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The Hatchery’s Annual Holiday Fundraiser: Good Mood Foods and Gutsy Trends

December 2, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm | $50




(312) 283-5723

Save the Date! Join us virtually on December 2 at 4:00 PM for The Hatchery’s Annual Holiday Fundraiser!

What your body digests, your mind projects. Gut microbiomes work together  to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress, which have hit an all-time high since the start of the pandemic. Hear from food and beverage leaders, local entrepreneurs, and gut experts on how brands can continue to innovate and disrupt the better-for-you category, using food as medicine.

All guests will have exclusive access to our Dream Commercial Kitchen Pitch Competition where five finalists will have the opportunity to win a private kitchen space and wraparound support to grow their business. This year, we’re focusing on all things in beverages, bottles, and bags. You won’t want to miss it!

About the speakers and guest judges:

CEO and dairy beverage empire leader Julie Smolyansky of Lifeway Foods will judge the pitches. She has been named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40,’ Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000. 



Revolutionizing the way people think and feel about Kombucha and fermented foods, GT Dave is sharing a message & lifestyle with the world that food is medicine. As the Founder and CEO of GT’s Living Foods, the #1 best-selling and most-loved Kombucha brand, GT has dedicated his life, his brand and even his name on the label, to the philosophy that living foods should be around us and in us to live happier, healthier lives. 


Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle is the CEO and co-founder of Ixcela, the Internal Fitness Company. Ixcela takes a holistic approach to health all on one platform. The ultimate health assessment tool to deliver nutrition, supplement, mindfulness, and fitness recommendations. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2012 from Boston University School of Medicine and holds a B.S. in chemistry from MIT. In 2002 Erika founded Science from Scientists, an award-winning National nonprofit focused on improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) attitudes and aptitudes for children aged 9-13. She is also the co-founder and Director of Education for Robots In Service of the Environment (RSE), a non-profit organization whose mission is to apply robotic solutions to help solve environmental challenges. Watch Erika’s TEDx Talk about gut health here!

More information about speakers to come! All funds support our nonprofit mission of helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and enhancing economic development and job creation on Chicago’s West Side.

A very special thank you to our sponsors:

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support. We’ll see you on December 2, 2021 at 4 pm as the community comes together to boost our moods!
Contact Natalie Shmulik to secure your sponsorship today!


December 2, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


(312) 283 - 5767

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