At nourish, we believe food is about more than just providing nutrition – it is social, cultural and
of course nourishing.  As M.F.K. Fisher put it, “First we eat and then we do everything else.” 
Food brings us together to the table and serves as a platform for our social interactions, whether it’s at our own table, at a business meeting or in our online tweets and posts.  It gives us a purpose, a common ground to connect with others.
Food teaches us about new cultures.  And in many cases it serves as our first introduction to worlds beyond our own. It sparks our interest for new and different experiences.
And of course food is nourishing.  It is our sustenance, our source of nourishment and strength.  It’s a daily requirement to cultivate our bodies, minds and lives.
At nourish we believe that all foods are unique and have a connection waiting to be created. 
Let us help you nourish your brand, your product and your customer to achieve your health
and wellness goals.


Marlene Schmidt, founder of nourish, LLC, is a food and nutrition consultant focused on growing food, beverage, and restaurant brands through innovative development and marketing strategies. As a registered dietitian, Marlene has extensive experience in assessing the latest science, regulatory and marketplace trends to help companies drive innovation and brand positioning in the health and wellness space.  She has worked with Fortune 500 companies like McDonald’s, Domino’s and Quaker and also a number of startup companies.
Marlene’s solid appreciation of the food and nutrition environment began with her experience as a Pediatric Dietitian at Duke Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago Children’s Hospital, and Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  As a Senior Scientist with Abbott Nutrition, she combined hands-on clinical experience with expertise in medical and scientific research to lead marketplace innovations and communications.  And as Senior Vice President of Nutrition Marketing & Affairs with the National Dairy Council, she was responsible for creating nutrition consulting services for leading food, beverage and restaurant partners by providing strategic guidance and timely insights to help drive product and positioning innovation of new dairy-based products and menu options.
Marlene holds a Bachelor of Science degree in food and nutrition from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science in clinical nutrition from the University of Memphis.  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Illinois Dietetic Association and serves on the Board of Directors for Common Threads, which is a Chicago based non-profit organization focused on fighting childhood obesity by teaching kids lifelong cooking skills.