Sep
10
5:30 PM17:30

Food Justice on Tap: A CFPAC Fundraiser at Lagunitas Taproom

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Join us on September 10 for CFPAC’s fall fundraiser, an evening of brews and bites at Lagunitas Taproom. 100% of the bar’s proceeds will support our work, so bring a friend or two and raise a glass with us! Stay tuned for information about tickets and announcements as we get closer to September.

Interesting in supporting or contributing to this event? Reach out to our Administrative Coordinator at krodriguez[at]chicagofoodpolicy[dot]com

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Copy of Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
May
27
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Starting a Food Business (The Hatchery)

May 20: Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. The Hatchery’s cornerstone curriculum course will help you launch a successful food and beverage company. Learn all about the food entrepreneurship space as well as required licensing, certification, financing, and branding. Each attendee will receive our Starting a Food Business checklist, taking you through each license and certification you need to consider, so you’ll get started on the right track.

An experienced business attorney will also cover the many options for structuring your business entity: limited liability company, corporation, “S” corp, sole proprietorship, and partnership. Which structure is right for your venture? Learn the legal implications of each, so you can make an informed decision.

This event is free for residents of the West Side communities (Garfield Park, Austin, North Lawndale, West Humboldt Park). Please call 312-283-5723 with your address to register! Standard Cost: $40

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Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Your Logo's Great, But How's Your BRAND? (The Hatchery Chicago)

When you hear the word “brand”, what comes to mind? Is it a logo, a color, a name? The most impactful and successful brands consider elements far outside this basic scope. In this seminar, we’ll pull back the curtain to look at what the big brands know about activating loyal customers. Discover how to fully capitalize on your brand and how you can effectively communicate your brand identity to customers, buyers, and investors by using crafty and affordable methods.

This event is free for residents of the West Side communities (Garfield Park, Austin, North Lawndale, West Humboldt Park). Please call 312-283-5723 with your address to register! The standard cost is $30.

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Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
May
13
5:00 PM17:00

Copy of Copy of Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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Copy of Growing Diversity in Illinois Solar Projects (Elevate Energy)
May
9
3:00 PM15:00

Copy of Growing Diversity in Illinois Solar Projects (Elevate Energy)

Learn how diverse businesses can benefit from the clean energy economy! New state legislation called the Future Energy Jobs Act has created new Illinois solar programs to include those who have traditionally been left behind. We want to ensure a diverse local workforce has access to these opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • Minority-/women-/veteran-owned business

  • Contractors, electricians, or technicians interested in solar

  • Solar job trainees

  • Developers

This event will be held in two locations - please RSVP for only one of the following:

1805 S. Loomis Street, Chicago IL 60608

  • Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

  • Lozano Branch Chicago Public Library

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60628

  • Thursday, May 9th, 2019

  • Woodson Regional Chicago Public Library

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Why attend?

Learn about solar project opportunities and talk to professionals who can guide you through the new Illinois solar programs. The event will cover:

  • Legislation and Program Overview

  • Solar Workforce Opportunities

  • Next Steps and Future Events

  • Networking

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Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)
May
6
5:00 PM17:00

Eat & Be Street Smart - Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp (Vendors Kitchen)

Eat & Be Street Smart 
3654 W 16th ST CHICAGO IL 60623 | 773 - 888 - 1310

Food Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 6 Weeks

Learn what it takes to go from business idea to prototype to market in our food entrepreneurs bootcamp.

***Real World Challenges - Hands-On Cooking - Group Exercises - Pitch to Investors***

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

  • Mobile Food Carts

  • Food Entrepreneurs

  • Catering Services

  • Food Trucks

  • Food Delivery

  • Urban Farmers

  • Restaurants


Bootcamp:

May 6 - Consumer Product Goods (101) - Transform recipe ideas into successful food and beverage products for the retail and foodservice industry.

May 13 - Food Design Thinking - Learn the creative process that leads to innovative and meaningful propositions for new foods - concepts

May 20 - Business Models / Market Validation - Learn to create, deliver, and captures value / Test & validate your product or business idea

May 27 - Ghost Kitchens / Digital Marketing - Online and delivery only food businesses 

June 3 - Summer Festivals Licensing - Certification class required for all summer festival foodservice vendors

June 10 - Creative Financing - Business Loans - Investments - Leasing - Grants

* Chefs * Business Coaches * Loan Officers * CPA * Marketing Consultant

Price: $35 - $150

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Workshop - Obtaining a City of Chicago Pop-Up License (Plant Chicago)
May
6
4:30 PM16:30

Workshop - Obtaining a City of Chicago Pop-Up License (Plant Chicago)

Are you considering a pop-up for your business? Learn how to become a pop-up host or user under the new City of Chicago pop-up license!

