September 11, 2019 Dinner Meeting (Wednesday)

Thornhill Education Center at Morton Arboretum
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Click here for a map of the Arboretum.

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Executive Board Meeting
5:00 - 6:00 PM - Social Hour with Cash Bar
6:00 - 8:30 PM - Dinner & Presentation

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Speakers: Justin Singer & Keith Woelfel

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Justin Singer
CEO and Co-Founder
Caliper Foods

Justin Singer is the CEO and co-founder of Caliper Foods. Prior to forming Caliper Foods, Justin spent four years teaching innovation theory and high-growth entrepreneurship at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, while also working as a product, strategy, and operations consultant to a variety of early-stage startups. He began his career as an investor with IA Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm investing in technology companies that create competitive advantage through big data.

Justin holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School, a JD in telecommunications law from Columbia Law School, and a BBA in operations management from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Justin resides in Boulder with his wife, Elyse, his son, Calvin, and their beloved Goldendoodle, Riggins.

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Keith Woelfel
Director of R&D
Caliper Foods

Keith Woelfel is the research and development and supply director at Caliper Foods. Keith joined Caliper with 25 years of experience in the food industry in product development, quality and manufacturing. Keith worked at Mars, Incorporated for 20 years leading product development, managing everything from large-scale launches for billion dollar brands to health and nutrition incubator test markets.

Keith is often seen snacking with functional foods in one hand and a Snickers bar or M&M’s in the other. Keith holds several patents and has had the pleasure of bringing more than 50 new products to market.

Keith holds a BS in food science and an MS in analytical chemistry/food science from Rutgers University.

Keith and his wife, Claire, have twin girls, Siena and Hailey. In addition to their two wonderful daughters, they have a long-haired Dachshund (a.k.a “the prince”), Sampson, who is a tiny dog with a big heart and oversized charisma.

CBD as a Functional Ingredient: A Focus on Quality

The zeitgeist says CBD can be added to anything, but the reality is far more complex. In this talk, we'll discuss the challenges of incorporating CBD into high-quality food and beverage formats. We'll go over critical sources of variance in the CBD supply chain and how those inconsistencies can impact manufacturers and consumers alike.

We'll dive deep into the isolate vs. broad-spectrum debate and interrogate prevailing standards and definitions for each. If we do our job, attendees will leave with a realistic understanding of the quality and safety issues inherent to CBD that are still to be reckoned with.

Until Thursday, September 5th
$25.00 Emeritus/Student Members
$50.00 Members/Professional Members (Unemployed Members/Professional Members can use voucher UNEMP-1010050 to save 50%)
$60.00 Non-members

After Thursday, September 5th
$25.00 Emeritus/Student Members
$60.00 Members/Professional Members
$60.00 Non-members

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This program qualifies for IFT Certified Food Scientist (CFS) recertification contact hours (CH). CFS Certificants may claim a maximum of 1.5 CH for their participation in this program.


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Dinner Menu
  • Artisan Baby Greens (Dried Cranberries, Goat Cheese,Cucumber Knot,Walnuts, Poppyseed Drsg
Entree Choices
  • Chicken Saltimbocca (GF) with Provolone , prosciutto, sage cream sauce
  • Risotto Stuffed Mushroom (V)GF) Sauteed Spinach, Sundried Tomtato
  • Key Lime Pie


The event is on the west side of the Arboretum. You'll enter through the main entrance and then take a right and follow the Thornhill signs.
You'll pass by the Thornhill Education Center and parking will be on the right (P21).

The exit signs will be marked so you don’t have to go back through the park to leave the arboretum.

The side exits puts you on Park Avenue.

Click here for a map of the Arboretum.

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