Eat & Greet

 In Feature, Food


When Lauren Salesman, Courtney Lytle and Jeremy Stewart got tired of seeing the same people over and over at networking events, they decided to do something about it. The result is Small Plates St. Louis, a monthly event combining culinary fun with traditional networking.

Attendees interact with up-and-coming St. Louis chefs who demonstrate professional cooking techniques. After guests eat and network, they jump in and “get their hands dirty,” preparing the dishes themselves under the guidance of the chefs. The in-depth demos can cover anything from different cuts of meat to the proper use of spices. “We make sure we keep it simple enough that you can do it at home, but cool enough that you’ll want to do it,” Salesman explains. All of the proceeds go to the local charity of the month.

Each Small Plates event has a culinary theme. Most recently, John Perkins, chef and owner of Entre St. Louis, and Chris Bork of Blood & Sand hosted “The Burger Chronicles,” in which each chef prepared his own uptown burger creation. Although the next event on Sept. 4 is still in the planning stages, the organizers are considering pizza, seafood or sushi. For the latest info about Small Plates events, find them on Facebook or visit



Small Plates St. Louis

Small Plates St. Louis


Photo credit: Courtesy of Small Plates

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