About this Event

Are you considering a pop-up for your business? Or is your business currently in a brick and mortar and looking to share space? Come check out this workshop in which the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship will give us the lowdown on Chicago's new pop-up license, which allows businesses to rent out their retail/restaurant space during off hours to other businesses who do not have a brick and mortar retail location. This license could be a great opportunity for small businesses like you to try out a brick and mortar shop without the commitment of purchasing or signing a long-term lease on a storefront. It’s also a great opportunity for small businesses who have a brick and mortar space and wouldn’t mind sharing costs and allowing another business to “pop up” in their space.

Like any Chicago business license, navigating the rules of the Pop-Up License can be tricky. IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship is here to help! During the session, the IJ Clinic will cover how to become a pop-up host, a pop-up user, and a few other permit-related items to keep in mind when popping up, for example sign code regulations.

Light refreshments will be provided!

Free Event

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May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Develop Your Value Proposition Workshop (The Hatchery)

Do you know your customer? What problem is your offering solving for them? Why would they purchase from you and not from your competitors? A guided workshop will help you master your Value Proposition through a better understanding of your customer, competitive and market environments, and design an offering that your customers actually want to buy. 

This event is free for residents of the West Side communities (Garfield Park, Austin, North Lawndale, West Humboldt Park). Please call 312-283-5723 with your address to register! Standard Cost: $30

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Growing Diversity in Illinois Solar Projects (Elevate Energy)
Apr
30
3:00 PM15:00

Growing Diversity in Illinois Solar Projects (Elevate Energy)

Learn how diverse businesses can benefit from the clean energy economy! New state legislation called the Future Energy Jobs Act has created new Illinois solar programs to include those who have traditionally been left behind. We want to ensure a diverse local workforce has access to these opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • Minority-/women-/veteran-owned business

  • Contractors, electricians, or technicians interested in solar

  • Solar job trainees

  • Developers

This event will be held in two locations - please RSVP for only one of the following:

1805 S. Loomis Street, Chicago IL 60608

  • Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

  • Lozano Branch Chicago Public Library

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60628

  • Thursday, May 9th, 2019

  • Woodson Regional Chicago Public Library

  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Why attend?

Learn about solar project opportunities and talk to professionals who can guide you through the new Illinois solar programs. The event will cover:

  • Legislation and Program Overview

  • Solar Workforce Opportunities

  • Next Steps and Future Events

  • Networking

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Apr
30
7:30 AM07:30

BEST PRACTICES IN RECALL & RISK MANAGEMENT (2019 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SERIES)

Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network

Join us for the first event in our 2019 Science & Technology Series - Best Practices in Recall & Risk Management. Our panel of industry leaders will examine the many facets of dealing with and moving forward in a recall and look at the challenges of risk management - a timely topic which is back in the public spotlight with recent recalls at several large food manufacturers and extensive media coverage!

It's the scenario we all dread: a product recall. With FDA recall rates at notable highs it is important to ask, "Who do you need on your team and what do you need to manage a recall and crisis in today's world?"

Join us for coffee and and refreshments as a cross-functional panel of industry insiders, with multiple perspectives - legal, insurance/financial, crisis communications, and food safety/food science perspective - discusses and provides insights into the modern evolution of product recall.

A discussion on best practices for food & beverage recalls using real life "ripped from the headlines" scenarios. With continued conversation on the "ins and outs" of surviving and maintaining a healthy, growing brand by proactively preparing for the worst.

Registration: $60 for non-members

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop Public (The Deep Roots Project)
Apr
25
12:00 PM12:00

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop Public (The Deep Roots Project)

Healthy soil is dark, well-drained and loose. Once you’ve established your perfect garden, it is important that you maintain the health of your garden’s soil. The Natural Resource Conservation Service defines soil health as a soil’s capacity to function as an ecosystem that supports plants, animals, and humans. Indicators of healthy soil include loose granular structure, well-drained but moist soil, and a relatively dark soil color (influenced by organic matter).

Managing for soil health is one key step toward having a successful garden this summer. Avoiding compaction, covering with dense leaf mulch, applying organic matter, adding biochar, and keeping the soil covered are simple tips that will reap great rewards.

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Somos el Color de la Tierra | We Are the Color of the Earth
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Somos el Color de la Tierra | We Are the Color of the Earth

This past summer, a group of gardeners from Little Village and Englewood visited each other's gardens. At the end of the tours, they shared a meal together and continued to get to know each other more and build community. 

