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Transforming the Flavor of Chicago

  • July 21, 2016
  • 5:30 PM

Transforming the Flavor of Chicago 

Ok, we admit it. We love food.

From growing and producing to distribution, service and consumption, Chicago has always played a prominent role in the food industry in America. Join us to hear from a powerful panel of leaders representing a spectrum of sectors across the industry.

This event is limited to 45 attendees, so register soon!  

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Mike Hamra is the President and CEO of Hamra Enterprises, a developer, owner and operator of Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Panera Bread bakery-cafes and Noodles and Company restaurants spanning from the Midwest to the Northeast. Hamra Enterprises has received multiple awards and recognitions for the brands it owns and care deeply about the communities they serve.


Andrew Lutsey is founder and CEO of Local Foods, Chicago's first wholesale distributor and retailer of exclusively local, farm-direct produce, meat, dairy and groceries. Local Foods was founded to simplify the way Midwestern farmers’ goods are brought to market, and to share the treasures available on family farms around the Midwest.


Kim Oster-Holstein is the Co-Founder of two artisan, handcrafted food companies, Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels and The Crave Bar and is Co-Founder of TwistWorks LLC, a holding company investing in a series of specialty food companies including Industry Juice, a cold-pressed juice company serving the Hospitality Industry. 


Bobby Turner is the Regional Vice President of Purchasing and Distribution at Whole Foods Market for the Midwest, overseeing 8 states and a Canadian Province. Bobby brings 20+ years of experience in retail operations, supply chain management, and supplier relations in the Natural and Organic industry.



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