We had the good fortune of connecting with Christie Tang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Planning Celebrations and entertaining are something I thoroughly enjoy. My business is an extension of that, helping others with a charcuterie experience to enhance a planned event, date night, wine night or just self love with a box for 1. Starting my Charcuterie by Christie business was a conversation and then developed into what it is today, ever evolving based on a clients desire for food fun.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe food is an art form, my boards, boxes or tables are my canvas, open for interpretation. Colors are dictated by the freshness of the season for the fruits and vegetables, cheeses can boast an aroma that invokes a memory of a fine wine pairing or a savory sausage makes a visual spark when shaped as a rosette. When Conversations begin around a table that I built, this brings fond memories for me as well, travels around the globe have helped shape my interactions with clients and how I can introduce a new food item they have never experienced. This excites me, when a client says “what is this, we loved it” I have done what I hoped to accomplish. Letting them have a truly charcuterie by christie experience.. Starting my small business was a leap of faith, purchased food products I would serve family, friends or guests and displayed it took photos posted the pictures and waited for a response once I said open for business, I believe during the Covid Pandemic people wanted something fun, different and good. Providing quality products and loving what I do enabled me to really reach all types of clients, some didn’t know how do say it, much less know what charcuterie was. Doing demonstration classes started with that conversation, people wanted to get out and be around people and learning something new gave a sense of food fun. I feel looking at a charcuterie build it’s a little like confetti, who doesn’t love some edible confetti. Also, our mission from day one is to give back, a percentage of profits go back to 2 organizations: CASA of Texas – child advocates for young children placed into foster care (I was an advocate for many years) and Covenant House Texas – young homeless adults that have aged out of foster care. My goal is to show that you can do anything you enjoy doing, share a conversation and you just might start a small business. And having family, friends and a community that supports you is a celebration any day of the week.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Of course I would fix a feast at our home, probably start with a Charcuterie (everyone does request that). I love to visit Belaire – China Town for Dim-Sum at HK, Tea House for some Tapioca tea or Summer moon for coffee. Maybe go for a walk around Discovery green, there is always something fun going on. Jones Hall for the Houston Symphony would be a fun time. Dinner at Sam Buca with live Jazz would be a blast. If the weather is nice Miller outdoor theatre is wonderful. The zoo and museum district then lunch at Barnaby’s would top off a great week,
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family is always so encouraging. The community we live in, small business thrives on neighbors and friends that believe in you, support you. When your friends and clients refer you it is extremely important for a small business. And knowing they enjoyed the Charcuterie by Christie experience enough to pass it along is gratifying for sure.
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