Upcoming Classes & Events

Harvest Fest

The Hatchery Chicago 135 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL
Free

* NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED * Each fall, we invite community members to dress up in costumes and join us at The Hatchery for our annual Harvest Fest. We'll open up The Hatchery on Saturday, October 22 from 10 am - 2 pm in partnership with the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market for giveaways, crafts, games, and as …

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Using Functional Ingredients to Spark Culinary Creativity

The Hatchery Chicago 135 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL
$10

Synergy Flavors’s Kevin Molidor and Ingredion’s Chef Nelson Serrano-Bahri come together to discuss how developing a nuanced understanding of texture, taste, and flavor can inspire culinary creativity. Learn how properly pairing functional ingredients can enhance a customer's experience while maintaining the integrity of your product. This immersive, interactive, in-person session offers samples to see first-hand …

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Simple Ways to Scale Your Business

The Hatchery Chicago 135 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL
$10

A proof of concept starts a food business and scaling up through commercialization keeps it thriving. Join Chef Nelson Serrano-Bahri from our partner Ingredion to understand product scale up requirements. This class covers ingredient and supply chain considerations, co-packer and manufacturer opportunities, distribution landscapes, and e-commerce utilization.   About the Presenter:  Chef Nelson Serrano-Bahri’s culinary …

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Get Your Product on Target Shelves

Virtual IL
$20

National retailer Target works closely with suppliers around the world to source new products and new ways to deliver value to guests while strengthening communities. Join Le’Spencer Walker to find out how to become a vendor, explore the Standards for Target suppliers, and become retail ready to launch at Target. About the Presenter:  Le’Spencer Walker …

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How Your Packaging Represents Your Brand

Virtual IL
$20

A cohesive package design differentiates your brand in retail and digital markets and strengthens your branding. Join Epac Flexibles’s Jeff Jacobs to review the packaging process, hear the advantages of digital printing and variable data printing, and learn tricks for low-cost software and methods to test and validate your design. The class also covers the …

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Rethink the Path Forward: When to Push and When to Pause

The Hatchery Chicago 135 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL
$10

Evaluating your business regularly is an important exercise for entrepreneurs, because there are circumstances that we can’t plan for. Whether it is sourcing issues, a change in personal passions, or a global pandemic, many things can change the path of your business. Hear from a panel of business owners who made the challenging decision to …

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Understanding Food Label Claims and Certifications

The Hatchery Chicago 135 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL
$10

As educated consumers seek better-for-you foods, consumer packaged goods brands are adapting and creating new products marketed towards “all-natural” diets. Join Jahn Marie Parise of Burnt Sienna Innovations to learn how to properly label your categories to consumers, discover the different claim types and certifications, and streamline your business to process claims efficiently in the …

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ICNC & The Hatchery Chicago’s World’s Fair 2022

The Hatchery Chicago 135 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL
$200

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*** SOLD OUT ***   Come one, come all! Inspired by the innovative creations from Chicago’s 1933 World's Fair, experience the future of food, personal care, beauty, and more with ICNC and The Hatchery Chicago's World's Fair. Try samples from emerging brands, discuss trending topics with notable speakers, and network with industry peers for a …

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Starting A Food Business

The Hatchery Chicago - HYBRID 135 N Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL
$40

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Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. Join Natalie Shmulik of The Hatchery and Cheryl Balough of Balough Law Offices to go through a food business checklist and make sure you structure your business correctly from the start. This class covers required licensing, certification, financing, and branding.  This event is free for residents of the West Side communities. To …

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Preparing for Market Season Selling in 2023

The Hatchery Chicago 135 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL
$10

Filing paperwork, having proper licensing, and meeting deadlines can be a daunting task when it comes to selling at farmers and artisan  markets. This session will highlight best practices, application tips, and how to generate sales and brand followers. Applications open and close before you know it, so sign up today!    About the Presenters: …

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Trend Spotter: 2022 Lessons & 2023 Predictions

The Hatchery Chicago 135 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL
$10

A new year inspires new ideas and innovations! As we reflect on a year full of mood-boosting goods, plant-forward finds, and climate-conscious consumers, it’s time to envision the trends of tomorrow. Join experts from Mintel, IRi, and Datassential to look at the consumer trends of 2022 and what we can expect to see in 2023 and beyond! …

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