n 2016, Kris Wallace went from loyal Starbucks customer to Starbucks partner. She wanted to learn how the world’s leading coffee company makes its popular espresso drinks, and she wanted to wear that iconic green apron. In this informative, insightful book, she shares the challenges and lessons of being trained by partners half her age while trying to keep her sense of humor.
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Kris (Sauer) Wallace was born in Springfield, Illinois, the Land of Lincoln. She grew up eating horseshoes and Mel-O-Cream donuts, buying candy at Pease’s, and riding her bike through Washington Park. After graduating from Springfield High School and Purdue University, Kris attended law school at Ohio Northern University where she met her husband John.
After spending time in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, they moved to Moscow, Idaho. That’s where Kris became a Starbucks regular and started her donut business, Buy the Dozen Donuts, in 2009.
In 2014, Kris was invited to compete on the Cooking Channel’s Donut Showdown. She won the Mardi Gras episode which you can watch on Youtube https://youtu.be/qZEjxvqoaok. You can find her awesome potato donut recipe in the book, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food by Matthew Gavin Frank.
In 2015, Kris and John sold the donut shop, their house, and all of their stuff to travel the US in an RV with their four kids.