28 episodes

We’re Christine Doerr and Tammy Tan: friends, food enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Between us, we own three food businesses (including our shared-use commercial kitchen where this podcast is recorded), and have lots to say about food, the food business, and the people who work in our industry.
Join us each episode as we explore food and the food business with other entrepreneurs and food lovers, and share our decades of experience owning, running, and marketing our businesses.
New episodes are released on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Thanks for listening and subscribing!

Lettuce Wra‪p‬ Christine Doerr, Tammy Tan

    • Food
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

We’re Christine Doerr and Tammy Tan: friends, food enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Between us, we own three food businesses (including our shared-use commercial kitchen where this podcast is recorded), and have lots to say about food, the food business, and the people who work in our industry.
Join us each episode as we explore food and the food business with other entrepreneurs and food lovers, and share our decades of experience owning, running, and marketing our businesses.
New episodes are released on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Thanks for listening and subscribing!

    Bakers Against Racism (T&C Talk)

    Bakers Against Racism (T&C Talk)

    Update: Thanks to your purchases, we raised $1,800 to support the work of Planting Justice! Thank you for supporting this effort.


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    We’ve joined thousands of other #BakersAgainstRacism supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement by doing what we know best: making delicious food! All profits from the purchase of our brownies and spiced nuts supports Planting Justice, a non-profit organization with the mission to “Grow Food. Grow Jobs. Grow Community” by empowering “people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice, and community healing.” On this brief episode, we share our reasons for joining this movement, and why we chose Planting Justice to receive our donations.


    Links and Show Notes


    Our virtual bake sale is up! www.lettucewrappod.com/bakersagainstracism. All profits from your purchase goes to support Planting Justice and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
    "Planting Justice is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice, and community healing."
    #BlackLivesMatter
    Bakers Against Racism
    TheKitchn.com: This Worldwide Anti-Racism Bake Sale Already Has 1000 Bakers Signed Up. Here’s How to Join.
    La Cocina —“a nonprofit working to solve problems of equity in business ownership for women, immigrants and people of color.”


    Links and Show Notes

    Thank you for listening. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram:



    Lettuce Wrap: @lettucewrappod
    / @lettucewrappod
    Christine Doerr: @christinedoerr / @neococoaconfections
    Tammy Tan: @spicehound / @spicehound


    or email us at lettucerwrappod@gmail.com.


    That’s a wrap!


    Amazon and other links may be affiliates. Purchases help support the show.

    • 10 min
    We're Social Distancing (T&C Talk)

    We're Social Distancing (T&C Talk)

    We’re back! We didn’t plan to be away this long, but the world changed, quickly. In this episode, we share what it’s been like running three essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we’re coping with all the changes it’s brought about.


    We’ll have more episodes throughout 2020, so thank you for staying subscribed (or for resubscribing)!


    Links and Show Notes



    Essential businesses in California
    Sourdough starter recipe from King Arthur Flour
    County of San Mateo Health Department COVID-19 safety requirements
    You can learn more about Amanda, NeoCocoa’s chocolatier, on Episode 1: A Crust and Fudgy Center
    Flatten the curve
    Cabin fever
    Catch up on our previous episodes


    Thank you for listening. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram:



    Lettuce Wrap: @lettucewrappod
    / @lettucewrappod
    Christine Doerr: @christinedoerr / @neococoaconfections
    Tammy Tan: @spicehound / @spicehound


    or email us at lettucerwrappod@gmail.com.


    That’s a wrap!


    Amazon and other links may be affiliates. Purchases help support the show.

    • 23 min
    The Pumpkin in the Room (T&C Talk)

    The Pumpkin in the Room (T&C Talk)

    In our final episode of 2019, we take a break from interviews to talk about our favorite (and busiest!) time of the year: The holidays! We get personal and chat about our holiday history, how we prepare (business-wise and personally), how we celebrate, and what we miss. Along the way, we admit a few shocking truths, from Tammy’s feelings on pumpkin pie to Christine’s childhood Halloween costume, and we wrap up with a holiday-themed Wrapid Fire and a heartfelt thank you to you, our listeners!


    Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and see you in 2020!


    (Recorded in November just ahead of Thanksgiving.)


