I really, really dig this, just like with the caveman, paleo, primal food trucks I’ve previously blogged about. I’m enthusiastic about these sorts of heavy commitment, heavy effort projects and am willing to help out. You know what the most intriguing thing about the idea of a paleo restaurant is for me? The fats & oils. Usually, I can work my way around most menus to eliminate or minimize gluten & grains but the hard part is the fats & oils, especially in a cafe. I’d love to see something like this displayed prominently outside, and on the menu:
“We use ONLY the following natural oils and fats: butter, ghee, coconut oil, red palm oil, leaf lard, beef tallow, chicken / duck / goose fat, bacon drippings, extra virgin olive oil and home made mayonnaise using combinations of the foregoing. Diners are welcome to substitute the fat(s) listed on any menu item with any alternative of their choosing.”
Would that be cool, or what? With that step and offering gluten free menus, one can get to 80%+ Paleo in just about any restaurant quickly.
Help Launch a Boulder, CO Paleo Restaurant: Blooming Beets Kitchen
Here’s the IndieGoGo crowdsource funding campaign. Check it out, lots of details, and here’s a short video.
Here’s some high points:
- Blooming Beets Kitchen (www.bloomingbeets.com) will open in Boulder, CO April, 2014.
- This is a 100% Paleo restaurant being launched by the gal behind PaleoFlip.
- In addition to solid Paleo nutrition, this restaurant will focus on veggies and meats from local and organic farms.
- The crowdfunding campaign has some cool giveaways: a restaurant cookbook, pre-bought meals, and a banquet party for contributors. They have cool stuff even for people who don’t live in Colorado, so you can support them wherever you are, start a movement, and eventually see a Paleo restaurant in your own town!
- They get all the money pledged even if they don’t reach the target; however, helping them meet and surpass their target means the restaurant gets located in central downtown Boulder instead of less desirable locations.
Consider shooting some moola Iva’s way, please. Money where mouth is, eh? Get it?
OK, so here’s the deal. Unless I seek it out, I’m not really much interested in reviewing or promoting paleo books or cookbooks anymore (I’ll get it myself if I do). I’ll do some, and I owe a couple currently, but it has become a rather low effort deal with tons of people saying the same thing, same basic recipes, and I just don’t care to promote it—with some notable exceptions (See John Durant’s The Paleo Manifesto).
Same goes for most products. Since creating a product is far more effort I’m willing to consider looking at something. If I don’t get back to you, it’s because I’m not interested. If the product is some faux Paleo treat, please don’t waste your time or le mien.
How about someone starting a MovNat gym styled after Erwan LeCore’s Natural Movement protocols and using the sorts of “equipment” they construct for their courses? You could even use real logs and trees like they do. I think that would be an excellent alternative to CrossFit—which I’m not too hip on, anymore, from some of the stuff I’ve heard in terms of insane workouts, too frequent, and injurers (though I’m sure there are many out there doing it far more sensibly).
Bottom line: high effort project, huge value add, and you’ve got my support so long as you don’t suck, I don’t dislike you, or any arbitrary reason of my choosing.