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Kinetic Ferment Co.

Kinetic Ferment Co. Producing small-batch, fermented foods including vinegars, miso, kimchi, seasonal vegetables, and sauerkraut. Hand crafted in the heart of Chicago.

Kinetic is a small, independent fermented food company located in Chicago, IL
We produce naturally cultured miso, kimchi, vinegar, and seasonal vegetables using traditional methods . Fermenting in small batches, using the best ingredients that the Midwest has to offer allows us to offer a product we can be proud of. Each batch is packaged and labeled by hand.

Took a trip today up to @fewspirits to pick up a couple barrels for some upcoming products. Thanks to @riley_b_henderson...
06/24/2019

Took a trip today up to @fewspirits to pick up a couple barrels for some upcoming products. Thanks to @riley_b_henderson for the tour and talking koji with me.
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#koji #shoyu #vinegar #barrelaged #fermentedfoods #fermentation #ferments #localmade #supportlocal #312food #chicagofood #312food #miso

Mushroom shoyu available now!Soy and wheat sourced from @themillatjaniesfarm in Ashkum, Illinois ....#shoyu #koji #umami...
06/02/2019

Mushroom shoyu available now!
Soy and wheat sourced from @themillatjaniesfarm in Ashkum, Illinois
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#shoyu #koji #umami #fermentedfoods #ferments #localmade #localgrown #soysauce #chicagofood #312food #instafood #farmersmarket #wickerparkfarmersmarket

We're back at it again! Every Sunday @wickerpark_farmersmarket with miso, vinegar and kimchi! New plastic free packaging...
06/02/2019

We're back at it again! Every Sunday @wickerpark_farmersmarket with miso, vinegar and kimchi! New plastic free packaging too
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#wickerparkfarmersmarket #fermentation #localmade #312food #chicagofood #instafood #eater #eaterchicago #miso #koji #umami #fermentedfoods #ferments #localmade #supportlocal #vinegar #kimchi #shoyu #localgrown

Amazake Ice Cream, Chickpea Miso Caramel, Bananas, Candied Almonds@pastry_chef_stefanie.Pairing - Non-alcoholic distilla...
12/14/2018

Amazake Ice Cream, Chickpea Miso Caramel, Bananas, Candied Almonds
@pastry_chef_stefanie
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Pairing - Non-alcoholic distillation of spices, Guji infusion, currant. @sparrowcoffee
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@twainchicago x @kineticfermentco Dinner
@cheftimgraham @sipsmackin .
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#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #ferments #fermentedfoods #chicagofood #312food #instafood #localgrown #localmade #localfood #koji #umami #vinegar #miso #pickles #eaterchicago #eater

White Oak Grilled Norwegian Mackeral - Butternut Squash Kimchi, Boiled Peanuts, Napa Cabbage Puree (vegetarian  substitu...
12/13/2018

White Oak Grilled Norwegian Mackeral - Butternut Squash Kimchi, Boiled Peanuts, Napa Cabbage Puree (vegetarian substitute Grilled Tofu)
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Pairing - Estate Retsina, Kamara Kioutsouki, Greece
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Twain x Kinetic Ferment Co. Dinner
@cheftimgraham @sipsmackin .
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#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #ferments #fermentedfoods #chicagofood #312food #instafood #localgrown #localmade #localfood #koji #umami #vinegar #miso #pickles #eaterchicago #eater @ Twain

"Jalapeno Popper" w/ Jalapeno-Yogurt miso.Pairing - Brut Ombre Rose, @illinoissparklingco ..@twainchicago x @kineticferm...
12/13/2018

"Jalapeno Popper" w/ Jalapeno-Yogurt miso
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Pairing - Brut Ombre Rose, @illinoissparklingco .
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@twainchicago x @kineticfermentco dinner
@cheftimgraham
@sipsmackin .
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#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #ferments #fermentedfoods #chicagofood #312food #instafood #localgrown #localmade #localfood #koji #umami #vinegar #miso #pickles #eaterchicago #eater

Sorghum Hamachi Ceviche - Sourghum Vinegar, Mint, Apples.Pairing - Winzerhof Stahl Sylvaner, 2016, Germany.@twainchicago...
12/13/2018

Sorghum Hamachi Ceviche - Sourghum Vinegar, Mint, Apples
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Pairing - Winzerhof Stahl Sylvaner, 2016, Germany
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@twainchicago x @kineticfermentco
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#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #ferments #fermentedfoods #chicagofood #312food #instafood #localgrown #localmade #localfood #koji #umami #vinegar #miso #pickles #eaterchicago #eater

