CFBN Events

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We continue to closely watch the guidance of local, regional, and national government restrictions to best shape our future in-person and event offerings. In the meantime, we continue to offer a collection of virtual and hybrid events designed to create opportunities for connection, networking, and knowledge sharing amongst our industry! Our hope is to provide opportunities for our industry to connect via conversation, education, and virtual networking to keep innovation happening and keep our industry mobilized! Use the links below to connect to those events and STAY TUNED - we are working with all of our members to build out more content for the the coming months!   

Upcoming CFBN Events:

    • 2 Nov 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • CoLaboratory, 1210 W. Lake Street, Chicago

    What must the next generation of plant-based meat alternatives do to really win in the market? Do you know how your new packaging design is driving (or driving away) purchase, subconsciously? What will make people really care about sustainability?

    What do these seemingly disparate questions have in common? Their answers can be found in neuroscience. Join us, JPG Resources and Creative Food Solutions for this year’s Taste the Trends to look at the big trends driving food and beverage innovation today, and how—through the lens of neuroscience—we can uncover an entirely new way to shape the trends that will disrupt the future.

    It wouldn’t be a true CFBN Taste the Trends event without a sampling of incredible foods prepared by local chefs. Allow us to bring the latest trends to life in unexpected and delicious ways. Stimulate both your brain and taste buds as we explore neuroscience’s role in what we eat and why we buy.

    And be sure to come hungry -- there will be a wide variety of on-trend dishes, drinks, and delights for you to experience and enjoy!

    FEATURED SPEAKERS (more to come).......

    Chef Brian Brindza, Director of Culinary Innovation, Creative Food Solutions

    Chef Brian Brindza is the Director of Culinary Innovation for Creative Food Solutions, the commercial culinary division of The Food Group, which merges advanced product design with food marketing. Chef Brian is a passionate product innovator with 17 years of experience and his focus is culinary product development, creative food innovation, and food marketing. Bringing new and exciting products to market with global food manufacturing companies, leaders in CPG, and top national restaurant chains both domestically and internationally. 

    Chef Aliza Katz, Vice President, Creative Food Solutions

    Chef Aliza Katz is the Vice President of Creative Food Solutions, the commercial culinary division of The Food Group, which merges advanced product design with food marketing. In this role, she provides creative culinary leadership while working directly with culinary, agency associates and client services to invoke a food innovation culture at all levels of the organization.  As lead for the Chicago culinary innovation center, she and her team provide research & development expertise to food companies of all sizes from concept to commercialization. 

    Jane Ko, PhD, Brand & Marketing Lead, JPG Resources

    Jane has a PHD in Neuroscience from Harvard University and over 15 years of marketing and innovation experience in start-up, CPG and luxury sectors, and she combines breadth of expertise with future-facing thinking to create short & long-term business solutions—from driving immediate growth strategies to building world class brands.  In everything she does, Jane leverages neuroscience as a basis to approach the art of marketing as a science, creating an end-to-end consumer experience that maximizes brand value.

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