Hatteberg's People - Tanya Tandoc

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

On Hatteberg's People, she is part of Wichita's gastronomical history. Tanya Tandoc is one of those free spirits whose life and work has melded together a recipe for soup, art, dance, music and life. First the soup. We begin at her latest restaurant in the 1700 block of East Douglas where the line is usually out the door.

"All right, come on, step in. Come on in and try the restaurant. Thank you for being so patient and waiting."

"I wanted to own my own restaurant and I wanted to do something different and I wanted to get some things out that were simple and interesting, with excellent food that wasn't too complicated."

"Our chef's who make the soup are all women and I really love that."


"I get to talk to everybody that gets in the line and I really love that part."

"How are you, I'm good, how are you doing?"

"It's all about people and food and sharing all that with each other."

"My dad is Filipino and my mom is American and she married my exotic dad and they moved to Canada to have me. I think that here world of American food, was fairly traditional American food, mixed really well with his culture of Filipino food world. She was a nurse and he was a doctor."

"We got to eat all kinds of food and that was awesome"!

"To me, being able to eat Indian food changed forever the way I approach my food and thinking about other cultures and it really made a huge impression on me as a person and as a cook."

"Maybe we should do it over drinks."

"So I looked around for culinary schools and I looked around and decided that I was going to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. It was absolutely the best place I could be and I loved it."

"I loved dancing, I've always been a dancer, but I really love dancing with other women and I love belly dancing because of it's complete earthiness and seeing and being so powerful and strong and having that come through."

"And then there were the lettuce and radishes poking up through the snow."

"I've always loved the radio. I love being part of women's voices on the radio."

"Spring is a little slower, we get lettuce first and they are so exciting when they first come up."

"I also play the cello and I have since I was nine. You don't know how much time you get. So I'm trying to pack as much as I can into the time that I have."

"Happy doesn't begin to describe how complicated I feel about my life."

"I've got this most incredible crew of beautiful people, who really care about what they are doing and really care about customers and you can tell."

"And it's awesome, so are you still married? Oh yes, thank God!"

"If I didn't have to sleep, I wouldn't. I can sleep when I'm dead. There is just too much to do that is fantastic to waste a single second."

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