New Professionals

A New Professional is anyone working in the food industry 10 years or less. The New Professionals Committee plans social events around the downtown Chicago area as a fun way to network with like-minded peers and to reconnect with former classmates and coworkers.

Your committee has been working hard this summer to make 2015-2016 another great year for exciting networking opportunities. For the 2016-2017 CSIFT year we are looking forward to increasing New Professional involvement not only within Chicago Section but IFT as a whole.

2016-2017 Event Schedule

Our objective is to bring a sense of comfort to those new in the industry. We help recent graduates get their foot in the door leading to success within this vast yet very small food community. If we can help ease newcomers into Chicago’s food community, we feel confident it will help them develop the necessary skills to form connections personally and professionally.

This year we are rotating the days of the week the events are held and continuing to spread out our event locations throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. We will post events as soon as they are planned and open registration a couple weeks prior to the event.

We are planning an exciting mix of events this year: brewery tours, wine tastings, golf events, painting classes, trivia night, volunteer opportunities, and, of course, Whirlyball.

New Professional Committee
Bridget McClatchey, Co-Chair
Megan Godin Co-Chair

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Latest Events:

Hopewell Brewery Tour
September 28, 2016 @ 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm
October 26, 2016 @ 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Pizza & Game Night
November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 - 9:00 PM

New Professionals/Membership Volunteer Event: Greater Chicago Food Depository
December 7, 2016 @ 6:00 - 8:45 PM

January 24, 2017 @ 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Wine and Chocolate
February 23, 2017 @ 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Networking & Fun
March 29, 2017 @ 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Ping-Pong, Fun and Food!
April 26, 2017 @ 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Cooking, Networking, and Fun
June 7, 2017 @ 6:00 - 9:00 PM


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