An All-New Event Focusing On Entrepreneurs And Tastemakers Lands In Lafayette Square

By Rachel Brandt
In Culture

St. Louis is home to an impressive amount of inventive entrepreneurs, movers and shakers. Whether it’s indie makers, innovative chefs or citizens propelling small businesses to succeed, their presence is felt in STL culture.

Photo courtesy of Element.

Photo courtesy of Element.

For the first time ever, ALIVE Magazine with Element Restaurant & Lounge and Climb So iLL will gather more than 50 distinguished panelists, award-winning restaurants, curated vendors and entrepreneurs under one roof to celebrate St. Louis achievement and discuss what’s next.

Well Crafted is Saturday, Nov. 8, from 6-11:30pm and will be held at the Powerplant Building that houses Climb So iLL and Element. The venue is located next door to Butler’s Pantry and The Palladium in Lafayette Square near Park Avenue and Truman Parkway.

Tickets can be purchased online starting at $15 or at the door starting at $20.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

STRANGE DONUTS DJ STAGE in The Machine Hall of the Powerplant Building 
6-9pm: Live entertainment from DJ TrashTalk
6-10pm: Shopping and tastings from an impressive list of local vendors
9pm: The Beta Fund raffle winner announcements

STRANGE DONUTS DISCUSSION STAGE in the basement of Climb So Ill
6:30pm: Small Business Discussion with Treehouse Networkshop
Wesley Hoffman of Treehouse Networkshop,
James Rogalsky of Old Bakery Beer Company,
Patrick Shaw of Shaw Realtors,
Adam Bundren of Steam Craft Vapor,
Matt Hartman of Spoked Couriers
7:15pm: Startup Discussion with Cultivation Capital
Colleen Liebig of Cultivation Capital,
Kathleen Bauer of T-Rex Startup Incubators,
Tom Pernikoff of TuneSpeak,
Kasey Grelle of Cultivation Capital,
Ben Burke of Arch Grants,
Matt Menietti of SixThirty
8pm: Artist Talk with Strange Donuts and SwedLife
8:30pm: Collaborations in the Food Scene and How They’ve Changed the Culinary Landscape in St. Louis
Qui Tran of Mai Lee,
The Strange Donuts crew,
Justin Leszcz of YellowTree Farm,
Brian Hardesty of Element,
Derek Roe of Dressel’s Public House,
Loryn Feliciano-Nalic of Pappy’s Smokehouse

CLIMB SO ILL on the 1st floor and basement of Climb So ill
6-8pm:
Free climbing for attendees at the Beginner Station
6-9pm: Professional climbing demonstrations
6-9pm: Silent “raffle” auction to benefit The Beta Fund (Winners will be announced at 9PM in The Machine Hall)

ELEMENT STAGE on the 2nd Floor at Element Restaurant
6-8:45pm:
Celebrate STL Buffet Dinner ($15) with Element, Guerrilla Street Food and more
8pm: Whole Pig Discussion + Fresh Ham Demonstration
Chris Bolyard, Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions

Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

KNOB CREEK STAGE on the 3rd Floor at the Element Lounge
6-9pm:
Bourbon tasting from Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark and more
6:30pm: The Manhattan Deconstructed
Ted Kilgore of Planter’s House,
Matt Obermark Jr. of Beam Suntory,
Matt Sorrell of Cocktails Are Go
7pm: The Future of the Beverage Scene in St. Louis
Meghan Kramp of Element,
Matt Sorrell of Planter’s House,
James Smallwood of 33 Wine Shop & Bar,
The folks of Urban Chestnut Brewing Company,
The crew of Sump Coffee
8:30pm: Public Media in St. Louis: Why It’s More Important Now than Ever
Nicole Hudson,
Shula Neuman of St. Louis Public Radio and more
9:15pm: Knob Creek Cocktail Pairing featuring Element (Free Tasting – Seating Limited)
Matt Obermark Jr. of Beam Suntory,
Brian Hardesty of Element

ELEMENT Lounge
9:30-11:30pm:
Official After-party
Hosted by Angela Ortmann (@STLWineGirl), featuring guest bartender Matt Obermark, with music by DJ Billy Brown.

Need a night cap?
Show your Well Crafted program or wristband for $5 cocktail specials from Knob Creek at Planter’s House and 33 Wine Shop & Bar in Lafayette Square until last call, Nov. 8 only!

TICKET Levels
General Admission:
This ticket level includes access to the event with unlimited tasting from Knob Creek, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Four Hands, Guinness, Anheuser-Busch, Strange Donuts, Zettie’s Confections, The Hive Gourmet Popcorn, Element and more.

A Little Extra VIP: This ticket includes access to the event with unlimited tasting from Knob Creek, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Four Hands, Guinness, Anheuser-Busch, Strange Donuts, Zettie’s Confections, The Hive Gourmet Popcorn, Element and more. Plus, A Little Extra VIP ticket-holders will be given a Well Crafted custom tote bag full of goodies from the vendors and sponsors as well as a dinner ticket giving you access to the buffet dinner at Element featuring Guerrilla Street Food, Mai Lee and more.

Highest Level VIP: This ticket includes access to the event with unlimited tasting from Knob Creek, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Four Hands, Guinness, Anheuser-Busch, Strange Donuts, Zettie’s Confections, The Hive Gourmet Popcorn and Element , plus a Well Crafted custom tote bag full of goodies from the vendors and sponsors. You’ll also receive a dinner ticket giving you access to the buffet dinner at Element featuring Guerrilla Street Food and more. This ticket includes access to the VIP lounge with the speakers, sponsors and media guests with open bar and a free buffet style dinner. Only 20 tickets are left.

Purchase tickets for Well Crafted. 

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