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The First Annual Chicago Startup Food Bash

Organized By
Startup Grind Chicago
Dec 12
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW Chicago is quietly growing as a city for Food Startups. With big exits like RXBAR and newcomers like Kitchfix and Simple Mills, the city is pumping out some special food startups.</p>The First Annual Chicago Startup Food Bash explores what it takes to build a food startup by interviewing 3 prominent founders in the Chicago Food Startup scene:</p>Matt Matros, Co-Founder of LIMITLESS Coffee &amp; Tea and PROTEIN BAR</p>David Rabie, Co-Founder &amp; CEO of Tovala</p>Luke Saunders, Founder &amp; CEO of Farmer's Fridge</p>Not only will you get to learn from these founders, but you'll also get the opportunity to taste some of Chicago's best food. We will be featuring food booths from Chicago's tastiest startups!</p>Come and enjoy a night of learning, connecting and eating some great food!</p>Who: Founders, Co-founders, Startup Enthusiasts and anyone who loves food!</p>What: Chicago's Startup Food Bash</p>Where: mHUB - 965 West Chicago</p>When: Wednesday, December 12th, 6-8:30 pm</p>

6:00 pm: Connecting, Food & Beer
7:00 pm: Fireside Chat
8:00 pm: More Connecting & More Beer


David Rabie - Tovala (Co-Founder & CEO)
David Rabie is the driving force behind Tovala, a revolutionary in-home cooking solution that combines a smart oven and fresh meal delivery service to make home cooking completely effortless. Tovala’s mission is to make it easier for people to eat well. Rabie has taken the company a business school idea to a fast growing company with Tovala ovens and meals in thousands of homes across the U.S.

Luke Saunders - Farmer's Fridge (Founder & CEO)
Luke Saunders is the founder and CEO of Farmer’s Fridge, a rapidly growing network of 200+ automated smart Fridges stocked with chef-curated, restaurant-quality salads, sandwiches, bowls and snacks.

Matt Matros - LIMITLESS Coffee & Tea (Co-Founder)
Matt Matros is one of Chicago’s leading food & beverage entrepnuers. Matt is the founder of PROTEIN BAR®, a wildly popular chain of halthy food fast casual restaurants. Most recently, Matt has founded LIMITLESS™ Coffee & Tea, a vertically-integrated coffee & tea company that is relentlessly pursuing the cleanest coffee & tea in the world.

Hosted By
Tom Denison, Chicago Director
Tom's passion is mentoring, advising, and funding tech and biotech startups. Tom has engaged with hundreds of startups, at all stages, from concept to exit. Today, Tom is Co-Founder and President of SmartHealth Activator, an incubator for biotech startups activating extraordinary biotechnology to solve mankind's greatest health challenges.

Aaron Levy, Chicago Co-Director
I have this crazy vision of a workplace where your manager is your coach– she is the person who helps develop your skills and unlocks your full potential. I founded Raise The Bar to help companies be intentional about their leaders. We empower managers with the four essential habits to be better leaders of people.

Madeline Ulivieri, Co-Director
Madeline runs Marketing and Social Media for Twisted Alchemy, a cold-pressed juice company that replaces on-premise juicing.


Global Partner
Google for Startups (
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Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem (
In the global marketplace, one size does not fit all. That is especially true for today’s vibrant, diverse and competitive startup ecosystem. Oracle is reimagining enterprise and startup relationships through true partnerships that foster collaboration and codevelopment while inspiring global innovation. Oracle’s mission is to build a thriving global startup community to drive the digital economy based on collaborative partnerships that enable next-generation growth, business development, and drive cloud-based innovation for startups throughout all stages of growth. The Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem works with startups at various stages from founders in university-affiliated incubators to early stage to scaleups.


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.



Location of Event

965 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, US-IL, 60642
965 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, US-IL, 60642

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