Taking the Wheel Consulting

RESTAURANTS ⋅ CATERERS ⋅ HOSPITALITY

True success lies in the success of your team.

At Taking the Wheel Consulting, we understand that every business is unique and requires a complete understanding of your specific organization in the hospitality industry.

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Founder and “team building guru” Rebekah Goldman evaluates all aspects of your restaurant or other hospitality-related business. She identifies inefficiencies and formulates a custom tailored plan of action that results in an executable path to the ultimate goal of a healthy, thriving, growing business. With over 19 years of experience, she specializes in constructing solutions to maximize profits, instilling integrity in the workplace and creating opportunity, sustainability, and longevity for your business.

Hello and Welcome!

My name is Rebekah Goldman, and I am a Leadership and Team Development Consultant in the Hospitality Industry.

And yes, I am still a working chef.

Why? Because this industry is moving and shaking things up fast. In order to keep up, you gotta be knee deep in the trenches with the rest of 'em. Plus, I'm not great at sitting in front of a computer. I actually prefer standing for 10 hours a day. After 10 minutes of sitting, I'm searching for a reach-in cooler to reorganize. (Hence why I have never had a door on my office.)

I entered the Food and Beverage Industry when I was 14. I've worked from the bottom to the top in various Restaurants, Bakeries, Hotels, Country Clubs, Bars, Event Venues, and my all time favorite... Catering Companies.

What can I say? I love this Industry.

There is just something that gets me fired up when I have to set up an entire kitchen in the middle of the desert without access to power or running water. Throw in an oven that won't light and I think to myself, “bring it on!”

Something I’ve realized over the years is that there is one definitive thing that determines the ultimate fate of a business's success. It’s not the location, it’s not the menu, or hours of operation (which all do play an important role). It is something we often overlook that is detrimental to our sustainability as a business. 

We are an industry made up of people.

Plain and simple.

What if I told you that the main ingredient to success is your TEAM? Large or small, multi-million dollar brand or a new start up, we all need a team that can execute our products and services. Luckily for us, our industry has not been completely taken over by machines...yet. So what does that mean? It means that every person we employ has the ability to affect our bottom line. 

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Now I know what you're thinking... we prefer doing things alone and don't need help right?

”If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”

By not asking for help we ignore critical things happening around us every day which leads to questioning. How do our products and services suffer? How much longer can we continue to hold all of these balls in the air before they come crashing down on us?

Testimonials  +  Reviews

Marissa review

"Finding someone to coach and guide you in your career who sees your goals, and makes your success their number one goal is a rare find! Rebekah understands what it means to be a true leader and helped me see that in myself every day even when I couldn't. Few people in this world truly thrive off the success of those they teach and help grow. I've been blessed to have her in my corner most of my career and have thrived because of it!"

Marissa Delgado

Corinne review

"Rebekah has been such a major support system  in my professional career. She can always see when I need a little pick me up even before I realize I need it. She will call you any hour of the night to give you the advice that you need to hear. She is always willing to go that extra mile to make sure you achieve your goals and is first to recognize her team for their successes. Sometimes all you need is a kind word from someone you look up to make you feel comfortable in what you are doing. Rebekah will always be someone I admire and respect, a mentor and a friend."

Corinne Hodgson

Earl review

"When I first started working with Rebekah, it was very clear she was extremely career-driven and had a no BS attitude when it came to work. Very quickly I realized she was also a people person with an acute sense of others wants, needs, dreams, desires and goals. She was not like the other chefs I had met in my life. Rebekah was not in it to make herself the center of attention. Everything she does is for her team. Not just to make the company better but to better her teams lives in and out of work. I am only one of many who see Rebekah for the truly amazing person she is. I have no doubt she will continue to better many people's lives just as she has done mine." 

Earl Maekem

Pat review

"Building teams, creating systems, setting expectations, and  identifying inefficiencies are only a fraction of what Rebekah Goldman specializes in. Trustworthy, consistent, goal oriented, and remarkably perceptive make her qualified to evaluate and assist many situations. Her dedication  to seeing a project through while training and developing staff is unparalleled.”

Pat Christofolo

Lisa review

"As a natural leader and teacher, Rebekah created Standard Operating Procedures. She spent an enormous amount of time training existing and new staff to fully understand and follow food safety guidelines, and in some cases, the basics of working in a kitchen. Of course, this not only allowed for an extremely organized kitchen environment, but it also built confidence in employees, and allowed them to work together as a team for a common goal. Rebekah has been a great asset to our team."

Lisa Tarsitano

Kelly review

"When I first met Rebekah, I was 19 years old and just out of culinary school. She took a chance on me, and turned me into what I like to believe is a successful chef. I had no idea what I wanted to do in my career and she was there to guide me as I learned. The best thing about her is that she sees the best in people before they see it in themselves. I believe some people are born to be leaders and some aren’t; that doesn’t mean they can’t be taught. She knows the process of how to get someone there like the back of her hand. I owe her a lot and I am very thankful that she took that chance on me. The Rebekah I know sets her mind to something and doesn’t stop until she gets the results she wants."

Kelly Marcanti

Angie E review

"Rebekah is a true visionary, she has an amazing ability to create and see each individual piece and person it takes to make a project happen... She creates a fun, positive, productive environment that is truly gratifying to be a part of... This world needs more people like Rebekah. She makes you feel like you can accomplish anything and is there to help you each step of the way."

Angie E.

Taking the Wheel Consulting

Whether you're the GM of a hotel, a restaurant owner, or running a little mom-and-pop bakery, most of you are experiencing the same things. You are burnt out. You have an unhealthy balance between career and home life. An 8-hour workday seems to feel like a vacation. You are physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. And if you get one more phone call about a walk-in going down, or the bartender calling in sick, you are considering updating your resume and applying to that 9 to 5 life! Let our team help to revive your passion for your business!

How amazing would it be:

~ If you were able to take a day off or go on a vacation completely worry free, because you have a team that can support you in your absence? 

~ If sales were through the roof, profits were high, and you were able to offer elevated products and services to your clients day in and day out?

~ If you had a team of loyal employees who see the value in your offerings and are committed to the success of your business?

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Can You Imagine...

~ Waking up inspired and excited to go to work because you are finally enjoying your life to the fullest?

~ Experiencing an abundant, purposeful, and rewarding career?

~ Knowing what it feels like to be in control again?

Taking the Wheel Consulting

I love this industry with all of my heart. We would be nothing without the hardworking, dedicated, passionate individuals who give their all.

Do you ever feel like nobody quite gets what we do unless they are in the industry? Trust me, before I learned those lessons I suffered just as you are right now. I worked 100+ hours a week, I was constantly worried, always 1 step forward and 3 steps back. I was drowning. My home life was non-existent and I seriously considered trading it in for that 9 to 5.

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But then I created the recipe that changed everything for me and unlike most chefs I would love to share this recipe with you.

~ What does your dream life and career look like?

~ What steps are you taking to make that dream a reality?

Want to know the secret recipe?

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