May 24, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Station House
part of a series on Preserve
About the speaker
Illene Sofranko preserves food for a living. Her business, The Urban Canning Company, is a labor of love with roots in her family’s history of canning. But the path to her current success was a winding one that took her far away from her family and truth before circling back home. In this talk, Illene shares lessons from each stage of her journey and reveals why embracing who you really are is the key to it all.
Illene Sofranko is the founder and owner of The Urban Canning Company, a St. Pete-born business offering one of a kind, hand crafted and naturally preserved foods like jams, pickles, beer mustards, and sauerkraut to a local and national market. They specialize in interesting flavor compositions and use only the freshest produce, working closely with local farms to make the most of the seasons.
Roundhouse is a creative production studio rooted in video, motion graphics, and powerful storytelling. From their self-sustaining net-zero studio in sunny St. Pete, they provide clients from coast to coast with stories that evoke emotion and inspire action. As the CreativeMornings/SP headquarters and A/V partner, the studio provides monthly support to the chapter’s ongoing operation.
Wax & Hive is a creative company for big ideas. Their work is guided by a desire to make great things happen and they are obsessed with elevating their clients and authentically connecting them to their audiences. They create remarkable brand experiences through branding and identity, content creation, web, digital and print media, custom illustrations, merchandise, and design thinking that brings out the best in their clients. If you have big ideas and need help realizing them, they want to do something awesome with you.
Located in downtown St. Pete, Station House is dedicated to providing a comfortable, yet dynamic environment in which guests can interact socially or professionally, work or co-work quietly, enjoy food, drinks and entertainment, and relax peacefully. Station House strives to create a cozy, yet progressive and hip epicenter for businesses and entrepreneurs from all walks of life by creating a communal environment and setting a standard of service that exceeds the expectations of their guests.
Pete’s General is a local market in sunny St. Pete. It’s the quintessential corner store, serving up house-made bagels, local beer and all the neighborhood goods you could dream of. Come by for your fresh florida produce, dinner essentials, or just maybe a nice chat. Pete’s is open everyday the sun shines, and the rare rainy day.
MADE is a coffee cannery located in downtown St. Pete. They focus strictly on cold coffee and they roast, brew and can in house, using only the finest ingredients and processes. They offer canned and kegged Cold Brew and Nitro options. MADE Coffee is on tap at bars and restaurants throughout the Tampa Bay area, and for sale in the can at local grocers and markets (including Publix!).
TeBella Tea is a loose leaf tea retailer with three locations in the Tampa Bay Area: their original shop on Davis Islands, TeBella at Oxford Exchange, and TeBella at Station House. TeBella Tea offers a thoughtfully sourced loose tea collection with a heaping helping of tea education. They work directly with tea gardens and estates that use sustainable, fair-trade practices, and donate their used tea leaves to local community gardens for composting.
Food waste isn’t garbage, it’s simply misplaced resources. On a mission to make Tampa Bay a more sustainable community, Suncoast Compost offers residential, business, and event composting services and solutions across the Tampa Bay area. Turning food you don’t want into food you do want, Suncoast Compost does this dirty, yet important work so you don’t have to.
Join us for PRESERVE themed talk at our home venue Station House.
Doors open at 8:00am, programming starts around 8:30, speaker on-stage by 9. Pre-registration is required (but free!). Typical DTSP parking, so please walk, bike, carpool, or take public transportation if you can.
In order to ensure our global impact is more about great ideas than garbage, we ask that you please BRING YOUR OWN MUG. Gold star if you bring a mug AND a friend!
We compost with Suncoast Compost and you probably should too.