February 21, 2018 Membership & New Professionals Event

CSIFT Membership & New Professionals Event - Behind the Scenes with Chicago Food Bloggers

When: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Imbibe, 7350 N Croname Rd, Niles, IL 60714
Cost: $10/Member or New Professional

Note: You must be a Member or New Professional to attend. Guests are not allowed at this event.
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Behind the Scenes with the Hottest Chicago Food Bloggers

Heavy appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

Come join us for an interactive panel to gain a unique perspective on the ins and outs of the Chicago Food Scene, hot food trends, and how companies and restaurants are utilizing social media to market and advertise their products. This event will feature 3 of Chicago’s hottest food bloggers and social media influencers who have their finger on the pulse of Chicago’s most trendy food scenes! The blogger panel includes Adam Sokolowski, Erica Eckman, and Erin Byrne. See below for more information on each speaker!


Erin Byrne
Instagram: @312food

Erin is an independent marketing consultant with expertise in the food space. She partners with local restaurants to drive growth -- targeting, attracting, and retaining today's discovery-driven customer.

She's also the founder of @312food, a platform connecting local food with local food lovers. She has a Chicago-based audience of over 70k across Instagram, Facebook, and her website -- with hundreds of thousands of local impressions per week. Visit 312food.com to see her local city guides, including her top-viewed 14 Hidden Restaurants in Chicago.

She graduated from Princeton in '08 and has lived in Chicago for the past 7 years.


Erica Eckman
Instagram: @EverythingErica

Erica Eckman is the Founder and creator of the food and lifestyle brand, Everything Erica. It is currently one of the largest lifestyle blogs in Chicago with over 78,000 social media followers, 400,000 weekly social media impressions and 60,000+ monthly blog views.

Erica is also an accomplished marketing consultant specializing in social media and website optimization and has created some of the city’s most notable cross-channel social media strategies for various business throughout the city. In 2008, she graduated Utica College of Syracuse University with a degree in Business Management and Marketing. In 2013 she completed her MBA in Marketing from Brandeis University in Boston. Through her work on her own brand, Erica has developed and integrated gold standard social media strategies that have helped both her and her clients grow quickly in the digital market.


Adam Sokolowski
Instagram: @adamsoko

Adam is a Washington University in St. Louis graduate with a B.A. in Political Science and Marketing from Olin Business School. After graduating in 2014, Adam worked at a couple of startups before embarking on his own entrepreneurial pursuits. Since then, Adam has been wearing many hats in his own social media marketing company, namely as a social content creator, brand strategist, and paid social media specialist. He is passionate about using digital media to tell a compelling narrative for your brand, and as an influencer himself, understands the intricacies and nuances of this nascent industry. Adam has collaborated with various tech startups, small businesses, public relations firms, hospitality groups, and Fortune 500 companies to produce and direct meaningful digital content for their audience as well as his own.

Note: You must be a Member or New Professional to attend. Guests are not allowed at this event.
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