All Episodes

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 ( 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 (, 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 ( That’s a wrap! Amazon ( and other links may be affiliates. Purchases help support the show. Special Guest: Dan Mills, Tinker Kitchen.
Mark as Played

Chat About Lettuce Wrap

Advertise With Us

Popular Podcasts

Crime Junkie
The Daily

The Daily

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

Dateline NBC

Dateline NBC

Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeartRadio App.


    © 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.