All About the Family Biz

28 min

From Tortilla Factory to Jazz Club to Salsa and Chips: The Evolution of Casa Sanchez

The Sanchez Family has been in business in San Francisco for nearly 100 years, and they pioneered something you probably have in your fridge right now. A little plastic tub of fresh salsa. Reporter Marisol Medina-Cadena tells us how over the decades, their family biz has had to shape-shift to keep up with changing times.

The Curious Second Life of a Prather Ranch Cow: Biomedical Research

Jim and Mary Rickert came together because of cows. They met and fell in love at Cal Poly. Within a decade, they were managing a ranch just below the Oregon border in Siskiyou County. It was a struggle. For the series California Foodways, Lisa Morehouse found out their lives - and the business - changed when they got an unexpected offer. And they said yes.

Award-Winning Frank Fat's Restaurant Serves up Potstickers, Pie, and Political History

In the kitchen of one of Sacramento's oldest restaurants, huge woks sizzle with fragrant oils and Chinese noodles. Cooks chop fresh vegetables and blocks of white tofu into cubes. And when you turn the corner, banana cream pies are being made. That’s right: banana cream pies. Not a typical Chinese dish. But Frank Fat, who started this restaurant, was not a typical guy. For this installment in our Family Biz series, Bianca Taylor brings us a story about an eatery where its founder is as beloved as its food.

San Francisco Made Millions Selling Taxi Medallions. Now Drivers Are Paying the Price

Edward Agababian was a taxi driver in San Francisco, and his job was essential to his family’s survival. When the taxi industry was devastated by Uber and Lyft, his family didn’t just lose their main source of income. As KQED’s Sam Harnett reports, the family was also saddled with a mountain of debt.

Letter to My California Dreamer: From the ‘Red State Rockies’ to the ‘Riviera of Southern CA’

We’ve been asking you to write a letter to one of the first people in your family who came to California with a dream. This week's “Letter to My CA Dreamer” comes from Hollywood. Gregory Hinton writes to his brother Scotty, who left Colorado and found love - and a business partner - in Laguna Beach.

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