Partner & Executive Chef
Partner & Marketing Manager
Connor comes to us from Colorado where he grew up in a small town called Crested Butte. He has over 7 years of experience in the culinary industry as a chef. Connor has a bachelor of arts degree from Johnson Wales University in Colorado where he met Executive Chef, Justin Richardson.
Partner & General Manager
Dan is originally from the St Louis Metro East area where he grew up working in his family's grocery business since the age of 10. His primary focus is on business sales, mergers and acquisitions throughout the Midwest. His entrepreneurial pursuits over the last 15 years have allowed him to be involved in starting, acquiring, operating and investing in several different businesses, including restaurants… the latest being VELE.
LeeAndra Kettelkamp has truly spent a lifetime in the restaurant industry. She grew up in the back of her parents’ busy diner in Central Illinois where she learned and worked in every aspect of the dining craft. She began serving around age eleven and was managing by high school. She has spent the decades following expanding and growing in her knowledge of hospitality. She has served, tended bar and managed at a variety of fine dining restaurants throughout Illinois. Her passion for wine, spirits and cuisine brought her to Vele where she expresses her creativity through the evolving menu, eclectic wine list and inventive cocktails.