    Links and Show Notes


    Turkey Brine—"To make a moist, juicy turkey, you should use our turkey brine. One package of our turkey brine is enough for a 14-20 pound turkey.”
    Spice Hound giftsets—For the adventurous or aspiring chef, collections of four to twelve tins of herbs, rubs, and blends, from Adobo to Za’atar.
    London Fog drink
    Earl Grey & Vanilla—“A spin on a classic winter pairing - earl grey tea and vanilla bean combined with dark chocolate ganache and tossed in cocoa powder.”
    Pumpkin Spice Milk Chocolate—“A holiday favorite, our milk chocolate pumpkin spice truffle is infused with a classic blend of spices traditionally used in making pumpkin pie, resulting in a rich, creamy morsel that is as good as if not better than actually biting into a freshly baked slice of pumpkin pie.”
    Pumpkin Pie Spice—“A favorite holiday spice blend that makes delicious pies. Though it is called Pumpkin Pie Spice, it makes wonderful apple, sweet potato or any fruit pie that you want that spiced flavor. We recommend 2 teaspoon of this spice blend in your fruit pies.”
    Cinnamon, including Vietnamese, Sri Lankan and Indonesian varieties.
    Mulling Spices—“An aromatic blend to mull apple cider or red wines.”
    Peppermint truffle—“Like a cool breeze on a balmy summer day, our dark chocolate peppermint truffle envelopes you with just the right amount of minty coolness for a refreshing bite that is sure to brighten your day.”
    Peppermint Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Squares—“We have taken a quintessential childhood treat and given it a sophisticated make-over. Our artisan crafted Peppermint Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Squares are fluffy and delicate in texture. Made with Guittard Chocolate’s cocoa rouge powder and peppermint extract, our marshmallows have a robust, fudge-like flavor. The 72% dark chocolate exterior further enhances the chocolate experience resulting in an intensely satisfying treat that is sure to awaken that inner child and to please even the most discerning gourmand.“
    Ambrosia fruit salad
    Beef Wellington
    Salmon terrine
    Haystacks
    Rainbow cookies
    “Christmas Tree Lane” in Palo Alto plus similar streets in San Carlos, and Alameda, or find more at California Christmas Lights & Displays


    Thank you for listening. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram:



    Lettuce Wrap: @lettucewrappod
    / @lettucewrappod
    Christine Doerr: @christinedoerr / @neococoaconfections
    Tammy Tan: @spicehound / @spicehound


    or email us at lettucerwrappod@gmail.com.


    That’s a wrap!


    Amazon and other links may be affiliates. Purchases help support the show.
    Sponsored By:
    Spice Hound & NeoCocoa:


    The holiday season is upon us, and as a special “thank you” for being a Lettuce Wrap listener, we’re offering you 25% off all items at both NeoCocoa and SpiceHound online stores! Listen to the episode for the special website and discount code!

    • 46 min
    My Medium, Not Your Medium, with Anucha Kongthavorn of Mae Krua

    My Medium, Not Your Medium, with Anucha Kongthavorn of Mae Krua

    In 2007, Anucha Kongthavorn stepped off a plane in San Francisco from his native Thailand, and got a job cooking the same day. He's spent his career in the service industry, from restaurant busser to cruise ship butler, culminating in opening his own Thai food take out, Mae Krua. He joins us to talk about his journey, shares his philosophy on serving others, provides advice on starting a restaurant, and explains why his restaurant regulars asked about his emotions before ordering.


    In this episode, he tells us



    the origin of the name "Mae Krua"
    how he got into the service business
    the value of persistence
    why he uses feeling and emotion when making food
    how to recognize if you're in the wrong job
    why thinking deeply about food is the first step of opening a restaurant
    the impact of emotions on the size of a tablespoon
    why he stopped using food delivery services like GrubHub
    much, much more... we get philosophical on this one.


    Links and Show Notes


    331 Cortland
    Star Cruises
    Princess Cruises
    CCSF: City College of San Francisco
    ESL (English as a Second Language)
    de Young Café
    Paulie’s Pickling
    Lonely Planet
    Mae Krua in Lonely Planet
    Yelp
    Amazon Prime (Amazon Restaurants is now closed)
    Grubhub/Eat24
    Uber Eats
    Definition of veganism | The Vegan Society
    The Vegan Diet — A Complete Guide for Beginners
    Ukiah Temple/City of 10,000 Buddhas


    Our thanks to Anucha for joining us. We wish him the best of luck in whatever he decides to do next.


    Save 25% at Spice Hound and NeoCocoa!

    The holiday season is upon us, and as a special “thank you” for being a Lettuce Wrap listener, we’re offering you 25% off all items at both NeoCocoa and SpiceHound online stores! Listen to the episode for the special website and discount code!


    Thank you for listening. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram:



    Lettuce Wrap: @lettucewrappod
    / @lettucewrappod
    Christine Doerr: @christinedoerr / @neococoaconfections
    Tammy Tan: @spicehound / @spicehound


    or email us at lettucerwrappod@gmail.com.


    That’s a wrap!


    Amazon and other links may be affiliates. Purchases help support the show.
    Special Guest: Anucha Kongthavorn, Mae Krua.
    Sponsored By:
    Spice Hound & NeoCocoa:


    The holiday season is upon us, and as a special “thank you” for being a Lettuce Wrap listener, we’re offering you 25% off all items at both NeoCocoa and SpiceHound online stores! Listen to the episode for the special website and discount code!