First plate from the @twainchicago x @kineticfermentco dinner last night..Bread and pickle plate - Cranberry Persimmon r...
12/13/2018

First plate from the @twainchicago x @kineticfermentco dinner last night.
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Bread and pickle plate - Cranberry Persimmon relish, Koji cultured butter, Saurruben, Tarragon Brined Heirloom Carrots w mustard seed. Served with Egg Harbor Bread
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#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #ferments #fermentedfoods #chicagofood #312food #instafood #localgrown #localmade #localfood #koji #umami #vinegar #miso #eaterchicago #eater

Happening tonight! @twainchicago x @kineticfermentco collaboration!....#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #ferments #ferme...
12/13/2018

Happening tonight! @twainchicago x @kineticfermentco collaboration!
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#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #ferments #fermentedfoods #chicagofood #312food #logansquare #instafood #eater #eaterchicago #miso #koji #umami #vinegar

Amongst the preparations for the @twainchicago x @kineticfermentco collaboration dinner we also managed to put a  up a n...
12/11/2018

Amongst the preparations for the @twainchicago x @kineticfermentco collaboration dinner we also managed to put a up a new batch of miso. This one is a low salt sweet miso using soy from @haroldwilken and the folks at @themillatjaniesfarm

Follow the link in bio to get a seat for the dinner tomorrow and see how Chef @cheftimgraham incorporates our miso into his midwest focused cuisine!
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#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #miso #umami #kimchi #vinegar #koji #ferments #fermentedfoods #fermentation #localgrown #localmade #localfood #312food #chicagofood #instafood #eater #eaterchicago #logansquare #chicagofoodie

Don't forget to get your tickets for our upcoming dinner with Chef Tim Graham of Twain next Wednesday December 12 @6:30
12/05/2018
Twain Launches Sunday Brunch & Hosts Funky Colloboration Dinner

Don't forget to get your tickets for our upcoming dinner with Chef Tim Graham of Twain next Wednesday December 12 @6:30

Twain, the Logan Square restaurant owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Chef Tim Graham and Beverage Director/Sommelier Rebekah Graham, is now open

Don't forget to reserve your seat for our upcoming fermentation dinner at Twain with @cheftimgrahamFollow link in bio......
11/28/2018

Don't forget to reserve your seat for our upcoming fermentation dinner at Twain with @cheftimgraham

Follow link in bio
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#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #fermentation #kimchi #vinegar #miso #koji #umami #fermentedfoods #ferments #localgrown #localmade #localfood #312food #chicagofood #instafood #eater #eaterchicago @ Twain

We cant wait!#Repost @chopshopchi (@get_repost)・・・The first Winter @wickerpark_farmersmarket is Saturday from 9am-2pm! C...
11/28/2018

We cant wait!

#Repost @chopshopchi (@get_repost)
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The first Winter @wickerpark_farmersmarket is Saturday from 9am-2pm! Come get your veggies and amazing local foods plus, free pictures with Santa!!

Join us for brunch and lunch, bottomless mimosas, and bloody marys after you shop!




#ChopShop #ChopShopEvents #FarmersMarket #ThingsToDoInChicago #Fresh #Local #ChicagoEvents #Free #Chicago #Brunch #Lunch #WickerPark #WickerParkFarmersMarket #ShopLocal #EatLocal #312Made #312Food #WPBCC #Bucktown #SupportSmallBusiness #WickerParkScene #LocalProduce #SupportYourLocalFarmer #ChicagoCityMarkets

Hang out with @nika_startender for brunch at Twain and try some new cocktails using our ferments. Bloody Mary with butte...
11/25/2018

Hang out with @nika_startender for brunch at Twain and try some new cocktails using our ferments. Bloody Mary with butternut squash kimchi made from @nicholsfarmandorchard squash and a mocktail made with barrel aged strawberry vinegar and pineapple.
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#justaddvodka #brunch #ferments #fermentedfoods #kimchi #vinegar #localgrown #localmade #localfood #312food #chicagofood #instafood #eater #eaterchicago #getonthetwain @ Twain

On December 12, we are teaming up with @cheftimgraham of @twainchicago for a four course dinner utilizing our products a...
11/21/2018

On December 12, we are teaming up with @cheftimgraham of @twainchicago for a four course dinner utilizing our products and various fermentation techniques and styles. We will be on hand to talk about the processes and answer any questions.

