Juste, as in, just in French.
And Tutu is her nickname, short for Tuyen.
Tuyen is French. Tuyen is Vietnamese.
Most importantly, she is to the point and direct. No time to waste when you have big dreams like the ones she has, to incorporate all her passions to share with the world.
It’s two days before Tuyen’s banh mi pop up. She’s in high gear getting the last details in order. Every minute is precious. So it didn’t help that she misplaced her key to the shed where her scooter is kept, her preferred means of transportation. In the end, we decide to do the interview over the phone but not before exhausting all other options to meet in person. It’s just not in her nature to give up when faced with a challenge.
She was a corporate event planner and time crunch is nothing new. She has planned events for hundreds of thousands of guests all around the world. And having planned her own wedding two years ago, planning an event is second nature for Tuyen.
However this is her first, very own, food event.
Much like her wedding, this event is a celebration. A celebration of Tuyen’s evolution with food, design, marketing, technology and most importantly- with people. She hopes to make new connections with people who she will meet for the first time and looks forward to seeing her friends and family, some of whom will be traveling from numerous countries to take part.
She doesn’t know where this will lead and she is open to seeing where this will take her. Tuyen has embraced this uncertainty as an outlier; she has long accepted that she doesn’t fit into a box and that she must remain open to new experiences that are unconventional.
Tuyen was born in Toulouse France and raised in the Surburbs of Paris, near Versailles. She moved to the States 4 years ago. She continues to travel back and forth from France and to other foreign destinations.
She will be traveling to Morocco this summer.
She is currently an adjunct instructor in graphic design at UMass Lowell.
She lives in Arlington with her husband and her two step children.
Leave your kids at home. This is a 21 and over event. The venue is a bar.
She will be serving banh mi with two accompaniments.
Lamplighter Brewing Company is located at 284 Broadway in Cambridge, MA.
This Thursday from 6-9pm.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
fortunate happenstance of food & music no. 27