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Hatchery Networking – The Business of Culinary Cannabis

April 3, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm | $15

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**UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT and at capacity! Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. We’ll see you at a future Hatchery event!**


Join us for a second edition of The Business of Culinary Cannabis! The rapidly changing cannabis industry continues to intersect with food and beverage innovation. This event session will focus in on entrepreneurs and culinarians utilizing cannabis in their food products. We’ll also dive into data-driven consumer insights to consider where the industry is headed next. Come and hear another exciting conversation about cannabis in the food industry! Please register through the Event Website link.

This #HatcheryNetworking event is presented in collaboration with IFT’s 2-day short course, Cannabis-Infused Edibles: Challenges and Solutions, taking place on April 3-4 at IFT HQ in Chicago. Hatchery members receive IFT premier member rate for this course registration! Email meredith@thehatcherychicago.org for details!


About the moderator:

David Donnan, Investor, Speaker, Partner Emeritus A.T. Kearney

David Donnan is an accomplished business leader and consultant with significant global experience in the agriculture, food and retail industries. With a passion for pressing global issues like hunger relief, and the expertise to match, he brings first-rate knowledge to every client and speaking opportunity.

David is an advisory board member of the Global Midwest Alliance, Here Foods and Good Food Accelerator. He also serves on the boards of Rubicon Organics, Family Farmed, and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A champion of innovation in the food sector, he works as a mentor with many entrepreneurs and startups in the agriculture and food industry

During his career Dave has managed operating companies, run food plants and consulted to leading global retail and consumer product companies in technology and supply chain strategies, brand growth and market positioning. He is a partner emeritus with A.T. Kearney, a global management-consulting firm. He lives in Chicago with his wife Karen.

About the panelists:

Ryan Crane – Founder and CEO, Tukan

Ryan founded Tukan with a passion to create products that deliver reliable functionality through clean, natural ingredients. With professional experience spanning both M&A investment banking and entrepreneurial ventures, Ryan has developed a unique ability to operate decisively within a wide array of business scenarios. Ryan received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (honors), and BA in Neuroscience / Psychology from Princeton University (magna cum laude). Ryan is also a CFA charter holder, and a Hatchery Entrepreneur Member.

Tukan produces premium CBD beverages that bring clarity and focus into your everyday routine. Tukan’s line of wellness shots features complementary blends of CBD and functional superfoods that support your body’s natural rhythm and help you get the most out of your day. Refreshingly clean and powerfully revitalizing – no fake flavors, no synthetic sweeteners, no preservatives. Just the good stuff to keep your mind feeling balanced clear and balanced!

Chef Manny Mendoza is the creative force behind Herbal Notes, a series of culinary cannabis experiences: dinner parties, brunches, workshops and a variety of collaborative events across the country, educating through the application of CBD into the dining experience. A priority is also working to understand and address the injustices affecting POC found at the intersections of race, capitalism, discrimination and the failed and destructive war on drugs. A native of the south side of Chicago, Chef Mendoza graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with supportive coursework in music, nutrition, and business. Chef Mendoza’s work is driven by the desire to help people understand mental, physical, and spiritual wellness through food & music. His mission with food and cannabis is the same: shared community, food equity, and cannabis as a natural medicine for all.

Bethany Gomez – Managing Director, Brightfield Group

Bethany has a background in quantitative and strategic research, specializing in the market research of the consumer goods industry. Prior to joining Brightfield Group, she worked with Euromonitor International, a leading CPG market research firm, managing the company’s syndicated research of industries such as packaged foods, alcoholic drinks, consumer health and tobacco in Mexico. She has also worked as an analyst and consultant on a wide variety of projects for private companies, nonprofits and multilateral organizations, including analyzing opportunities to leverage telecom to promote World Bank health initiatives and contributing to human resource strategic planning for the United Nations. Bethany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree from University of San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, focusing on Quantitative Analysis and Management.

As Director of Research, Bethany designs all of Brightfield Group’s products, both as custom research and syndicated research. She develops and defines methodologies and manages all projects conducted by the excellent team of analysts and data-scientists. Bethany works with clients to identify their needs and build customized solutions and work closely with our business development team to showcase our capabilities, build proposals and develop solutions for our clients and develop strategic partnerships with key players both inside and outside this industry.

Sarah Gillin: Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer – Olli

Sarah brings to Olli over 15 years of experience working with luxury brands, with a special focus on marketing, brand development and event planning. With her passion for marketing, she produces compelling branding for Olli, while forming strategic business alliances and marketing partnerships. In addition to providing brand direction, Sarah works closely with the Olli team to manage and oversee all day to day operations of the business. Sarah holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Dalhousie University, a post- graduate degree in Marketing from Parsons School of Design and an Executive MBA from the prominent Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Over the years, Sarah has overseen retail partnerships and collaborations with high-end local and international organizations and brands, including one of Toronto’s most exclusive and affluent jewellers. Having worked in both Toronto and New York, Sarah has extensive experience in luxury retail, event execution, refining brand identity and tailoring the client experience. Sarah is breaking down barriers for women in the cannabis industry, developing a compelling brand for entry-level cannabis curious to seasoned cannabis consumers.

“I want to bring all of that to Olli,” she says. “This is such an exciting brand and it is changing the perception of cannabis-infused products – proving they are not only fun and healthful but also luxurious and sophisticated.”

About Olli:

Olli crafts premium cannabis-infused teas, edibles and additives. We work with best-in- class suppliers to offer quality natural ingredients and medical-grade cannabis that is tested from seed to sale. Our exclusive tea blends are internationally sourced and chosen by our in-house, world-renowned tea sommelier, while our edibles are prepared by an award-winning chef who trained at Michelin-starred restaurants. Olli’s aim is to become a trusted leader in carefully curated, premier cannabis infused goods, offering specialty teas, edibles and additives. Our products will epitomize fun, the healthful enjoyment of cannabis, unmatched quality and taste without sacrifice. Olli is not currently producing or selling product with anticipation of edibles and beverages to be legal in the Canadian recreational market in 2019.


April 3, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm




The Hatchery Chicago
135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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