On this episode of Making Ways podcast, we’re joined by Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan, the food entrepreneurs behind the popular Vietnamese pop-up restaurant and street food catering company Rice Paper Scissors. Shortly after Valerie graduated from college and Katie found herself jobless after working as a biotech analyst––the two launched their first impromptu eatery in just three days. Since then, they’ve taken up a weekly residency at Mojo Cafe here in San Francisco and are hard at work on their Kickstarter-funded brick and mortar restaurant opening in 2018. Listen in to hear Valerie and Katie’s advice for turning bright ideas into reality, fast. And get a better sense of what it takes to leave behind early career expectations and chase down what you love doing the most.
About Rice Paper Scissors
Rice Paper Scissors was created in 2011 by Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan. Inspired by the sidewalk dining and street food they experienced in Vietnam, Kwan and Luu wanted to recreate the experience here in San Francisco — complete with little red stools, Cambodian pop music, and a rotating menu of regional Vietnamese dishes combined with Californian sensibilities. They are opening their first brick-and-mortar restaurant on Folsom and 22nd this coming winter.
- Rice Paper Scissors Website
- Rice Paper Scissors Instagram
- Chinatown Pretty
- Video Interview at Asian Art Museum
- Hoodline Article
- TedX Talk: A Pop-Up State of Mind
- Rice Paper Scissors Blog