Meet the Ladies Behind Cleveland’s Newest Food Truck…for dogs!

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s about time dogs got their own food truck. We’ve seen just about every type of food now being served in food truck format, why shouldn’t our canine friends be able to enjoy some roadside dining?

Cleveland’s first food truck for dogs, K-9 Café Food Truck, hopes to be up and running soon, bringing delicious, healthy treats to Cleveland dogs. The food truck is the brain child of Joann Orlando and Michelle Spehar, dog lovers and chefs who have a passion for organic and natural food for dogs. K-9 Café Food Truck will be serving gourmet, organic dog treats made with human-grade ingredients.  Based on the pictures of the treats they plan to sell, I think people might be lining up for the food without their dogs!

Joann and Michelle hope to bring the truck to dog events, dog parks, fundraisers -wherever dogs will be. Since I love anything that caters to Cleveland dogs, I am excited at the potential for the city’s first food truck for dogs! Read on to learn more about Joann and Michelle’s idea for the food truck. And if you like what you read, you can donate to their kickstarter to get the truck up and running: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2037624047/k-9-cafe-dog-treat-food-truck

Where did you get the idea for the K-9 Café Food Truck?

We wanted to figure out a unique way to get our treats to the public.  We got our inspiration from the food truck craze.  We thought we could reach more people by bringing the truck to dog events, dog parks, etc. rather than opening a brick and mortar dog bakery.

 
What type of treats can we expect at the truck? 

Healthy gourmet treats made from human-grade, natural and organic ingredients.  We’ll feature treats for all taste buds…Vegan, Vegetarian, meat lovers, frozen treats, dehydrated treats, and some “human food truck” inspired treats!

Where will people be able to find the truck?

Dog events, fundraisers, dog parks, apartment complexes…really, any dog-friendly place.  We will be letting our fans know of our location via Twitter and Facebook, this will allow dog lovers to have a gathering place to socialize and make new friends!  Also, one of our goals is to give back by donating to local dog rescues and organizations.

Do you have dogs? Which treats are their favorites?

Yes!  Michelle:  Roxie, who is featured in our video, is my rescue dog.  We were at a dog park in Medina, and someone dumped her out of their car and drove off.     We couldn’t believe it!   We brought her home and she’s been our family pet ever since. Favorite Treats: Roxie is not picky, she eats EVERYTHING!!

Treats 4
 

Joann:   Our family dog is Stella, a Great Dane, who we brought into our home after her previous owner could not take care of her any longer.  My daughter took Stella when she moved out, so now I consider her my “Grand Dog.”   Favorite Treat:  Stella is a little picky,  but she loves any of our treats made with meat!

 

Can you share your favorite dog treat recipe with us?

This is one of the vegetarian biscuits we will be offering from our truck:

Blue Hawaiian
2     Cups Oat Flour
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Blueberries
1/2 Cup Banana (tightly packed)
2      Tbsp Honey
2      Tbsp Shredded Coconut

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Mix all wet and dry ingredients then add flour and mix until dough forms a ball.  Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick, then cut out biscuits with your favorite cookie cutter.  Bake at 300 degrees on middle rack for 20 minutes.  Turn oven off and let biscuits remain in oven an additional 30 minutes.   Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers.

What are your future plans for the truck?

Right now we are focusing on getting our truck ready for business.  We are also working on a line of all natural and organic dog grooming and pet care products that we will be selling from our truck and on our website.  It will be exciting to see what opportunities unfold for us in the future!

Food Truck Before:

Truck Before

Graphics for the food truck:

Like them on Facebook to keep up to date on their progress bringing the truck to Cleveland, or visit their website: http://www.k9cafetreats.com for more info!