Food for Thought has operated in the Chicago area since 1983—its first client was the Chicago Botanical Gardens. For many of the early years, the catering side of the company dominated, but it had some contract accounts from the very beginning. Its business picked up speed in the 90s and had its ups and downs in the dot-com recession. In the last several years, it has focused on stabilization and now has almost doubled in size since 2008, to $24 million.
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