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To celebrate national ice cream month Dr. Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History highlights an interview with Crank And Boom Ice Cream’s Toa Green. The interview is part of the Nunn Center’s Savor: Immigrant Entrepreneur Oral History Project. Green talks about the journey from selling Thai food out of their Lexington restaurant and the decision to switch the business model to their now signature ice creams. Plus, learn about a Kentucky connection to a day and month celebrating this creamy confection.

Savor: Immigrant Entrepreneur Oral History Project

Project Summary:

This is a series of interviews with Bluegrass area immigrants who have built new lives through their entrepreneurship.

Interview Summary:

Toa discusses growing up in Frankfort, Kentucky and helping her parents in their Thai restaurant there from age seven until she left for college. Toa returned to Lexington to help with her parent's Lexington based restaurant, Thai Orchid, before opening her food truck Thai and Mighty and then the Crank and Boom Ice Cream tent followed by the restaurant of the same name.

Interviewer: Vanessa Grossl

Learn about Kentucky's connection to National Ice Cream Day and Month here:


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