Good Food Trade Show & Industry Conference, March 17

The Good Food Industry Conference addresses the growing markets for Good Food from many unique perspectives. We encourage you to experience them all!

The Conference connects food buyers with producers and growers; expands local procurement capacity; engages school food professionals; provides a forum to discuss local, statewide and national food policy; and educates the public about the importance and impact of Good Food.

Our trade show floor, the Good Food Industry Showcase, was open from 10:00am-5:00pm on Friday and featured more than 100 local, sustainable farmers, artisanal food producers and distributors. Meet and do business with the Good Food businesses that make up the vibrancy of our local foodshed. Click to view our 2016 list of exhibitors.

HNSlogoIn 2016, the Good Food Industry Networking Reception, was generously supported by the Healthy & Natural Show. Open to all Friday exhibitors, speakers and attendees, the Networking Reception was an opportunity to meet and network with business leaders, buyers, and producers. Local craft beers, spirits and wines were poured along with Good Food refreshments and treats provided by local partners.



9:00 – 10:30am
Hall C

Opening Symposium

Kris Moon, Vice President, James Beard Foundation
Wes King, Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Erika Allen, Chicago and National Projects Manager, Growing Power
Steve Koch, Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago
Kate Maehr, Executive Director and CEO, Greater Chicago Food Depository
Renee Michaels, Vice President, Kinship Foundation
Leland Strom, Director, FARM Illinois
Charlotte Flinn, Owner, Flinn Consultants, FamilyFarmed Board Chair
Jim Slama, President, FamilyFarmed
Bobby Turner, Vice President of Merchandising, Distribution and Purchasing, Whole Foods

10:30 – 10:45am

Beginning Farmer of the Year Award Presentation

Tom Spaulding, Angelic Organics Learning Center, CRAFT
Farmer Finalists,

10:45 – 12:00pm
Room D

Beyond The Label Top 5 Loacal Maraketing Trends and what they mean to you as a producer, wholesaler/reseller, retailer and end consumer.

Daphne Mazarakis, CEO, Fair Acre Traders
Lisa DeVries, Director of Marketing, Communications and Business Development, Goodness Greeness
Kevin Jezewski, Director of Sustainability and Special Projects, SAVOR McCormick Place
Gary Lazarski, CEO, MightyVine

Room E Farmer-to-Farmer Resources to Grow Your Farm!Farmer-to-farmer resources to build the local and sustainable greater Chicago food and farm economy.

Bill Ladd-Cawthorne, Farm Finance Project Coordinator, Angelic Organics Learning Center, Moderator
Billy Burdett, Executive Director, Advocates for Urban Agriculture
Cara Cummings, Executive Director, The Land Connection
Molly Gleason, Communications Director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance
Lindsay Miller, Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Organics Growers Association
Chris Prchal, Farmer, Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition
Angela Rester, Executive Director, Wellspring Farm & CRAFT

Room F

School Gardens: All Hands on DeckLearn about the efforts to build, engage and sustain edible education from Chicago school garden organizations and stakeholders.

Drew Thomas, School Garden Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools
Sam Koentopp, Program Manager, The Kitchen Community
Amanda Fieldman, Director of Development, Gardeneers
Marnie Ware, Biology Teacher and Garden Leader, Prosser Career Academy

12:00 – 1:00pm

Food to Market Challenge ReviewA $500,000 challenge to boost Chicago’s supply of local, sustainable food

Sarah Knobloch, Senior Program Associate, Kinship Foundation
Jaison Morgan, Managing Principal, Common Pool

1:00 – 2:15pm
Room D

Building Scale into the Local Food Supply ChainLearn how to manage the logistics of producer-buyer/distributor relationships.

Chris Blakeney, Amazing Grace Farm
Erika Block, Local Orbit
Kymm Mutch, Mutch Better Food
Evan Smith, Cherry Capital Foods/Muskegon Food Hub
Tad Bukowski, Testa Produce

Room E

Scaling up Local GrainsGrowing, processing and marketing grains in the driftless area

Don Lewis, Owner, Wild Hive Farm
Gilbert Williams, Lonesome Stone Milling
Ellen King, Co-Owner and Director of Baking Operations, Hewn Bakery
Harold Wilken, Janie’s Farm
Greg Wade, Head Baker, Publican Quality Bread
Jeff Hake, Farmer Training Program Manager, The Land Connection, Moderator

Room F

Best Practices in School & Institutional FoodThe goal of the panel is to illustrate the practices necessary to successfully implement and maintain school and institutional Good Food programs.