Tickets are on sale now and you can find the menu at https://www.twainchicago.com/new-events/

The link in our bio will take you to the Twain reservation site. You can purchase tickets for the dinner by clicking on the 6:30 reservation tab.
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#getonthetwain #kineticfermentco #vinegar #fermentedfoods #ferments #localmade #supportlocal #312food #instafood #chicagofood #miso #koji #umami #eater #eaterchicago

I was invited to give a miso class for the chefs at @topolochicago and @fronteragrill I cant wait to see how they put th...
11/14/2018

I was invited to give a miso class for the chefs at @topolochicago and @fronteragrill
I cant wait to see how they put their miso to use. @ Topolobampo

Butternut squash kimchi with peanuts and seaweed will be one of the ferments for the @twainchicago x @kineticfermentco d...
11/13/2018

Butternut squash kimchi with peanuts and seaweed will be one of the ferments for the @twainchicago x @kineticfermentco dinner on December 12 with @cheftimgraham and pairings by @sipsmackin
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#getonthetwain #kimchi #fermentedfoods #ferments #localmade #localgrown #logansquare #312food #chicagofood #instafood #

Another great looking bowl of ramen from @wickerpark_farmersmarketCome stop by this Sunday and stock up on miso for your...
10/12/2018

Another great looking bowl of ramen from @wickerpark_farmersmarket

Come stop by this Sunday and stock up on miso for your winter soup needs!

#Repost @wickerpark_farmersmarket (@get_repost)
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Homemade ramen has always seemed intimidating for us but when you have vendors like ours it can be quite simple + delicious 🍲


I'm allergic to soy, so this dish features @kineticfermentco chickpea miso 🤤 eggs from @mintcreek_il, bok choy + watermelon radish from @nicholsfarmandorchard, mushrooms + jalapeno from @avromfarm 🍄🌶🥣

Dropping off some fresh koji for @chefzacharsteen at  @topolochicago and talking about future miso plans.  #kojibuildsco...
10/06/2018

Dropping off some fresh koji for @chefzacharsteen at @topolochicago and talking about future miso plans.
#kojibuildscommunity
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#miso #koji #umami #fermentedfoods #ferments #localmade #supportlocal #312food #instafood #chicagofood

We will have a few pounds of fresh koji available at @wickerpark_farmersmarket this Sunday.  Let us know if you would li...
10/05/2018

We will have a few pounds of fresh koji available at @wickerpark_farmersmarket this Sunday. Let us know if you would like to reserve some for your next project.

Mother forming on the Missouri sorghum vinegar. First stage was fermented with an ale yeast and racked with a touch of r...
10/05/2018

Mother forming on the Missouri sorghum vinegar.
First stage was fermented with an ale yeast and racked with a touch of residual sweetness.
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#vinegar #fermentedfoods #ferments #localmade #supportlocal #312food #instafood #chicagofood #wickerparkfarmersmarket #fermentation #farmersmarket

Come try our new products today in Wicker Park until 2:00!
09/23/2018

Come try our new products today in Wicker Park until 2:00!

Back at @wickerpark_farmersmarket with more kefir flavors! Jalapeno-lime, watermelon-lime, pomegranate,  blueberry-pomeg...
09/02/2018

Back at @wickerpark_farmersmarket with more kefir flavors! Jalapeno-lime, watermelon-lime, pomegranate, blueberry-pomegranite
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#waterkefir #kefirsoda #fruitsoda #fermentedfoods #ferments #culturedfoods #localmade #farmersmarket #wickerparkfarmersmarket #fermentation #chicagofood #312food #instafood

We have watermelon-lime and jalapeno-lime kefir today at @wickerpark_farmersmarket ! ....#waterkefir #kefirsoda #farmers...
08/19/2018

We have watermelon-lime and jalapeno-lime kefir today at @wickerpark_farmersmarket !
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#waterkefir #kefirsoda #farmersmarket #wickerparkfarmersmarket #fermentation #localmade

Barley miso at 2 years. Every time we reach in the barrel to pack some more it tastes even better than the last time. Th...
08/18/2018

Barley miso at 2 years. Every time we reach in the barrel to pack some more it tastes even better than the last time. The salt has mellowed wonderfully and it tastes as rich as it looks. As always the soybeans come from @haroldwilken and @themillatjaniesfarm
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#miso #koji #umami #fermentedfoods #ferments #localgrown #localmade #farmersmarket #localfood #312food #instafood #chicagofood

