Monday, December 19, 2011

Buddy's Kitchen Is The First Of Its Kind In North America - A Micro-Kitchen For Pooches!

Buddy’s Kitchen, is a new concept micro-kitchen, barkery and pet-bar that recently opened its doors on October 28, 2011 in Aurora, Ontario (with distribution of their healthy gourmet food available all across Ontario and in January all across Canada).

Today I spoke with founder Peter Kaufman, and was facinated by his approach to pet nutrition. Kaufman, having been involved in pet nutrition since 1997, created Buddy's Kitchen as a place for people to come with their dogs to meet like minded individuals and learn first hand about the steps involved in creating a healthy and balanced dog food. It was the home cooked meals of his youth and exchange of ideas that would often take place in his own childhood kitchen that inspired the idea.

Forget the dogs, I want
to try this!
As Kaufman states, Buddy's Kitchen "is not a pet store by any means." Of course you can purchase food at the 5200 square foot location, but what sets Buddy's Kitchen apart is that people are able to witness first hand exactly what is going into their dog's food, as it is made right before their eyes by executive chef Maurizio Barbiari, a 25 year veteran of the Toronto food industry. No longer are your dog's food ingredients shrouded in mystery. As Kaufman says, “If we can’t eat it, we don’t feed it.". In addition, Kaufman and Barbiari use local ingredients in their culinary creations.

Buddy's Kitchen consists of a front end lounge/pet bar which is like a "Starbucks for Dogs" where one can can lounge with their pet while they eat, play and you sip on coffee or tea and chat with other pet parents.  There is also the back kitchen similar to a micro brewery, where you can watch the food get made with whole human grade meats and produce, plus a little extra science for dogs within the food that contains pre and probiotics, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Once you've seen how it's done, you'll have peace of mind that comes with the knowledge of knowing exactly what your pooch is eating and on top of that,  20% of proceeds go to animal shelters and rehabilitation of abused animals.  

Though I've yet to visit Buddy's Kitchen, I plan on doing so in the new year. I'm looking forward to meeting Kaufman and Barbiari. I know my two pooches will be excited , as they have a difficult time reading the label on their current food! What a wonderful concept Kaufman has introduced to dog owners : Conversation, education, and full transparency when it comes to dog nutrition! Hopefully other pet food manufacturers take the time to drop by Buddy's Kitchen. It appears they might just learn a thing or two.

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