Radio Show: Tom's Tiny Kitchen

In a world of sweet, over-processed pimento cheese, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen’s Pimento Cheese stands out. In fact, it might just be the best pimento cheese you’ve ever tasted – thickly shredded sharp cheddar, hand chopped green onions, pimentos, mayo, and a few secret spices; made and packaged by hand in Memphis, Tenn.

In 2009, Tom Flournoy was suddenly laid off. At age 61 – and at the height of the recession – finding a new job proved impossible. Never content to sit still, Flournoy developed a passion for cooking, and started tinkering with his mother’s pimento cheese recipe. He began making it and sharing with friends, who were bowled over by its flavor.

Encouraged by the response and in need of an income, he started making small batches and selling at a Memphis farmers’ market in May 2011. Word spread fast, and by July 2011 he was selling out every week. Tom’s Tiny Kitchen (TTK) was born.

TTK Pimento Cheese has since developed a rabid local following: it’s now available at most Memphis-area Krogers, Whole Foods and local grocery stores.

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