Native Foods Chicken Wings, photo by David Hammond

The FREE monthly meeting for the West Side Bridge networking group will be Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 7:30am to 9am hosted by Native Foods, 7343 Lake St. in River Forest.

All local professionals are invited to attend. Bring your business cards and come ready to make valuable connections! Native Foods will be providing light refreshments for the meeting, like their new Blueberry Crumble, made with summer berries and a crunchy oat crust. All of it is made fresh daily and 100% plant-based.

Native Foods Café has grown to become America’s premier fast-casual vegan restaurant group spanning coast to coast. Serving made-from-scratch, chef-crafted cuisine to vegans and non-vegans alike, with seasonally updated one-of-a-kind dishes, delicious desserts and homemade beverages inspired by our innovative culinary team. Their food is made fresh daily—from  homemade tempeh and seitan, to Native Cheese, to sauces and drinks, dressings and desserts too! Their entire menu is 100% plant-based because they strive to create a compassionate dining experience serving up homemade meals that are good for you, your family and the environment. 

Native Foods Cafe in River Forest now offers catering! Plus, they even have fundraising options for nonprofits. Visit for information. food blogger and well-known food critic David Hammond was pleasantly surprised by their offerings and said:

“The butternut polenta bites were beautiful little pucks of corn meal mounted with a micro-pile of squash, caramelized onions, arugula and toasted pumpkin seeds. This dish looks gorgeous, and it’s the kind of Native Foods menu item that I could see going well with one of the wines they serve here.”

Click here to read the rest of David’s review of Native Foods.

Attend this meeting and you’ll get to try some of their homemade refreshments for yourself! 

Space is limited and RSVP is required! Contact Alicia Plomin, Communications & Marketing Project Manager by August 18 at (708) 613-3344 or

West Side Bridge is a group that was started in 2013 by Austin Weekly News and Wednesday Journal in order to provide opportunities for local professionals to connect in the hopes of bridging the gap between Chicago’s West Side and the suburbs. The West Side Business Network is FREE to join and includes many benefits, such as advertising rates exclusive to members, inclusion of an informational flyer about an event or services in our Weekly Update email that goes to our 800 members, and more! Go to or call (708) 613-3344 for details.

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