    • 59 min
    Support The Farmers Directly (T&C Talk)

    Support The Farmers Directly (T&C Talk)

    This episode we talk about something we both know a bit about: farmers’ markets. Both NeoCocoa and Spice Hound owe their early success to these neighborhood marketplaces, and we firmly believe they’re an amazing way for new food entrepreneurs to get started. We visit a local market to chat with vendors and shoppers, ponder their growing popularity in urban areas, and share our experiences from over a decade of being behind the table.


    Links and Show Notes


    La Cocina —“a nonprofit working to solve problems of equity in business ownership for women, immigrants and people of color.”


    Markets we mentioned


    San Mateo farmers’ market
    Ferry Building farmers’ market (San Francisco)
    Downtown Palo Alto farmers’ market
    California Avenue farmers’ market (Palo Alto)
    San Carlos farmers’ market
    Stonestown Galleria farmers’ market (San Francisco)
    Daly City farmers’ market
    Coastside farmers’ market (Half Moon Bay)
    Certified Farmers’ Markets by San Francisco Bay Area County


    Farmers’ market associations


    Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA)
    Urban Village Farmers’ Markets (UVFM)
    CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture)


    Save 25% at Spice Hound and NeoCocoa!

    The holiday season is upon us, and as a special “thank you” for being a Lettuce Wrap listener, we’re offering you 25% off all items at both NeoCocoa and SpiceHound online stores! Listen to the episode for the special website and discount code!


    Thank you for listening. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram:



    Lettuce Wrap: @lettucewrappod
    / @lettucewrappod
    Christine Doerr: @christinedoerr / @neococoaconfections
    Tammy Tan: @spicehound / @spicehound


    or email us at lettucerwrappod@gmail.com.


    That’s a wrap!


    Amazon and other links may be affiliates. Purchases help support the show.
    Sponsored By:
    Spice Hound & NeoCocoa:


    The holiday season is upon us, and as a special “thank you” for being a Lettuce Wrap listener, we’re offering you 25% off all items at both NeoCocoa and SpiceHound online stores! Listen to the episode for the special website and discount code!

    • 26 min
    Like a Gym, Except a Kitchen, with Dan Mills of Tinker Kitchen

    Like a Gym, Except a Kitchen, with Dan Mills of Tinker Kitchen

    Dan Mills turned his hobby of collecting commercial kitchen gadgets into Tinker Kitchen, a makerspace for community cooking. He joins us to talk about his inspiration for the space, why entrepreneurs need grit in the face of never-ending roadblocks, and how his very understanding girlfriend provided the (literal!) space he needed to succeed.


    Links and Show Notes


    Maker culture
    CAD (Computer-aided Design)
    SketchUp
    R&D (Research and Development)
    ROI (Return on Investment)
    Pared —Making restaurant life easier
    Liquid nitrogen
    Sous vide
    Molecular Gastronomy
    Stage —“An unpaid internship when a cook or chef works briefly, for free, in another chef's kitchen to learn and be exposed to new techniques and cuisines.”
    Chez Panisse
    Opportunity cost
    Burnout
    Tinker Kitchen Kickstarter project (funded, 2018)
    Microsoft Excel
    SBA—Small Business Association
    SBDC—America’s Small Business Development Centers
    SEO—Search Engine Optimization
    Processed Food Registration (PFR) —“Processors of general food commodities (e.g. baked goods, noodles, processed fresh vegetables, seafood, snack foods, dietary supplements, etc.) must obtain a Processed Food Registration (PFR) from FDB. A PFR certificate is a firm’s basic health permit. The PFR allows firms to manufacture products not specifically covered by another FDB license.”


    We talk more about the PFR in episode 7 with Guilianna Glassman of Alma Superfoods .

    Ideating
    Combi-Oven
    Cataplana (Portuguese tomato chorizo stew) video recipe
    Laziness, Impatience, Hubris: The Three Virtues of a Programmer
    Takeru Kobayashi
    Episode 8, The Ice Cream Atmosphere, with Lori Phillips of Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos where Lori answers our "take a bath in what food" Wrapid Fire question (@ 56:48).


    Our thanks to Dan for joining us. You can find him at tinkerkitchen.org, and follow him on Twitter (@tinkerkitch) and Instagram (@tinkerkitch).


    Thank you for listening. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram:



    Lettuce Wrap: @lettucewrappod
    / @lettucewrappod
    Christine Doerr: @christinedoerr / @neococoaconfections
    Tammy Tan: @spicehound / @spicehound


    or email us at lettucerwrappod@gmail.com.


    That’s a wrap!


    Amazon and other links may be affiliates. Purchases help support the show.
    Special Guest: Dan Mills, Tinker Kitchen.

    • 50 min

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