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

Linda Perucca
Perucca Advantage LLC

Past Chair
Upasana Hariram
Mérieux NutriSciences

Michael Gross
Clutch Global

Molly Hicks
Cooper’s Hawk

Board Member
Rakesh Amin
Amin Talati

Board Member
Helen Bengtson
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Board Member
Arthur Curran
Citrus and Allied

Board Member
Demetrio Garcia
Golden Hill Foods

Board Member
Binu Nair

Board Member
James Nasella

Board Member
Maria-Paz Gonzalez

Board Member
Marlita Sanders
Williams Jones College Prep High School

Board Member
Kantha Shelke
Corvus Blue

Board Member
Athena Uslander
Silverland Bakery

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