It sounds like a spoof, but the Caveman Cafeteria -- Denver's newest (and only) food truck specializing in paleo diet dishes -- is no joke. Even though its owner, Will White, is a comedian.
An Army veteran, White was stationed at Fort Carson until May, then moved to Denver after realizing "it was the best city in the world," he says. Already involved in the local comedy scene, he decided to start a food truck because of the growing market of people interested in the paleo, or Caveman, diet, which stresses grass-fed meat and vegetables.
"We evolved for 5 million years in an environment of food scarcity," says White. "It was unlikely for people to find food that was high in carbohydrates. Now we're in the opposite environment in America, an environment of plenty. We have the same genes as hunter- gatherers, but eating grains and sugars is not nutritious."
White partnered on the project with David Kenney, a childhood friend who had restaurant experience in both Fort Lauderdale and Connecticut. The two fixed up a truck they bought off Craigslist, turning it into the Caveman Cafeteria. It now makes regular stops at the Great Divide on Tuesdays, the parking lot at Crossfit LoDo and River North Brewery on Wednesdays, and The Matchbox on Thursdays. Response has been "unbelievable," he says. "Word of mouth has really attracted people."
The truck's menu is divided into three categories. The "Hunter" includes meats such as bistro steak and short ribs, both $12. The "Gatherer" features veggie dishes, including salt-cured tomatoes and coconut kale, each $4. "Cheat Day Specials" are also offered, with the $5 rhubarb pie among the most popular.
And then there's free advice, a "primal blueprint" that teaches you how to exercise and what to eat so that your genes reach their full potential and your body becomes a lean, mean, caveman machine. Some of those tips:
1. Eat insects, animals and plants.
2. Move around a lot at a slow pace.
3. Lift heavy things.
4. Avoid poisonous things.
5. Run really fast every once in a while.
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Ideally to the Caveman Cafeteria, if it's in your neighborhood. For more information, go to cavemancafeteria.com.