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.” 

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.

 

“You talk. We draw. It’s awesome.” That’s the motto of Ink Factory, a live visual note-taking company in Chicago. The company literally brings meeting notes to life during events by illustrating key points from a company’s keynote speaker, discussion or meeting. Visuals help engage audiences, employees and clients so they can better remember and identify with a business’ mission. As the speaker talks, Ink Factory’s artists draw, and the result is a summary of the discussion in innovative text and visuals.

 

As one of the two original buildings built in Fulton Market, The Dalcy truly helped build the streets of Chicago. With rustic elements from its original architecture and soft, chic décor, The Dalcy is the ideal venue for anyone from history buffs to elegant brides-to-be.

“It feels like a complete space, yet it’s still very much a blank canvas for those who have a specific vision for their upcoming celebration or event,” says Maureen Larson, partner of The Dalcy from Lettuce Entertain You.