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September 2017

Hatchery Networking – More Food Places in Smaller Spaces

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ICNC – First Floor, 320 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$10

This networking event will explore the rapidly changing landscape of the food industry. Join featured guest Anshul Mangal—Founder of Furious Spoon, Deadbolt, Pink Squirrel, Firefin Poke, and the soon-to-be-open Lakeview market—as he discusses trends, expansions, fast casual concepts, and the ever popular food hall space. **Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please register online. Tickets will be $20 at the door**

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October 2017

Taste Talks—Need for Speed: How The Food Industry is Keeping Up with Consumer Demands For Convenience

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Revival Food Hall, 125 S Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60603 United States
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$99

Taste Talks is a national series of festivals celebrating the future of taste through symposia, awards, tastings, dinners, and parties. They are returning to Chicago this October to bring together amazing chefs, restaurants, and cultural figures together with everyday food enthusiasts to engage in great conversation, awesome food and one-of-a-kind experiences over 3 days. Spend a full day with some of the best and brightest chefs, authors, journalists and makers with food-driven panels, presentations, demos and tastings. Spend the day…

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Holiday Pop Up Market Series with Read It & Eat!

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Read It & Eat, 2142 N Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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Free

Bring your family and friends to Chicago's ultimate food-lover's destination, Read It & Eat. Join us the second Saturday of every month to taste delicious local bites, stock up on holiday gifts and browse through an incredible selection of cookbooks. This month's vendors are: - Chutney Devis - No Denial Foods - the zen of slow cooking

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Advanced Branding & Messaging – Refine Your Food Brand

October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ICNC – First Floor, 320 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

If you joined the introductory "Your Logo Is Great..." class on how to build a brand, or you have gone through your own brand building efforts, you will enjoy this opportunity to go a layer deeper on refining your brand.  During this interactive session, you will learn how to build and refine a strong brand so that it is effectively communicated and about the importance of evolving your brand as the business grows.  Direct benefits of attending also include learning: when to…

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Tiny Print Makes a Big Difference: Label Claims on Packaging & Menus

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
ICNC – First Floor, 320 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$30

Labeling helps consumers make informed and healthful decisions about meals and snacks, especially important since Americans are eating and drinking nearly 1/3 of their calories away from home. New FDA regulation labeling will be consistent nationwide and will provide easy-to-understand nutrition information in a direct and accessible manner.

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November 2017

How Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Can Drive Better Business Decisions

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ICNC – First Floor, 320 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

You don't have to break the bank to build out key performance indicators (KPIs), but ignoring these metrics will cripple your business. Deep dive into the world of KPIs for food & beverage businesses who are well-versed in the basics but are seeking to take their analytical capabilities to the next level. After briefly covering the value of KPIs (which most attendees should know coming in) the workshop will cover best practices to identify and track your KPIs. We will…

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SEO Tips for Startup Food & Beverage Businesses

November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
ICNC – First Floor, 320 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$20

This discussion-based workshop will go over the importance and benefits of having a well-executed Search Engine Optimization (SEO) program. Entrepreneurs will learn what SEO is, as well as practical tips to implement right away into their digital marketing strategy to drive growth and awareness of their food & beverage brand.  

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Holiday Pop Up Market Series with Read It & Eat!

November 11 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Read It & Eat, 2142 N Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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Free

Bring your family and friends to Chicago's ultimate food-lover's destination, Read It & Eat. Join us the second Saturday of every month to taste delicious local bites, stock up on holiday gifts and browse through an incredible selection of cookbooks.

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Everything E-commerce- Tips for Building and Maintaining a Strong E-commerce Platform

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ICNC – First Floor, 320 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

Online grocery sales are expected to capture 20% of the market by 2025. Set and perfect your online sales strategy. Learn everything you need to know about building a strong e-commerce platform including types of e-commerce, how to protect online transactions, legal and insurance guidelines, and marketing strategies.

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Food Business Regulation Seminar

November 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
ICNC – First Floor, 320 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$30

Join us for a highly requested workshop that will cover: 1) The Basics of Food Oversight—how they are developed, how they work. This will cover who oversees what—USDA, FDA, State, City—and how to figure out your jurisdiction(s). This section will also cover when someone needs a HACCP plan and who needs Food Safety Manager/Food Handler certificates. You should start thinking about this at the very beginning stage of your food business. 2) Food Regulations & Business Strategy—decisions to make with food regulations…

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