Innovation Breakfast: Food & Bev Revolution…Chicago-Style!

Date(s) - 07/12/18
7:00 am - 9:00 am

Fifty Gazelles

Hosted by
Chicagoland Food & Beverage

Join our July Innovation Breakfast to learn how leaders at two Chicago companies — Home Chef and Foxtrot — are revolutionizing how food and beverage companies meet consumer needs.


In addition to great networking, this Innovation Breakfast will feature Brian Irwin from Home Chef and Mike LaVitola of Foxtrot.


Home Chef, the Chicago-based meal kit company, recently merged with Kroger in an initial transaction worth $200 million and future earnout payments of up to $500 million. Foxtrot, a Chicago chain of upscale convenience stores, just closed a $6 million funding round.


Both of these business leaders have graciously agreed to open their playbooks and share the approaches they use to get to know their consumers and grow their businesses.


Come join us and get the inside scoop on the future food and beverage industry in Chicago!



Innovation Breakfast Series:

Thursday, July 12th — Doors Open 7:00 AM

Brian Irwin is Vice President of Brand Marketing at Home Chef. He leads Home Chef’s marketing and communications strategy. Overseeing an in-house team of designers, copywriters, social media and public relations experts, he also leads content creation. Brian joined Home Chef after 10 years in various innovation, marketing and menu development roles at McDonald’s. He has a BA from Brandeis and an MBA from Kellogg.


Mike LaVitola is CEO and co-founder of Foxtrot. Foxtrot is the next generation corner store – curating Chicago’s best craft beer, wine, spirits, fresh eats, gifts and everyday essentials – and delivering it all to your door in 60 minutes via its neighborhood shops. With a mobile app and web store paired with beautifully designed retail shops, Foxtrot is both digitally native and rooted in an engaging retail experience. Mike began his career in finance. He created Foxtrot while attending Booth at the Unveristy of Chicago.