CFBN Events

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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:

    • 15 Feb 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • CoLaboratory, 1210 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60607

    It has been tough to get a handle on what comes next for the economy overall and how that applies to the food & beverage industry. Come and see presentations from two top-notch prognosticators and speakers regarding what they each see playing out this year, and how you and your business can prepare for it. 

    Join us for these insightful presentations, and stay for some stimulating discussion and networking.        


    BMO Economist Michael Gregory will present “Economic Outlook: From Here to Price Stability.” Inflation looks like it has already peaked, and Fed policy rates look like they could do the same soon. However, how long Fed rates stay elevated will depend on how readily inflation recedes. And, food price hikes are proving to be quite stubborn, continuing to reel from supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and climate change. Currently, most key economic indicators are pointing to recession which will prod further disinflation, apart from those tied to the still-tight labor market. How long before it too slackens, which is required to ultimately restore price stability?

    Michael Gregory, CFA

    Deputy Chief Economist & Head of U.S. Economics | Managing Director, BMO

    Michael is part of the team responsible for forecasting and analyzing the North American economy and financial markets. He has spent his career working in either economics or financial markets research for firms on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. 


    Technomic expert David Henkes’ presentation will reveal authoritative industry sales data and overarching trends that span the globe and are fueling industry growth. He will also share fact-based insight about the factors driving success among industry leaders and the latest consumer research spanning the globe. Learn about the macro forces shaping future food and beverage usage and what is driving global consumers to restaurants and what they expect from the experience in 2023. 

    David Henkes, Senior Principal, Technomic

    Since joining the firm in 1996, David has managed a wide variety of proprietary and multi-client engagements, both domestic and global. As a senior member of the firm, his specific responsibilities include client development, engagement oversight, and industry relations. His range of experience is wide and includes market and strategic planning, customer satisfaction benchmarking, opportunity analyses, acquisition due diligence evaluations, new product evaluation and concept testing, usage/attitude analyses, and distribution systems analyses. He also oversees the firm's Beverage Practice. 


    MODERATOR: Alan Reed, Executive Director, Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

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    • 18 May 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Crane's Landing at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

    Join Bigger Table and the Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network at our annual Golf Outing.

    We invite the food and beverage community to come support Bigger Table's charitable initiatives and enjoy lunch, games, and a great day of golf at an outing like no other!

    Registration and sponsorships now available.  Please contact Paul Cusimano ( with any questions. 

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