A Note From Irene
When you walk into Mei Mei these days, it feels very different -- it’s not a restaurant anymore. There are no guests inside, just our team, busy with folding, packing, and labeling our new product line. The wood-topped dining room tables now live in other restaurants. We’ve replaced them with shiny new prep tables for high volume dumpling making and glass-door refrigerators full of neatly stacked packages. We haven’t taught an in person dumpling class in over a year, but thousands of people across the US have experienced the story and hospitality of our little restaurant through our virtual dumpling making classes. Things are different, but we’re still Mei Mei.
While the pandemic caused our business to change in ways we never imagined, we’ve come back stronger than ever, and perhaps stronger than we would have without the challenges of 2020. We have to say goodbye to the old Mei Mei, but we can’t wait to show you what’s to come! -- a Mei Mei Dumpling Company.
There will be dumplings for all and cooking experiences that bring Mei Mei into your home. This incarnation of Mei Mei is still a farm-focused, women-owned business that strives to be a good company in every sense of the word. We will continue to source our ingredients carefully and put our community at the center of everything we do. This past year more than ever, we’ve seen that our community goes beyond our employees, customers, and vendors - it’s our neighbors, city, community organizations, and other local businesses. At the Mei Mei Dumpling Company you’ll find more than just our dumplings; it’s a place where we support and grow other underrepresented businesses. It’s dumplings for all because every culture has some sort of delicious, stuffed parcel of goodness, from the empanada to the samosa to the momo. Eventually you’ll be able to find our dumplings and many other “filled with love” foods from local businesses through Mei Mei. As we grow the Mei Mei Dumpling Company, we want to bring our community along with us. We know that anything that ensures the wellbeing of our broader community will pay us all back in the end.
Thank you for your continued love and support as we work toward a dumpling-filled future.
Irene Li, Chef & Co-Founder