Vernon County I&E Club to give presentation on food-service start-up

By SUE NOBLE, executive director

Vernon Economic Development Association

At the next Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club meeting, Justin Johnson, CEO and founder of Sustainable Kitchens, will talk about how he launched his scratch-food-focused consulting firm in his home office in 48 hours, with no capital and no plan.

A 20-year restaurant veteran, Johnson had an idea he thought would change the way institutional operators approached food service. Today, just four years later, Sustainable Kitchens is a million-dollar company and has executed projects all over Wisconsin, in hospitals, schools, restaurants, and retirement homes and even for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Johnson will share his experience building a new category, scaling a business from nothing, recovering from mistakes and bad decisions, as well as his biggest victories and most crushing failures along the rocky road to revolutionize institutional food service. You can also view his TED talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKyrxsXM94s.

The meeting will be at the Food Enterprise Center, 1201 N. Main St. in Viroqua, on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Networking starts at 5:30 p.m.; the program begins at 6 p.m.

The I&E club is organized jointly by Vernon Economic Development Association and Viroqua Chamber Main Street. For more information, contact Sue Noble at [email protected] or 638-8332 or Nora Roughen-Schmidt at [email protected] or 637-2575.

The meetings are free, and no reservations are required. Whether you have an idea or just like to think business, join us for a dynamic evening of networking with lots of creative people. Everyone is welcome.

Comments are closed.

  • Norwalk Lions donate to SACS

    January 14th, 2022
    by

    The Norwalk Lions Club celebrated the 70th anniversary of the foundation of their club (Jan. 8, 1952) on Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Wilton.


    CWD found in Monroe County

    January 11th, 2022
    by

    The two deer were adult bucks harvested in the towns of Ridgeville and Glendale. These are the first confirmed wild positive cases of CWD in Monroe County.


    Covid-19 surge causes Vernon County to scale back contact tracing

    January 11th, 2022
    by

    With heavy hearts we are sharing that today we hit surge capacity with contact tracing at the Vernon County Health Department due to rising daily cases of Covid-19 in our community.


    KVR Winter Festival is Saturday

    January 6th, 2022
    by

    The Kickapoo Valley Reserve will host its 21st annual Winter Festival on Saturday, Jan. 8. 


    Donations, sponsorships sought for Norwalk flower baskets

    January 6th, 2022
    by

    One of the highlights of driving through Norwalk in the summer are the flower baskets hanging from the light poles and the planters lining the street. 


  • Man injured in Clinton logging accident

    January 4th, 2022
    by

    A 41-year-old man was severely injured in an Amish logging accident Monday in the town of Clinton, according to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.


    Hawthorne named CEO of Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers

    December 24th, 2021
    by

    Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers recently announced that Kim Hawthorne has been appointed as chief executive officer of the organization. 


    Royall Education Notes: Booster Club Alumni Weekend set for Jan. 14–15

    December 24th, 2021
    by

    By MARK GRUEN | Royall School District superintendent Happy holidays!  As we roll into the holiday season, I want to […]


    Monroe County Health Department offering free Covid-19 vaccines

    December 24th, 2021
    by

    The Monroe County Health Department will offer appointments for free Covid-19 vaccinations at its office location, 315 W. Oak St., Sparta, on Monday, Dec. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


    Gundersen Health System: ‘The situation is serious. We need your help.’

    December 21st, 2021
    by

    We are facing a dire situation together. Gundersen Health System hospitals are at or near capacity with patients struggling with Covid-19 and other serious illnesses and injuries.


    Cashton residence considered loss after overnight fire

    December 16th, 2021
    by

    The Monroe County 911 Communications Center received a report of a residential fire on Mascot Avenue in the town of Jefferson at 2 a.m. Thursday.


  • Archives