Join us on April 13th from 3-5pm at 1434 W. 51st St. Chicago to see the beautiful photos of last summers exchange! 📸

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UIC Heritage Garden Seed Swap
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

UIC Heritage Garden Seed Swap

  • Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Resident’s Dining Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Spring Seed Swap! Presented by the UIC Heritage Garden
What role do seeds play in advancing food sovereignty?
How does community gardening cultivate cultural diversity?
How does gardening heal a community?

Join the UIC Heritage Garden for our Fifth annual Spring Seed Swap! We invite gardeners, organizations, and community members interested in learning more about gardening, environmental sustainability and social justice. Anyone can come share knowledge, stories, and resources with others, and make new friends from around the city.

Admission is free: you do not need to bring seeds to attend. Refreshments will be served.

When: Sunday April 7, 2019 from 1pm-3pm
Where: Jane Addams Hull House Museum. Resident’s Dining Hall, 800 S Halsted St, Chicago IL 60607.

Donations are welcomed.

The Following Organizations/Groups will be here!
+Chicago Community Gardeners Association
+University of Illinois Extension
+Garfield Park Community Council
+The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market
+Marimacha Monarca Press
+Freshwater lab
+American Indian Center of Chicago
+Telpochcalli Community Education Program
+Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
+Seeds in Service
+Field Museum's Urban Monarch initiative
+Ruckus Teens

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Apr
4
12:00 PM12:00

ABCs of Tomato Production

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. The complete list of topics and speakers is included below. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free.

Apr.4 - ABCs of Tomato Production, Bronwyn Aly, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

Customers are looking for high quality, great tasting tomatoes.  Understanding basic production practices, including variety selection, integrated pest management, and fertility, can help to improve your overall yields and sales.

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Mar
29
5:15 PM17:15

Next Generation Chicago Mayoral Town Hall

  • The Gwendolyn Brooks Library at Chicago State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On behalf of Chicago State University, the League of Women Voters of Illinois and WBEZ Chicago, we are pleased to host the final candidate forum for the 2019 Chicago mayoral runoff election, featuring former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot and Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

WBEZ’s Jenn White will moderate the conversation which will be broadcast live on WBEZ 91.5 FM and will feature questions from a live town hall audience at Chicago State University.

Doors open at 5:15 and the event will start promptly at 5:45pm. Attendees who arrive after 5:45pm will not be permitted inside.

Parents are welcome to bring their middle school and older children. All attendees must be registered. 

Parking notification 
Your printed ticket registration will waive the CSU parking fee of $5. If you don’t bring a printed copy of your ticket, please expect to pay the parking fee.


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Mar
28
12:00 PM12:00

Agroforestry for Diversification on Small Scale Farms

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. The complete list of topics and speakers is included below. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free.

Mar. 28 - Agroforestry for Diversification on Small Scale Farms, Bill Davison, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

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2019 Good Food Expo
Mar
22
to Mar 23

2019 Good Food Expo

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FamilyFarmed's Good Food EXPO celebrates its 15th anniversary at Chicago's UIC Forum.

This event is focused on the fast-growing Good Food movement — featuring a collection of expert speakers, chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, investors, buyers, sellers, DIY enthusiasts and consumers who are accelerating the rise of a better food system.

As the Midwest’s premier annual celebration of the growing Good Food movement, the Good Food EXPO continues to bring together regional and national leaders in local, sustainable food – from farmers to chefs, entrepreneurs to policy makers – to discuss the movement that’s transforming the way we eat.

Cooking demos by renowned chefs will headline FamilyFarmed’s 15th Anniversary Good Food EXPO, March 22-23 at Chicago’s UIC Forum. But the EXPO — the Midwest’s premier annual event focused on locally and sustainably produced food — is about much more than culinary art. Attendees at the Good Food Trade Show on Friday, March 22 and the Good Food Festival on March 23 will be informed and inspired by symposiums and panels featuring leading experts from across the Good Food spectrum.

Join Chicago Food Policy Action Council for several workshops on Good Food Purchasing during the Good Food Trade Show on Friday, March 22!

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Mar
21
12:00 PM12:00

Reducing Damage to Livestock and Specialty Crops from Wildlife

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. The complete list of topics and speakers is included below. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free.

Mar. 21 - Reducing Damage to Livestock and Specialty Crops from Wildlife, Dave ShileyUniversity of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator

Protecting livestock and crops on the farm from predation can be challenging.  In this presentation, an integrated pest management approach will provide options for reducing the likelihood of loss to wildlife.  The discussion will include wildlife population management, limitations, exclusion techniques, fencing designs, and options in the use of guard animals.

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