Corporate meetings just got a whole lot healthier thanks to KitcheNet, a Chicago-based company delivering fresh produce to corporate clients to promote employee wellness.

Founded in 2017 by Trista Li, KitcheNet offers services for corporate offices, meetings, snack breaks, retreats and more, allowing clients the option of healthy eating during the work day. 

“Fruit in offices is often ugly and sad. Eating should be healthy and fun, so we bring in options for people who want to eat healthier while also providing an educational opportunity,” Li says.

In addition to providing fresh fruit, KitcheNet offers the option of hiring an assistant to help cut fruit and teach attendees about the more exotic fruits on the menu. KitcheNet donates a portion of its proceeds to underserved communities in the area, making fresh produce more accessible in Chicago food deserts.

Prices are typically $1.25-$3 per person, and a booking fee is dependent on group size and the type of event with an hourly fee for use of an assistant. KitcheNet also offers subscriptions for offices that want to restock monthly. 

“Corporate clients can promote wellness and sustainability with KitcheNet’s services while also giving back to the community,” Li says. “You can do good just by eating well.” 

The atmosphere at relaxed Avondale neighborhood eatery Pisolino may remind you of a charming, laid-back European bistro—and for good reason.

Chef and co-owner James De Marte spent over a decade cooking his way through Italy to craft and hone the skills on full display at the cozy restaurant today. “The restaurant is truly his dream-turned-reality and a showcase of his love for Italian cuisine,” says co-owner Rachel De Marte.

 

There’s no better way to build team spirit than with a can of spray paint and a blank canvas. Native 312 Events gives groups a chance to foster community and creativity while learning about one of Chicago’s most widely seen forms of art: graffiti.

Javier Dominguez and Adam Dittman founded Native 312 Events nearly two years ago after working together on events for more than eight years. They now provide Urban Art Workshops to a variety of clientele, including collegiate groups and corporate teams.

 

For professional speakers, engaging with an audience can begin months before stepping out onto the stage. 

Their first audience interaction might come through a teaser video in an event promotion email, says professional speaker and author David Fisher. Or they might also begin cross promoting the event on social media, according to Rich Gibbons, president of SpeakInc., a company that books event speakers and headline entertainers.