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After 3 seasons of perfecting our loaves & selling at farmers markets in St. Louis, KNEAD is ready to open a legit sourdough bakery.
After 3 seasons of perfecting our loaves & selling at farmers markets in St. Louis, KNEAD is ready to open a legit sourdough bakery.
After 3 seasons of perfecting our loaves & selling at farmers markets in St. Louis, KNEAD is ready to open a legit sourdough bakery.
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KNEAD: Sourdough Bakery & Urban Agrarian Eatery

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KNEAD is a one-man artisan bread business from St. Louis, Missouri that is committed to revitalizing the old-world American bread culture by crafting extraordinary sourdough breads from the simplest and purest ingredients. 

All of our bread is handcrafted with only:

  • Organic, Non-GMO, and Locally Sourced Flours 
  • Sprouted Ancient Heirloom Grains i.e. Einkorn
  • Water
  • KNEAD's 3-Year-Old Sourdough Starter
  • Sea-Salt

After 3 years of sharing a small amount of kitchen space in the industrial kitchen of a local retirement facility and selling at farmers markets, I can no longer keep up with my local community's overwhelming demand for KNEAD's rustic breads.

It is now time to move out of our current baking space and into a new kitchen of our own, down the road, in the historic district of St. Charles, MO

KNEAD is much more than a one-man bakery, it is truly a community bakery, and for that reason alone I feel it is only appropriate that this project would be community-funded. KNEAD could not have made it this far without all of your support and I fully recognize that KNEAD will not be able to continue growing without your continued support. 

I sincerely need your help to fund this project, in order to finance a building, get additional equipment, and hire a small staff of people. I believe KNEAD will grow into much more than just a bakery. It will be a neighborhood establishment that is committed to hand-crafting and growing its own unique food, as well as committed to supporting other local farmers, artisans, and producers in the community. Be sure to read through all the rewards that I have listed. I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I can offer some really great packages and in the end I believe that we can all come away with something amazing. So please help me fund this project, every cent that this campaign raises will go directly to giving KNEAD a proper home.

Thanks for your support,

AJ Brown

Sourdough Shortbread Cookies
Sourdough Shortbread Cookies
Mulberry, Raspberry, & Blueberry Mini-Pies
Mulberry, Raspberry, & Blueberry Mini-Pies
Strawberry Praline Brioche Sticky Bun
Strawberry Praline Brioche Sticky Bun
Chocolate and Heirloom Pumpkin Macarons
Chocolate and Heirloom Pumpkin Macarons
A taste of Heaven.
A taste of Heaven.

Risks and challenges

We completely recognize that anything can happen, we feel like the biggest obstacle in fulfilling any portion of these rewards would be if the construction and opening of the bakery runs longer than initially anticipated. However, we have total faith that once our baking and dining space is open, we will be able to fully execute our commitment to our community and everyone that helped support us!

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    Our sincerest THANK YOU! We greatly appreciate your support, and fully recognized that every dollar counts.

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    We THANK YOU five times over! It’s your support that keeps KNEAD baking and creating. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!

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    A packet of ten of our famed "Sourdough Shortbread Sugar Cookies.” Addicting is an understatement for these unrefined beauties. They are just as much a signature of KNEAD as our breads. Also, get email updates of all the progress from now until KNEAD opens.

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    A 3 course digital cooking class. Don't throw away stale bread! These detailed culinary instructions and photographs that will teach you how to turn old-bread into a delicious, unforgettable, fancy feast.

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    Get a VIP invite to the pre-opening tour and tasting party. Go behind the scenes of KNEAD’s operations and view the inner-workings of our new kitchen and baking spaces. Also, get email updates of all the progress from now until KNEAD opens.

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    A customized KNEAD burlap bread sack, with your choice of one of our infamous sourdough breads (TRADITIONAL or COUNTRY) to go in it. (Redeem bread at bakery)

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    Reserve a spot in one of KNEAD's cooking/baking classes. Come see our new space, meet like-minded bread lovers, and walk away with some top kitchen secrets that are sure to impress.

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    Get a hand-branded “KNEAD” bread-peel/cutting board and use it to slice up your choice of one of our delicious sourdough breads (TRADITIONAL or COUNTRY). (Redeem bread at bakery)

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    Get one loaf of bread (Country or Traditional) and one packet of KNEAD's sourdough shortbread cookies every month for one year. (Redeem bread at bakery)

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    Spoil yourself with a seat at one of our regular 6 course tasting menus. Seasonal creations inspired by nature, local growers, and local artisans. And yes, there will be bread. Beverages, gratuity not included

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    Reserve spots for you and three of your friends in one of KNEADs cooking/baking classes.

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    The above 6 course tasting menu but for two people instead of one. Beverages, gratuity not included

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    KNEAD VIP bundle: you get the 6 course tasting menu of two, Four seats for KNEADs cooking/baking class, a hand-etched bread peel with bread of your choice, “KNEAD” burlap bread sack with bread of your choice, 2 Invites (not 1) to the pre-opening tour party, the 3 course digital cooking class, and a package our sourdough shortbread sugar cookies. (Redeem bread at bakery)

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    Get a PRIVATE bread making class for you and 5 of your closest friends.

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    Get your choice of 2 loaves of sourdough bread and a packet of shortbread cookies every week for 1 year. (Redeem bread at bakery)

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    Get a private, intimate 6 course tasting menu, in your own home, for you and 9 friends. No cooking, no dishes, no mess, no stress. Beverages, gratuity not included

    (Limited to the greater St. Louis area)

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    Get your choice of 2 loaves of sourdough bread and a packet of sourdough shortbread cookies every week for 2 years. (Redeem bread at bakery)

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    Get a private bread making class for you and 5 of your closest friends. Get a private, intimate 6 course tasting menu, in your own (greater St. Louis area) home, for you and 9 friends. Get your choice of 2 loaves of sourdough bread and a packet of shortbread cookies every week FOR 1 YEAR. Get the 6 course tasting menu for two people. Get four seats for KNEADs cooking/baking class. Get a hand-branded bread peel. Get a custom “KNEAD” burlap bread sack with bread of your choice. Get 2 Invites (not 1) to the pre-opening tour party. Get the 3 course digital cooking class. Get a package our sourdough shortbread sugar cookies. (Redeem bread at bakery)

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    Get a private bread making class for you and 5 of your closest friends. Get a private, intimate 6 course tasting menu, in your own (greater St. Louis area) home, for you and 9 friends. Get your choice of 2 loaves of sourdough bread and a packet of shortbread cookies every week FOR 2 YEARS. Get the 6 course tasting menu for two people. Get four seats for KNEADs cooking/baking class. Get a hand-branded bread peel. Get a custom “KNEAD” burlap bread sack with bread of your choice. Get 2 Invites (not 1) to the pre-opening tour party. Get the 3 course digital cooking class. Get a package our sourdough shortbread sugar cookies. (Redeem bread at bakery)

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