Don't be shy! Come to one of our monthly dinner meetings. They are lively and anything but intimidating. From 5:00 to 6:00 catch up with old friends or mingle with new acquaintances over your favorite beverage. Dinner generally starts at 6:00 followed by a fascinating guest speaker around 6:30 pm. So simple, so fun, so interesting.
2023-2024 OSIFT Events
First OSIFT Meeting of the season!!! Tuesday September 12th from 5-8 pm at McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville! RSVP here
Learn about the impacts of wildfire smoke on Oregon wines and current approaches in how the industry is mitigating the impacts of smoke on wine - featuring Cole Cerrato, PhD Assistant Professor, OSU Smoke Wine and Grapes Analytical Lab
Cole’s relationship with food and agriculture stretches all the way back to the small South Florida town he grew up in. Raised by his grandparents in the tiny town surrounded by orange groves in all directions, he was impacted by many generations and cultures of food! He learned that good food can bridge gaps and build relationships with friends and the community. Cole has taken a similar approach in his professional career as a chemist, using food as a medium to bring people together to teach them about chemistry and how we can improve our community through chemistry. In graduate school at University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, he found that the chemistry associated with alzheimer’s disease can be reduced using beets! After earning his doctorate, Cole and his dog, Andi, moved to Corvallis, Oregon to study the impacts of wildfire smoke on wine at Oregon State University with Elizabeth Tomasino, Ph.D. Cole is currently an Assistant Professor Senior Research and the manager of the Smoked Wine and Grapes Chemistry Lab in the Department Food Science and Technology at OSU. In his talk he will discuss the impacts of wildfire smoke on Oregon wines, some of his research, and current approaches in how the industry is mitigating the impacts of smoke on wine. RSVP here
Last Year's Events May 2023
9th Dinner Meeting (in-person) - Join us for the Last OSIFT Meeting of the season, at McMenamins Old Church in Wilsonville from 5-8PM!!!
Learn how to support the Oregon Ag economy by incorporating local ingredients into your products, featuring Speakers from Oregon Commodity Commisions!
April 2023 March 2023 February 2023
Suppliers Night - February 27 2023 - The Oregon IFT Suppliers Night is an opportunity for vendors of food ingredients, co-packers, food packaging, equipment and services to meet with members of the Oregon and Southern Washington food industry. Each table comes with electricity and registration for one company representative.
13th HOLIDAY MEETING 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST - We are excited to have our December meeting featuring Cara Turano from Oregon Entrepreneurs Network at Stockpot in Beaverton. Learn about OEN, The Angel Food Network, and the Emerge Initiative. HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Donate to Oregon Food Bank: You can donate when you buy your ticket, at the meeting, or right here if you cannot make the meeting (click the link). https://give.oregonfoodbank.org/OSIFT22
8th Dinner Meeting - Double Header! 5:00pm Location Sait Irene in Tualatin, The New FST: Oregon's Leading Food Science Research Resource, Lisbeth Goddik, Department Head OSU Food Science & Technology and Attracting Students to Careers in Food Science, Sue Queisser, FST Undergraduate Recruitment & Outreach
11th Dinner meeting - Food Design: Moving Innovation Beyond Just an Idea, Holly Mensch, Chief Product and Innovation Officer, Smart Sweets 5:00pm Location TBD
15th OSIFT/OSU Beaver Football Game Tailgate - Crop Science Parking Lot, Corvallis, OR (Time TBD). Enjoy food, football, and Zak's famous rootbeer!
13th Dinner meeting - Inside Edibles, Drew Hull, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Product Innovation, True Terpenes 5:00pm, Location TBD (Portland Area)
26th Back to School Welcome Pizza Party 4:30pm Weigand Hall (FST Building), Corvallis, OR. Come and mingle with students, welcome them back, and talk about the benefits of networking with OSIFT.
OSIFT Events Resume September 2023. Enjoy your summer and stay tuned for updates!
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