CFBN Events

connect. convene. facilitate.

We continue to closely watch the guidance of local, regional, and national government restrictions to best shape our future in-person and event offerings. In the meantime, we continue to offer a collection of virtual and hybrid events designed to create opportunities for connection, networking, and knowledge sharing amongst our industry! Our hope is to provide opportunities for our industry to connect via conversation, education, and virtual networking to keep innovation happening and keep our industry mobilized! Use the links below to connect to those events and STAY TUNED - we are working with all of our members to build out more content for the the coming months!   

Upcoming CFBN Events:

    • 7 Dec 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • CoLaboratory, 1210 W. Lake St., Chicago

    It has been an unbelievable year in a variety of ways!  Join CFBN for our last event of the calendar year to celebrate, review, and discuss the trends and changes that make this year unforgettable.   

    Hear a keynote talk from our friends at Datassential that summarizes the trends that influenced us in 2022, and what will drive the food and beverage industry in 2023. Then, join a panel of experts in tasting a variety of new products from incredible start-ups and emerging brands from around Chicagoland. This is a chance to try the newest, trendiest foods on the market! 

    Also, all attendees will receive a special goody bag including a BāKIT Box ( perfect for holiday baking! We can't wait to welcome you to this informative, fun, and festive event!


    Sample Highlights:

    BāKIT Box: Gingersnap Snatcher Cookies, Dark Chocolate Chai Truffles

    Sweet Thing: Triple Chocolate Chunk Peppermint Cookies

    Simple Mills: Seed & Nut Flour Sweet Thins, Veggie Pita Crackers

    Bigger Table: Chocolate Almond Protein Bars

    Edlong: Smoked Savory Carrot Chips

    Hope and Sesame:  Chocolate Hazelnut Sesame Milk

    KOVAL: Cranberry Gin Spritz

    THEO's Plant-Based: BEET Jerky

    (More to Come)


    5:00 - 5:30PM Registration & Networking

    5:30 - 5:40PM Welcome by Alan Reed

    5:40 - 6:30PM Keynote by Datassential

    6:30 - 7:15PM Tasting & Discussion Panel

    7:15 - 7:30PM Q&A 

    7:30 - 8:00PM  Networking & Close


    (Moderator) Larry Deutsch, CEO & Co-Founder, dvk Marketing

    As a Futurist and Alchemist, Larry is a passionate champion of collaboration, creativity, and change.  He has a unique mix of consulting experience at Technomic, brand management and innovation at Kraft Foods and Wrigley, and agency leadership at Wunderman, Ogilvy, Upshot, Havas and Blue Chip Marketing prior to launching dvk with Doug Van Andel and Adam Kaplan.  A recognized industry leader, Larry is a proud member of Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network’s Board of Directors.

    Bridget Hegg, Associate Director, Datassential

     As a food enthusiast and dietitian, Bridget brings a unique point of view to the foodservice industry.  Having worked in restaurants, colleges & universities, hospitals, and in foodservice sourcing she loves working with clients to develop creative foodservice solutions. She holds a degree in Nutritional Science and Dietetics from Cornell University and an MBA from Dominican University. 

    Allyson Fish, President, Global Plant and Alternative Proteins, ADM

    Allyson Fish is the president of Alternative Proteins at ADM, where she has global oversight of ADM’s leading alternative protein portfolio. At ADM, Fish has responsibility for one of the largest businesses in ADM’s Nutrition business unit, and she continues to positively influence ADM’s high investment in innovation and diversification to help fuel the growth of the broader plant based industry. 

    Shelly GuptaCo-Founder & CEOBāKIT Box

    Shelley Gupta is an experienced CPG executive, a philanthropist, and co-founder of BāKIT Box. Shelley began her career as a successful recording artist before transitioning to the world of business and finance. Shelley’s background in music and her business acumen were the perfect creative combination to build the inaugural program and board of directors to mitigate gun violence risks across Chicago. In 2020, Shelley left Accenture to start BāKIT Box, a specialty baking kit company providing culturally diverse recipes for a unique at-home baking experience. 

    Michael Nestrud, VP Partnership Solutions, Curion Insights

    With over 15 years of Food and Sensory Science experience including a PhD earned from Cornell University, Michael guides Curion forward through his passion and expertise.

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