Charlie Baggs Culinary Innovations (CBCI) has relocated within Chicago and officially opened its new purpose-built kitchen and lab. Located on Goose Island, just minutes outside downtown Chicago, the new CBCI headquarters is designed and equipped specifically for food and beverage product development.

“We wanted to create a space to nurture culinary inspiration and support creativity and collaboration,” says Charlie Baggs, founder and corporate chef. “Yet ultimately, it’s our workspace. And it needed to be functional, so we could turn concepts into scalable solutions for our clients.”

In the 4,200-sq.-ft. space, the kitchen and product development areas adjoin one another to facilitate seamless development from conceptualization to commercialization. The kitchen area is outfitted with cross-functional equipment that can be used by both the culinary and technical teams for recipe/formula development, CPG product prototyping, equipment testing, recipe validation and more.

The kitchen area has an open plan, so the chefs can use it beyond food preparation for culinary demonstrations, product cuttings, food photography, video development, and education.

“It’s a multipurpose space with lots of natural light, so it’s conducive for our creativity. But we can also host our clients, conduct classes, or have catered events here. It’s comfortable and efficient for cooking and versatile enough to accommodate outside collaboration,” says Baggs.  

Virtual facelift
The newly relaunched CBCI website showcases the company’s service offerings, innovation process and team members. Site visitors can navigate among icons representing CBCI’s core capabilities providing services in:

- Inspiration
- Culinary
- Technical
- Education
- Events

Detailed descriptions of each capability and its corresponding services are available to explore online. Site visitors can also read the company blog and catch up with the latest CBCI news and industry activities.

Charlie Baggs Culinary Innovations is a culinary consultancy with a team of dedicated, passionate, and talented culinary and food product development experts. We take pride in creating gold standard culinary solutions for food and beverage operations – from CPG manufacturers to restaurant chains to retailers and beyond. Whether a company’s project load exceeds its team’s capacity, it needs help with R&D, or is just looking for additional industry expertise, our seasoned corporate chefs and food scientists are prepared to assist. CBCI brings flavor to life through its culinary, product development and commercialization services. Learn more about the CBCI innovations process and meet the team at