Chef Nikky Phinyawatana is more than just the genius behind Asian Mint. She is also its ambassador. So whenever she gets the chance to spread the good word about Asian Mint’s special Bangkok-style cuisine and Thai food in general, she takes it. Recently, she had the opportunity to hang out and talk with the fabulous Jim White, the force behind Savor Dallas, as the featured guest on his podcast Wine and Dine DFW with Jim White.
Chef Nikky talked about a lot of things at the podcast, including what she ate for breakfast that day and how she met her husband Tan Noisiri. She also shared how she came up with the concept for Asian Mint and how the Asian Mint restaurants are essentially a family affair. Most of all, she talked about the importance of mentoring young people and giving back to the community.
WINE AND DINE DFW
It’s always an honor to spend time with Jim White. Jim has been an institution in the Dallas food scene for the last 20 years. He has won numerous awards for his food and dining reporting for his restaurant show on KRLD. His podcast is a respected source of all news and stories about wining and dining in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Jim’s mark on the Dallas food world is not just felt through his reporting. He is also a co-founder of the DFW Restaurant Week. The DFW Restaurant Week has helped fight hunger in the area by raising almost $10 million for the North Texas Food Bank. Jim is also the brains behind Savor Dallas, an annual event celebrating the food and culture of Dallas. Savor Dallas has been showcasing the best of the best in the Dallas food scene for the last 13 years and counting.
Asian Mint and Giving Back to the Community
Giving back to the community has always been part of Asian Mint’s DNA. Chef Nikky strongly believes that finding ways to help others succeed is a key part to living a well-balanced, successful life. So she devotes some of her time with the Texas Restaurant Association, especially with its Greater Dallas Chapter. One of the advocacies of the Texas Restaurant Association is educating and mentoring young people so they can get a start with a career in the culinary scene. Aside from training would-be chefs, it also has programs for helping new restaurant owners get started with their businesses.
You get to be part of Asian Mint’s charitable endeavors every time you dine with us. Asian Mint donates to more than a hundred charities throughout the year. So you don’t just get to enjoy our food, you also get to give back too. And if you’re interested in donating directly as well, all you need to do is to approach a manager at any of our locations. Let’s make Dallas a better community by giving back.