It is rare that a food writer would presume to also offer financial advice. While I don’t pretend to be able to tell you where you should invest what is left of your stock portfolio, I can tell you that the best place to invest the money you have left is in your own education. Now is the time to figure out how to prepare for the future when the money starts to flow again. I know from experience that this, too, shall pass. After a particularly rough financial time during the early 90’s I vowed that if I couldn’t read it, eat it or wear it I wouldn’t spend money on it. Because, in the end, they can’t take your education away from you and I have yet to see someone try to repossess a meal or my Blahniks.
While the current economic climate might preclude you from dropping $350 for lunch at Per Se or $800 on a new pair of Pradas, I do know the one place to invest $425 with a guaranteed return. And it is only one click away. Enroll in David Leite’s Eight-Week Online Introduction to Food Writing Course. I took my first food writing class from David in 2005 and I can still hear his voice every time I write a piece. Take this class if you have ever toyed with the idea of becoming a food writer. It will give you a real life education in real time. And it is worth every penny.