our philosophy

Our staff of entrepreneurs and community of growing businesses has the knowledge, experience and expertise to give you the absolute best chance to succeed. But, that success or failure is ultimately in the hands of you and your team. While we’ll do out best to guide, provide and help wherever we can, there is no “easy button” or cheat code to growing a great business. Because of this reality, we believe in a largely hands-off approach so you can evolve, learn and ultimately excel.

TasteLab Management

Ryan Hansan

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Founder and CEO

In 2012, Ryan founded local dinner kit delivery company, scratchDC, to solve the weeknight dinner dilemma. Surprising and delighting customers with extreme attention to detail and fantastic customer service, Ryan scaled scratchDC from two orders on the first day to a company that fed thousands of hungry Washingtonians every week. He sold scratchDC to SunBasket in 2016 to focus on his other food companies, TinyGrocery and TasteLab. At the height of its operation, TinyGrocery provided healthy, wholesome and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options to hundreds of offices, apartments, gyms and retail stores throughout the DMV via a revolutionary RFID powered refrigerated kiosk. With the growth of TasteLab's community, Ryan made the decision to close TinyGrocery in late 2016 to focus on helping his clients.

Ryan is a native of Reston, Virginia and currently lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with his wife Lisa and his pit bull (and official TasteLab mascot), Billie. 

Jordan Estes

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Chief Operating Officer

Jordan joined TasteLab in early 2017 after founding, designing, building and growing LoKL Gourmet Market in McLean, Virginia. While at LoKL, Jordan managed all elements of turning an empty storefront into a locally-focused gourmet grocery store while running a massive school lunch and catering operation out of a tiny shared kitchen space. Prior to that, she served as general manager of Nourish Market in Falls Church. Jordan brings an unparalleled motor and encyclopedic knowledge of all things local and how to take a product from concept to shelf.  

She hails from Virginia Beach and currently lives in DC with her tabby cat, Abbey . 

Senior Facilities Manager

Antoine Dickens

With decades of engineering and facilities management under his belt, Antoine is the oil that keeps the TasteLab machine running. Antoine is responsible for the functionality of the entire kitchen, ensuring that everything from the roof to the floor is in working order.

He currently lives in Hyattsville, MD with his family. 

Emily Platt

Office Manager

Emily joined the TasteLab team in 2018 and is excited to bring her love for the energetic DC food scene and experience working with small businesses together. As a DC resident for nearly six years, Emily has helped entrepreneurs grow their businesses through creative social media campaigns, fun community events, outreach to local and national media and everything in between. She has worked at jewelry studios, popsicle cafes, cupcake shops and baby gear stores.

Emily grew up in Massachusetts and spent many years living in Nova Scotia, Canada. She excels in finding vintage sweaters and fun earrings. Her favorite condiment is honey. You can find her trying out new bars and restaurants in her neighborhood, Columbia Heights, where she lives with her fiancé Will.

Co-founder, Chairman of the Board

Billie Hansan


Billie is the longest tenured member of the TasteLab family. In the early days, she served as official taste-tester. At four weeks old, Billie was rescued from an alley in Baltimore, and after a long fight with pneumonia,  moved down to Washington, DC with Ryan and Lisa.  

Billie now lives in Chevy Chase where she campaigns vigorously against the stigma and discrimination of her fellow pitbulls. She loves fetching, balls, reading Plato and has currently deferred from Harvard Business School to focus on an upcoming venture.