A startup accelerator rethinking the way food moves and moves us.

Who we are

The Food Foundry is a Chicago-based accelerator program by Relish Works built in partnership with Gordon Food Service and 1871. The Food Foundry supports, connects, and propels innovative startups who are reimagining the foodservice industry.

Who you are

An innovative early-stage startup that is actively pursuing disruption within the foodservice value chain and ready to scale to the next level. (Must be willing to travel to Chicago for a portion of the program).

Examples include: 3rd party delivery, block chain, emerging technology (IoT, AI, sensors, AR/VR, autonomous vehicles, robotics), food as medicine, food safety, food science, food waste, hydroponics/vertical farming, labor solutions, loyalty programs, meal kits, transparency, and anything else that is potentially disrupting and reshaping foodservice in North America.

We celebrated demo day on May 16th. (Pictured Above) Thank you to the Food Foundry Network who made the first year of our program a success. And a big congratulations to Cohort 1 - we are rooting for you!

Our mission is to help grow companies who are positively influencing food's journey to our tables.

How it Works


The Food Foundry will provide startups with a blended investment.


We will connect startups to national foodservice business resources, distribution and supply chain resources, advanced curriculum, access to restaurant operators, mentors, and more.


Increase your network by connecting with like-minded startups, innovation practitioners, seasoned entrepreneurs, industry experts, and mentors within one of the nation's most exciting culinary and technology hotspots.


Gordon Food Service's top leaders, as well as Relish and 1871's network of successful entrepreneurs, experts, and investors support The Food Foundry companies throughout the accelerator program.

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