Picked up some cherry bomb peppers from @nicholsfarmandorchard at the @wickerpark_farmersmarket today that we will ferme...
08/05/2018

Picked up some cherry bomb peppers from @nicholsfarmandorchard at the @wickerpark_farmersmarket today that we will ferment into a mash for a chili paste condiment. 🌶
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#cherrybombpeppers #hotsauce #chilipaste #wickerpark #farmersmarket #fermentedfoods #ferments #chicagofood #312food #instafood #localgrown #localmade

If you cant make it to the market in wicker park this Sunday you can catch us at @starloungechicago on monday from 10-2....
08/03/2018

If you cant make it to the market in wicker park this Sunday you can catch us at @starloungechicago on monday from 10-2. Come have some tasty @darkmattercoffee and check out some other cool vendors.
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#farmersmarket #coffee #ferments #localmade #fermentedfoods #chicagofood #312food #miso #vinegar #kimchi

We packed some chickpea miso this morning.  Come try this soy free alternative to traditional miso.. ...#miso #koji #uma...
07/29/2018

We packed some chickpea miso this morning. Come try this soy free alternative to traditional miso.
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#miso #koji #umami #chickpea #fermentedfoods #ferments #fermentation #farmersmarket #localmade #localfood #312food #instafood #chicagofood

We've recently increased our koji production capacity and we are thrilled with the results! Chefs and home cooks in the ...
07/05/2018

We've recently increased our koji production capacity and we are thrilled with the results! Chefs and home cooks in the Chicago area interested in fresh koji can contact us at [email protected] for orders.
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#miso #koji #shiokoji #shoyukoji #bettarazuke #umami #amazake #312food #instafood #chefsofinstagram #ferments #fermentedfoods #localmade @ Chicago, Illinois

Chickpea miso coming along nicely.  It still has a little more time to go but already has a great umami backbone with a ...
06/29/2018

Chickpea miso coming along nicely. It still has a little more time to go but already has a great umami backbone with a touch of sweetness.
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#chickpea #miso #koji #ferments #fermentedfoods #umami #farmersmarket #wickerparkfarmersmarket #localmade #kojibuildscommunity

Umeboshi from last year's crop. Salty, sour and high in antioxidants.  Come stop by and try one this Sunday at @wickerpa...
05/30/2018

Umeboshi from last year's crop. Salty, sour and high in antioxidants. Come stop by and try one this Sunday at @wickerpark_farmersmarket
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#umeboshi #ume #salt #ferments #fermentedfoods #localmade #farmersmarket #instafood #312food

From left to right, roasted peanut , shiro (sweet white), shinshu (light yellow), and mugi  (barley) miso. We'll have th...
05/29/2018

From left to right, roasted peanut , shiro (sweet white), shinshu (light yellow), and mugi (barley) miso.

We'll have them all next Sunday 8-2
@wickerpark_farmersmarket
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#miso #koji #umami #soy #ferments #fermentedfoods #farmersmarket #localmade #localgrown #instafood #foodie #foodporn

Carrrot-ginger bettarazuke available at @wickerpark_farmersmarket .  Floral, slightly sweet, and packed with umami. .......
05/29/2018

Carrrot-ginger bettarazuke available at @wickerpark_farmersmarket . Floral, slightly sweet, and packed with umami.
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#kojipickles #koji #fermentedfoods #fermentation #ferments #bettarazuke #localmade #farmersmarket #instafood #kojibuildscommunity

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312-962-7822

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Kinetic Ferment Co. officially launched in Chicago in 2016, but owner and chef Michael Lunsford’s passion for the sour and salty funk of fermented foods is a culmination of decades of professional kitchen experience in and around his native Washington DC. Shortly after their cross country move, chef Michael, along with his business partner and wife, Valerie, rented space in a local shared kitchen, and they began turning dreams into reality. The past two summers, umami-enthusiasts have had the opportunity to purchase small-batch beverages, condiments, miso, raw vinegar, koji, kimchi and other seasonal fermented produce at Kinetic Ferment Co.’s booth at the Wicker Park Farmers Market. In response to growing consumer interest in the unique flavors of fermented products, chef Michael also currently consults for several Chicago area restaurants. With a reverence for responsibly sourced Midwestern produce and an enthusiasm for sharing their culinary adventures, the duo eventually plans to open their own shop, with space for ferment-focused dining, retail, and community education.

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