Dana Tomlin's interest in food started at an early age. Her dream as a 10-year-old was to own her own restaurant, (something she accomplished at the young age of 21.) Dana grew up in Harlingen, a town in rural, southern Texas and moved to Austin in 2003. Dana was hired as a cook at Austin's Wheatsville Food Co-op (www.wheatsville.coop) and was quickly promoted to Kitchen Manager and, two years later, to Deli Manager. Working at the co-op allows her to continue to focus on her childhood dream of creating great food and serving it to the community. Outside of work Dana spends her time cooking, reading science fiction and tween books, and supporting her daughter in sports and rock ’n roll. As a fun hobby, she and her partner host regularly scheduled themed dinner nights, usually based on a popular TV series.