Food truck owner next up in entrepreneurship speaker series

contact: Alyssa Benson
| WMU News

Gorilla Gourmet logo.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The chef and owner behind Kalamazoo's Gorilla Gourmet food truck will be the second speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business.

Noel Corwin will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (269) 387-6059 or at Free parking is available in Schneider Hall Lot 72R.

Gorilla Gourmet and Corwin

Corwin began his professional cooking career in Santa Barbara, California. A graduate of both the Culinary Institute of America and Santa Barbara City College, he worked as a pastry chef in high-end restaurants, bakeries, hotels and resorts. His 20-year career has included working in Napa Valley, Nantucket, Charleston and at international locations.

Having grown up in Kalamazoo, Corwin returned to his childhood home in 2009 and began working on Kalamazoo's first food truck, Gorilla Gourmet. During this process, Corwin worked with the city of Kalamazoo for two years to change and rewrite the law to allow food trucks to vend in the city. In addition to the truck, Gorilla Gourmet operates a commercial kitchen and second mobile food unit and offers a variety of services, including catering for weddings, festivals, special events and graduation parties.

Entrepreneurship Forum

Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series sponsored by BlueOx Credit Union and hosted by Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. The forum brings stories of entrepreneurs and startup success to the greater Kalamazoo community. To learn more about the series, visit

Future Entrepreneurship Forum Speakers

  • Nov. 10: Charles Grantier and Tim Davis, co-owners, Territorial Brewing Co.
  • Dec. 8: Kristin Fiore, founder, Down Dog Yoga Center

For more information or to RSVP please call (269) 387-6059 or register at To suggest an entrepreneur who should be considered for the series, contact Alyssa Benson at

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