October 25, 2019 |Naturally Chicago

Naturally Chicago Morning Mingles at LYFE Kitchen — Every Friday

Morning Mingles Networking Events
Every Friday 8:30 – 10:00 am
LYFE Kitchen at Hubbard and Clark
413 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL

Admission: Free, no pre-registration needed

Our next Morning Mingle, on Friday, October 25, features Luke Saunders, Founder & CEO, Farmer’s Fridge

Luke Saunders is Founder & CEO of Farmer’s Fridge, one of the most innovative and fast-growing Good Food companies in Chicago. At the October 25 Morning Mingle, Luke will share his journey from operating a single Fridge in 2013 to more than 350 Fridges across multiple cities today. He’ll reveal the catalyst for the business, starting with his days as a traveling salesman, and discuss the company’s growth and evolution.

Luke guides the company’s vision and provides strategic direction for the executive team and business as a whole. An entrepreneur at heart, Luke started Farmer’s Fridge while working as a traveling salesman, after struggling to find fresh, healthy and accessible food options on the road. Since 2013, the rapidly expanding business has grown across multiple regions of the country, serving chef-curated, restaurant-quality meals.

The company’s pioneering approach  has been featured in The Atlantic, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc., Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, USA Today, NBC Nigh

tly News, Wall Street Journal, Women’s Health and O! Magazine. As a leader on the rise, Luke was honored as a Forbes “30 under 30” in 2016, a Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” in 2018 and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2019. Luke holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.


Farmer's Fridge


Upcoming Morning Mingle Speakers Lineup

Become a regular at the most dynamic, informative networking series in Chicago’s Good Food and Natural Products community.

October 25: Luke Saunders, Farmer’s Fridge

November 1: Alison Velazquez, Skinny Souping

November 8: Will Madden, Whole Brain Consulting

November 15: Brian Rolling, Co-Founder, SRW Agency


Networking across the Good Food and Natural Products spectrum is one of Naturally Chicago’s key priorities. Each Friday Morning Mingle features a presentation by a leader from across the Good Food and Natural Products sector. The rest of the event is an opportunity for attendees to meet and connect with other community members who are dedicated to a better-for-you, better-for-the-planet economy.

The Mingle held on Friday, May 3 of this year marked the official launch of Naturally Chicago. Speakers to date have included Tony Olson of SPINS, Dave Donnan of A.T. Kearney, Andy Whitman of 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners, Ron Levin of Goldman Sachs, Jay Owen of Dom Capital Group, Mark Thomann of Spiral Sun Ventures, Ryan Pintado-Vertner of Smoketown Consulting, Kate Weidner of SRW, Kim Feil of Aspire Healthy Energy Drinks, investor Steve Koch, Tyler Mayoras of Advantage Capital, and Jen Cafferty of The Nourished Group — as well as Jordan Buckner of TeaSquares, Megan Klein of Field + Farmer, Jenny Yang of Phoenix Bean/Jenny’s Tofu, Josh Katt of Kitchfix and Daniel Caballero of Sofrito Foods, all graduates of FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator who are members of the Naturally Chicago Board.

Our Morning Mingles at LYFE Kitchen (413 N. Clark St. at Hubbard) take place every Friday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Coffee is provided, and attendees are urged to purchase LYFE Kitchen‘s delicious and nutritious breakfast items.

Choose to schmooze with Naturally Chicago!