The Great Chicago Food Bash 2024

Jan 26, 12:00 – 2:30 AM

Workbox Chicago - River North, 306 West Erie Street, Chicago, 60654

Join us for an evening celebrating the food & foodtech ecosystem in Chicago, and a fireside chat with Foxtrot Founder Mike LaVitola

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About this event

Get ready for the 4th Annual Great Chicago Food Bash!

Enjoy food and drinks from our featured Showcase Startups -- a lineup of our regions top up-and-comers in F&B, get a taste of Chicago's future in foodtech, and hear from Foxtrot Founder Mike LaVitola in our featured fireside chat.

Foxtrot has grown from 'wacky idea for a boutique 7-11' to a destination brand with locations across the country in just a few years, and recently announced a mega-merger with Dom's Kitchen & Market.

Hear from Mike about starting a capital-intensive business in a legacy industry, and the inner workings of making a merger happen.

Network with food and drink enthusiasts, founders, investors, and more!

Showcase Companies:

  • Fusion Foods
  • Thirsty Dumpling
  • Nakinoku
  • Here Here Market
  • Herby PoP
  • Showtyme360 Energy Drink
  • System Seltzers
  • Hoste Cocktails
  • Nemi Snacks
  • Southside Grinds Coffee Co.
  • Big Fork Brands
  • Lazy Food
  • Desserts with Ana
  • and more!

Where: Workbox River North

When: January 25th, 6-9:00 pm CT

This event is the official kickoff to the Windy City Venture Crawl hosted by Genesis on Jan 26! Join 300+ founders on a 'crawl' to different VC offices in Chicago featuring startup pitches, networking, and more! Register for the Venture Crawl at

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  • Mike LaVitola





Friday, January 26, 2024
12:00 AM – 2:30 AM UTC


Sample food and drink from local F&B startups
Fireside Chat
Hang Out


  • Rajiv Nathan


  • Sid Khaitan

    Chapter Coordinator

Global sponsor

Dell Technologies logo

Dell Technologies


Workbox logo


Genesis logo


Foxtrot logo


System Seltzers logo

System Seltzers

Thirsty Dumping logo

Thirsty Dumping

Startup Hypeman logo

Startup Hypeman

Nemi Snacks logo

Nemi Snacks

Nakinoku logo


Showtyme logo


Here Here Market logo

Here Here Market

Hoste logo


Herby PoP logo

Herby PoP

Southside Grinds Coffee Co. logo

Southside Grinds Coffee Co.

Big Fork Brands logo

Big Fork Brands

Lazy Food logo

Lazy Food

Desserts with Ana logo

Desserts with Ana

Fusion Foods logo

Fusion Foods

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