Meet the Team

The Wild Thyme Company's Foodie Gang

The Wild Thyme Company Staff Dawn Tangeman

Chief Foodie | CEO

Alta Loma, California

"When I was 21, I went to work for the Conservation Corps in Humboldt County. We were sent on a rainy assignment for several weeks. At one point during our work, I was approached by the kitchen supervisor to learn how to cook for the corps members. I agreed, and from then on spent my time learning how to cook, with free range to be as creative as I liked. Actually, that same supervisor was the one who took me down to San Francisco from Humboldt to see the California Culinary Academy, where I attended school and fell in love with food.

When I created Wild Thyme in 2005, I'd been a sous chef, executive chef, and corporate chef; I'd managed 11 restaurants with four different concepts within the Aloha Group, had opened up the W Hotel in San Diego, and had run the café/catering for the prestigious Salk Institute. But the most important job I held, and continue to cherish, is that of mother to Gia, my daughter. It's from my want to spend time raising her with my passion for food that I created The Wild Thyme Company. I couldn't be prouder of my two babies."

  • What I want to eat/drink right now: Tacos and mojitos.
  • The love of my life is: My daughter, Gia.
  • Favorite childhood food memory: Making ravioli and chamelle (a yummy Italian anise bread) with my Grandma Berardinelli.
  • Fill in the blank: I'm prone to spontaneous dancing.
  • Why I'm a foodie: I'm totally obsessed with all things food and how flavors come together.
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The Wild Thyme Company
7163 Construction Ct.
Suite B

San Diego, CA 92121


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  • Office Hours
    M-S 8am - 4pm

  • Office is closed on Sundays, but we are always ready to party!


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