George Madzhirov, CEO, HandCut Foods
Carter O’Brien, Sustainability Manager, The Field Museum
Bill Marks, Director of Food, Nutrition and Environmental Services, Hennepin County Medical Center
Lindsay Blough, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education – Nutrition & Wellness Program
Lydia Mills, Farm to School Program Manager and IL Farm to School Network State Lead, Seven Generations Ahead

2:30 – 3:45pm
Room D

Financing Local FoodExplore the path to enable the next-generation of investors to employ their capital into a diversified, regional food and farmland companies.

David Miller, Co-Founder and CEO, Iroquois Valley Farms LLC
Harry Carr, Mint Creek Farm
DD Danforth Burlin, SloFIG
Deidre Birmingham, Grants Advisor, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Ejaz Syed, Vice President – Government Lending Specialist, BMO Financial Group
Derek Weber, Vice President Marketing and Corporate Relations, 1st Farm Credit Services
John Wellehan, FamilyFarmed

Room E

The Good Meat Supply ChainWhat it takes to meet the food industry’s demand for better meat, from pasture to plate.

John-Mark Hack, Executive Director, Local Food Association
Fred Lechlitner, Sales Manager, Miller Poultry
Dave Rand, Chief Operating Officer and Sales Director, Local Foods
Greg Gunthorp, Farmer, Gunthorp Farms
LouisJohn Slegal, Owner, Slagel Farms

Room F

Food Safety in the Age of FSMAWhat does the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mean for your food handling and safety practices.

Matt Botos, CEO, ConnectFood
Mark Carter, Manager of Food Safety, Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Department, IIT/IFSH
Adam DeGroot, President/Sales Representative, DeGroot Logistics, Inc./DeGroot’s Vegetable Farms
Megan Klein, President, FarmedHere
Donna Rockin, Executive Director, Knapp Entrepreneurship Center at IIT

4:00 – 5:15pm
Room D

Recipe for Change: How the Culinary Community is Creating a Good Food SystemDiscover how America’s leading chefs and the larger culinary community of farmers/purveyors, are working to create a fair, healthy, sustainable and just food system

Kris Moon, Vice President, James Beard Foundation
Paul Fehribach, Chef and co-owner, Big Jones
Bruce Sherman, Chef and Partner, North Pond
Abra Berens, Stock
Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco, Frontera Fresca

Room E

Getting Your Food Products on the ShelvesHow to build your brand and differentiate yourself to make a true impression on retailers.

Bobby Turner, Vice President of Merchandising, Distribution and Purchasing, Whole Foods Market
Bob Scaman, CEO, Goodness Greeness
Viraj Puri, Co-Founder and CEO, Gotham Greens
Kimberly Bentz, Local Supplier Development Group Manager, UNFI
Christ Kamberos, Vice President of Development, Treasure Island
Mark Palicki, Vice President of Marketing, Fortune Fish & Gourmet

Room F

Creating Success in the Local Food Procurement LifecycleThis panel will illustrate from a state, regional and national perspective how Good Food producers, buyers, distributors and advocates can create successful and profitable relationships

Kymm Mutch, Owner, Mutch Better Food
Alan Shannon, Director, Midwest Region Public Affairs, USDA
Daphne Mazarakis, CEO, Fair Acre Traders
Barbara Norman, Farmer, Barbara’s Blueberry Batch
Denis Jennisch, Director of Sourcing Produce, US Foods

5:00 – 7:00pm

Good Food Industry Networking Reception, Supported by the Healthy & Natural ShowAn opportunity to meet and network with business leaders, buyers, and producers. (This event replaces the Localicious Party and Meet the Buyers Reception.) Open to all Friday exhibitors, speakers and attendees.

Food and beverage provided by*:
The Cider Farm, Grand River Spirits, Forbidden Root, MightyVine, Hand Cut Foods, Tiny But Mighty Popcorn, Think Jerky, Greenstar Brewing, Begyle Brewing, Quincy Street Distillery, Chicago Distilling, Columbia Street Roastery, Simple Mills, Top Note Tonic, Brickstone Brewery, Wind Ridge Herb Farm, Karma Kombucha, Fox Valley Wine, Creme de la Coulee Artisan Cheese, Wild Bloosom

*Subject to change


10:45 – 12:00pm
Room G

Our Seeds are in NeedProtect the tradition of seed sharing. Learn about seed libraries and other ways that people save and share seed. Find out what you can do to stand up to continue this vital tradition.

