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Meetings & Events


2014-15 Meeting Schedule:

See below for the complete list of events for 2014-15.

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January 12th

Everest, Chicago


January 28th

WhirlyBall in Lombard

Topic: Chocolate & Cocoa 101

Speaker: Laura Kalaras, R&D - Barry Callebaut   more >


New Professionals: WhirlyBall in Lombard

6:00 - 8:00 PM  more >

February 9th

Maggiano's Skokie


February 25th

Greater Chicago

Food Depository

Topic: The Science of Brewing Beer

Speaker: Brett Porter, Master Brewer, Goose Island Brewery   more >


New Professionals: Volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

6:00 - 8:45 PM  more >


March 9th

The Carlisle, Downers Grove


March 19th

Kendall College


March 20-21

Westin TBD


March 25

North Center

Student Night: An Unprecedented Look at How Consumers Feel About Sweeteners and Why

Speaker: Sweetener 360   more >

IFT Wellness Conference

Speaker: TBD    more >

Social Event: Food-U-Mentary - The Garden

6:00 - 9:00 PM  more >

New Professionals: Cupcake Decorating Class

6:30 - 8:30 PM  more >

April 20th

Waterford Banquets, Elmhurst


April 29th

Crosstown Pub & Grill


April 30th

Imbibe, Niles

AACT Joint Meeting: The Power is in the Connection

Speaker: Ron Sukenick, Motivational / Networking - Relationship Strategies Ins.   more >


New Professionals: Crosstown Pub & Grill

6:00 - 8:00 PM  more >


Technical Breakfast Session: From Coffee Hour to Cocktail Hour

Speakers: Hillary Sandrock, Senior Beverage Scientist, Imbibe

Gary Spedding, Ph.D., Owner, Brewing and Distilling Analytical Services, LLC   more >

May 18th

Cafe La Cave, Des Plaines


May 20th

Top Golf


May 28th

NIU Hoffman Estates Conference Centers & Services

The 53nd Fred W. Tanner Lecture

Speaker: Gary Reineccius, Ph.D., University of Minnesota    more >



New Professionals: Top Golf

6:00 - 8:00 PM  more >


Career Guidance: Break the Code of Your Own Emotional Intelligence to Enhance Business Success, Organizational Excellence, and Quality at Work

8:30AM - 11:30AM

Speaker: Erica Nelson, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management  more >

August 18th

Cog Hill

8th Annual Golf Outing

more >

September 21st

Doubletree, Oak Brook

Topic: Being Proud of Food Science: A Chicago Story

Speaker: Dr. John Coupland, National IFT President-Elect   more >

October 19th

Maggiano's, Skokie

Second City - Interactive Comedy Show  more >

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

November 11th

12:00 AM-6:30 PM

Suppliers' Night:

Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL   more >

November 16-17th

9:00 AM-5:30 PM

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, NJ


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December 14th

Brookfield Zoo

December Dinner Meeting

Beer Tasting Contest & Scholarship Showcase


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