vendor: bow wow chews
Where to find: Aspen Grove Woof-O-Ween on Oct. 8, South Pearl Street Farmers Market on Oct. 16, Discovery Tap House + Bow Wow Chews Halloween Dog Costume Contest on Oct. 22, Joyous Chinese Cultural Center on Nov. 12. A Holiday Bazaar will also be held. Find Bow Wow Chews at local restaurants and markets like HOJA, Flatirons Natural Pet Market and Denver Central Market.
For more information: visit bowwowchews.com
About our business: Before she became a dog chef, Christy Lujan was already at the pinnacle of most traditional cooking careers. rice field. This is a credit she earned after years of being overworked and underpaid in an unforgiving industry. Even today, the back of many restaurant houses is her one of the most shockingly misogynistic work environments. I was once told, “I don’t accept orders from women.”
Up until that point, she says, Lujan had a vision of the “supposed” career path she should take. Her 60-hour workweek was “like a badge of honor,” she remembers. However, her long hours and grueling work eventually began to take its toll. That’s when she started investing in another dream. It was a dream to be able to create innovative bites for a whole new audience. In August 2015, Lujan purchased a domain and registered Bow Wow Chews LLC.
But she didn’t jump from human chef to dog chef right away. Lujan continued working in the food industry for several more years and took a job at her cheese shop for a change of pace. “I was really struggling to move away from what I thought I should be,” she says. was the global upheaval caused by the pandemic. Bow Wow Chews now has its own commercial production space and sells dog treats in six states.
In the usual Bow Wow Chews line-up, Lujan has reimagined dishes like fish and chips, fish tacos (with whole dried anchovies), and dried vegetable “tempura” to make them dog-safe and shelf-stable. did. Real delicious ingredients are incorporated into each treat, such as sliced margherita pizza biscuits with Parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. Puppies can also enjoy dog ramen complete with noodles, mushrooms and seaweed that can be reconstituted in hot water and added to the kibble.
Lujan emphasizes using familiar, often organic ingredients to create nutritious treats. This, she says, stems from growing up in a household where her family pets were strictly fed kibble. Upon returning home, I found my mother throwing spinach and other produce in the trash rather than giving them to the dog. “Oh my god! How many other people think this way?” she recalls.
Bow Wow Chews’ menu is more than just treats. One of Lujan’s areas of expertise is creating dog his cakes that can be customized from flavors to pet allergies. If you want to go even bigger and host an entire pup party, Lujan will create his menu of themed pop-ups and cater your event. A foodie-themed “Lost and Found Day” party with dog-friendly tacos, bolognese, and pot stickers? Check, check, check.
Bow Wow Chews will be the featured maker at the South Pearl Street Farmers Market on October 15th. In addition to our rotating selection of treats, check out our new Halloween-themed treats, including Howl-O-Ween Cake His Cups and Peanut Butter Boos. berry pie. When he can’t hit the market, Lujan also sells chews at local businesses like the Denver Central Market and his HOJA restaurant.
Farmer’s Market Bonuses: It’s official, folks: Fall is in full swing. The leaves have changed and the pumpkin patch is open for business. Most farmers markets close this month, so go this weekend to grab the last bite from local bakeries and produce vendors. A few things to keep an eye out for while you’re there:
- Apples, apples, apples. Honeycrisps of the month taste like downright candy in every slice, while Crisps’ pink apples are great for both snacking and baking. Stop by one of the fruit stands and ask the vendor for their recommended variety. Pro tip: Peel the excess, slice it, and put it in the slow cooker. Leave on low heat for a few hours until the pieces are soft, then mash to make your own applesauce.
- Vegetables such as winter squash and carrots, cabbage, and greens are in the limelight. Grab some hearty veggies and sliced kale and bake it all in sections on a 400°F sheet tray, removing each component when tender and lightly browned. Garnish with a mustard and maple vinaigrette as a fall side or main.
- Stock up on local protein in your freezer before the weather starts to change. Lazy-J raises traditional pork, Sunrise Bison Ranch’s meat is 100% grass-fed, and Centennial Cut beef is fed by-products from brewers and distilleries for a sustainably marbled texture. Farmer’s market meat stands are often run by ranchers themselves, so speaking directly to ranchers is one of the best ways to learn about and support small family farms across the state. is.