To develop, promote and support the current and next generation of food and beverage industry professionals through food industry awareness and scholarship programs while working in close collaboration with CSIFT.


To strengthen the science of food within the Chicagoland food and beverage industry to address ever growing global needs.

CFSF will enhance the science of food by:

  • Inspiring all ages to be engaged in food sciences
  • Supporting future and current food and beverage professionals in their endeavors

Leadership Team

Upasana Hariram
Mérieux NutriSciences

Linda Perucca
Perucca Advantage LLC

Past Chair
Laura Saran
LJS Food Solutions

Michael Gross
Clutch Global

Samantha Fonseca

Board Member
Rakesh Amin
Amin Talati

Board Member
Demetrio Garcia
Golden Hill Foods

Board Member
Maddie Gerling

Board Member
Courtney Gwinn
Griffith Foods

Board Member
James Nasella
Tate & Lyle

Board Member
Linda Perucca
Perucca Advantage LLC

Board Member
Alan Reed
Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network

Board Member
Kantha Shelke
Corvus Blue

Board Member
Tim Stubbs
Dairy Management

Board Member
Athena Uslander
Silverland Bakery

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