Cavemen didn't have trucks, but that's not stopping the Caveman Cafeteria

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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.

Ideally to the Caveman Cafeteria, if it's in your neighborhood. For more information, go to cavemancafeteria.com.



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Caveman Cafeteria

, Denver / Boulder, CO

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Darkling Thrush
Darkling Thrush

"but eating grains and sugars is not nutritious." I'll give you refined sugars (and processed food in general), but I am reading right now about Kenyan distance runners who thrive on ugali & kale (cornbread & greens). How can you say these runners aren't healthy when they win every race they enter? My own ancestors (Muskogee, or Creek Indian) based their diet on the Three Sisters - corn, beans, and squash. We supplemented these with other vegetables and with wild game. We were plenty healthy until Europeans converted us to the "western diet". It's hard to define a healthy diet without looking at lifestyle; lots of carbs can be fine if you're exercising enough to burn them.

Ryan
Ryan

Run roh. I think that should read "Army veteran" instead of "Amy veteran." Thanks for the heads up on this new truck!

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