We had the good fortune of connecting with Mason Glenn and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mason, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I started Mama Sue’s Kitchen & Table at just the right time. Who would have figured that no one wanted to cook their own food during a pandemic? Who would have known that desserts made their intimate gatherings a little more special more so than ever? Furthermore, I feel the specific types of baked products we offer are fairly niche to the Los Angeles market. We aren’t those cheaper pastries you get from a more commercial, “big box store” means, but we also aren’t presenting desserts like french patisserie. Our pastries are memorable in the sense that they are rustically elegant. People can taste how special our products make them feel, and because of that our company has luckily grown rapidly.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In addition to starting my own culinary brand, I decided to enroll in culinary school. I thoroughly believe that I cannot learn enough about how to improve myself professionally and personally. Culinary school has not only honed my skill set as a trained chef and culinary business owner, but also has taught me other things like team development and continuing to inspire others to enjoy their work from the inside out. Food has a way of transcending emotion. I would like to feel that a lot of our products remind you of something you had as a kid. Nostalgia has a way of captivating people and it also brings more money into the business!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Gosh, I feel like the restaurant business has changed so much since the pandemic. Regardless of where you go, tip the servers well and don’t be turned off by added surcharges. Know that the restaurant is probably short-staffed and being a little more patient is necessary. The restaurant industry needs to play catch up. Always support local – pick the food up and order directly from the restaurant if you are taking your order to-go. Try to avoid using third-party app-based courier services. They are taking ~30% off your bill and margins of the industry are already so low.

Los Angeles is such a melting pot of fusion cuisine and it’s own California flare. Something I did during the pandemic with my partner was touring bakeries across town. Pick something you want to explore (like fun happy hours, seafood, Asian cuisine, etc.) and make a day of it. Don’t be afraid to explore other neighborhoods. You never know, you might just find your new favorite spot for a date or a future birthday dinner!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to thank all of my friends and family for their support. I’ve taught personal fitness since 2010 and the community that has been loyal to me has also followed me into this new venture. Grassroots and local word-of-mouth marketing have been a very successful method for me because of this. I can’t be more appreciative of those individuals that have allowed Mama Sue’s to enter their homes or gathering places and flourish by telling others about my company.

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