I came to Minneapolis in 2006 with just a dream
of working in the food business. I was a sales rep for a food distribution company when in 2007 I knocked on the door that would become my destiny. Walking into Merlins Rest for the first time was like coming home and has been every day since.
I met Lee, the owner, and just a year later he would become the love of my life. Lee is an Englishman through and through. He loves his culture so much and because of that I became passionate in learning everything I could about British Cuisine. Creating the dishes he grew up with was my favorite pastime. I started with the classic Sunday Roast then started to experiment with more “advanced” bakes.
I created my first mince pie way back in 2012. First only for Lee then slowly introducing it to our patrons at Merlins Rest Pub. We took our mince pies home to England in 2018 for the first time and were met with raving reviews from our family. Fast forward to December of 2020. Coming off a year of opening our second pub and the “dreaded lurgy”, as Lee named it, I was making my last batch of mince pies for the season on December 24, crying.
Feeling incredibly blessed for another season of Mince Pies. I didn’t want it to end. I wanted everyone to have the opportunity to try these delicious morsels. Production was going to have to be amped up though. This one man show was too much with all my other responsibilities. That is when I decided at that moment on 12/24/2020 at 11:11am that I was going to start a new online food business. And I was going to name it....queue the tears. Nana Tay Tays! Nana for grandma with whom I was becoming in just a couple of months and Tay Tay because my beautiful niece Maddie used to call me that when she was just a baby.
I knew at that moment this was a divine calling. Now just a few months later we are here. With my beautiful daughter Nichole by my side. Thank you for choosing Nana Tay Tays, Nichole and I are excited to hear from you!
xo - Tracie
Nana Tay Tay's Team
Tracie Munce (right)
Tracie Munce is the owner of Merlins Rest Pub since 2007, Eagan Arms Public House 2020, Nana Tay Tays 2021. Tracie specializes in the leadership of the teams. Tracie is Nana to the most amazing grandson, Ben. Passionate about cooking and baking, you can usually find Tracie in her “Tracie’s test kitchen”.
Nichole Munce (left)
Nichole Munce - owner operator of Nana Tay Tays. General Manager of Merlins Rest Pub. Mom to the most amazing son Benjamin! Nichole is the brains behind any wild idea Tracie comes up with. Nana Tay Tays is possible because Nichole can take the vision and make it a reality. Tracie is the luckiest mom in the world!