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October 25, 2019 50 min
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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture) CAD (Computer-aided Design) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-aided_design) SketchUp (https://www.sketchup.com/) R&D (Research and Development) (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/r/randd.asp) ROI (Return on Investment) (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/r/returnoninvestment.asp) Pared (https://www.pared.com/) —Making restaurant life easier Liquid nitrogen (https://makezine.com/projects/liquid-nitrogen/) Sous vide (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sous-vide) Molecular Gastronomy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecular_gastronomy) Stage (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stage_%28cooking%29) —“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 (https://www.chezpanisse.com/) Opportunity cost (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/opportunitycost.asp) Burnout (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/burnout) Tinker Kitchen Kickstarter project (funded, 2018) (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/20846993/tinker-kitchen) Microsoft Excel (https://products.office.com/en-us/excel) SBA (https://www.sba.gov)—Small Business Association SBDC (https://americassbdc.org)—America’s Small Business Development Centers SEO (https://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-seo)—Search Engine Optimization Processed Food Registration (PFR) (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DFDCS/Pages/FDBPrograms/FoodSafetyProgram/ProcessedFoodRegistration.aspx) —“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 (https://www.lettucewrappod.com/7) . Ideating (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideation_(creative_process)) Combi-Oven (https://www.webstaurantstore.com/guide/628/types-of-combi-ovens.html) Cataplana (Portuguese tomato chorizo stew) video recipe (http://how2heroes.com/videos/seafood/portuguese-cataplana) Laziness, Impatience, Hubris: The Three Virtues of a Programmer (http://threevirtues.com) Takeru Kobayashi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeru_Kobayashi) Episode 8, The Ice Cream Atmosphere, with Lori Phillips of Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos (https://www.lettucewrappod.com/8) 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 (https://tinkerkitchen.org), and follow him on Twitter (@tinkerkitch) (https://twitter.com/tinkerkitch) and Instagram (@tinkerkitch) (https://instagram.com/tinkerkitch/). Thank you for listening. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram: Lettuce Wrap: @lettucewrappod (https://twitter.com/lettucewrappod) / @lettucewrappod (https://instagram.com/lettucewrappod) Christine Doerr: @christinedoerr (https://twitter.com/christinedoerr) / @neococoaconfections (https://www.instagram.com/neococoaconfections/) Tammy Tan: @spicehound (http://twitter.com/spicehound) / @spicehound (https://www.instagram.com/spicehound/) or email us at lettucerwrappod@gmail.com (mailto:lettucerwrappod@gmail.com). That’s a wrap! Amazon (https://amzn.to/2DBzg5j) and other links may be affiliates. Purchases help support the show. Special Guest: Dan Mills, Tinker Kitchen.
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