Jeff Hake, Farmer Training Program Manager, The Land Connection, Moderator
Rebecca Osland, Policy Associate, Illinois Stewardship Alliance
Dan Kenney, DeKalb County Community Gardens
Sarah Hernandez, UIC Heritage Garden
State Representative Will Guzzardi, 39th District

Room H

Food Carts in Chicago- Out of the ShadowsRecent legislation through Chicago City Council is working to legitimize street vendors selling food. How does this affect small businesses, entrepreneurs and the food culture of the city?

Beth Kregor, University of Chicago Law
Hilary Gowins, IL Policy Institute
Vicky Lugo, Street Vendors Association
Alderman Roberto Maldonado, 26th Ward

Room I

Fighting Hunger with Local Food OptionsThere are many underutilized ways local food can be more accessible. Let’s discuss how to make local food more accessible to food insecure people.

Bob Dolgan, Director of Statewide Partnerships, Greater Chicago Food Depository
Kathy Chan, Cook County Health & Hospital System
Viraj Puri, Co-Founder and CEO, CEO Gotham Greens
Laura Erikson, Market Coordinator, Windy City Harvest
Corey Chatman, Experimental Station
Danny Block, Chicago State University

Room G

How to Squeeze Blood from a Turnip- Providing a Path to Greater Physical/Fiscal Health for IL by Funding Statewide SNAPLearn about Illinois’ proposed Healthy Local Food Incentives Fund legislation to invest in a nutrition incentive program geared to improve the health of our SNAP population.

Connie Spreen PhD, Experimental Station
Mike Tryon, Illinois State Representative (66th District)
Janie Maxwell MS, RDN, LDN, Executive Director Illinois Farmers Market Association
Janna Simon, MPH, Program Manager, Center for Policy & Partnership Initiatives, Illinois Public Health Institute

Room H

Let’s Talk Trash. Food Waste: Problem or Opportunity?What local initiatives to address food waste are taking place from the household to restaurant and industrial? This session will bring speakers from specific stages along the food supply chain.

JoAnne Berkenkamp, Food & Agriculture Program at NRDC
Gerry MacGuire, Corporate Partnerships, Greater Chicago Food Depository
Raj Karmani, Zero Percent
Luke Saunders, Farmers Fridge

Room I

Chicago Food Policy Action Council

Good Food Purchasing Policy: Jose Oliva
Urban Farmland Access: Erika Allen

Room G

Fair Wages: Building Equitable Food Systems through Policy ChangeIn this workshop we share insights from the fair food movement on how we’re building power to craft equitable food policy. Panelists share a new approach towards labor on urban farms and throughout the food chain.

Felipe Tendick-Matesanz, Development and Knowledge-Management Specialist, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Harry Rhodes, Executive Director, Growing Home
Stephanie Douglass, Growing Home
Viraj Puri, Gotham Greens
Jose Oliva, Food Chain Workers Alliance

Room H

Food as Medicine: Community Health SolutionsThis panel details work between Mercy Hospital, Lawndale Christian Health Center, PCC Wellness, and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Angela Mason, Windy City Harvest
Wayne Detmer, Lawndale Christian Health Center
Lucia Flores, PCC Wellness Center
Ruby Fong, Mercy Hospital Community Garden

Room I

Chicago Food Policy Action Council

Urban Agriculture Licenses: Laurell Sims
Urban Commercial Livestock: Lauralyn Clawson
Food Access: Daniel Block

Room G

Mapping Out Progressive Urban Agriculture Policy in ChicagoA panel of leaders from Chicago’s urban agriculture movement will discuss current initiatives to improve local policy that impacts growing food in the city, from residential gardens to urban farms.

Bob Fuller, Legislative Aide, Office of Ald. Joe Moore (49)
Martha Boyd, Program Director Urban Initiative, Angelic Organics Learning Center
Ben Helphand, Executive Director, Neighborspace
Billy Burdett, Advocates for Urban Agriculture

Room H

The Mission of Homegrown by Heroes: Farmer Veteran Program to Mobilize Veterans to Feed AmericaFrom the grocery shelf or farmers market to online retail, the Homegrown by Heroes identity will help encourage buyers to support and purchase products grown local by a veteran.

Veronica Porter, Homegrown by Heroes
Frank Lutz, Owner, Veteran Farmer, Fox River Farm
Cynthia Haskins, Illinois Farm Bureau
Karen Fraase, Illinois Department of Agriculture

Room I

Chicago Food Policy Action Council

Food Access: Daniel Block

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