to do your own marketing, but do you have an actual budget? We can help with that too! We offer a variety of marketing services for you - from social media management, web design, public relations, and events.
Why We Do What We Do!
We love food and marketing. We believe that your time is better spent doing what you love; creating amazing dishes to share with your customers. We take pride in marketing your work and telling your story. Together we create a plan that achieves both goals.
Who We Are
Lydia Martinez is a skilled marketing professional with over 15 years of experience working for powerhouse retailers like Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods Market, and running her own agency, Elle Marketing & Events.
During her time at Whole Foods Market, she developed her skills as a marketer specializing in food and culinary events. At this point, she saw digital marketing and social media marketing as a natural tie into event-based marketing. In this role, she oversaw a team of graphic designers and managed a creative team in charge of store design, decor, signage, and special events.
While at Whole Foods Market, Lydia took on an additional role as a Local Forager - going out and finding local food growers and producers to source products from. She worked as an internal consultant for over 300 small producers in getting their product ready for retail - from compliance, food safety, labeling, and marketing. She also founded and ran a local farmers market to give local producers more of an opportunity to sell their products.
With her food background, Lydia has been in high demand with food-based businesses and restaurants.
As her agency grew, Lydia realized that many restaurants that are less established or not making their revenue goals, do not have the budget to hire an experienced marketing firm. They are struggling by doing all their marketing by themselves - all while trying to run their kitchen, keep up with staffing, and delivering quality food to their customers. And so, Restaurant Owner's Marketing Academy was born - to provide restaurant owners with the tools and to shorten the learning curves to marketing success.