This interview is the first of a series about some of our food trucks you’ll see at the Statehouse Market in 2013. We interviewed Shelby Malaterre, the owner of Caveman Truck, who opened one of the first paleo/primal food truck concepts in the nation last summer.
About the Paleo diet
The Paleo diet is a low-carb diet variation based on the foods most likely eaten by Paleolithic-era humans (cavemen). The diet follows a few restrictions, but is fairly open. It allows for fish, meats, mushrooms, fruit, vegetables, and many others. Foods not allowed in the diet include grains, processed foods, dairy products, refined salt and sugar and a few others. More information on the Paleo diet can be found in the links below.
Caveman Truck Interview
How did you get started with Caveman Truck?
Malaterre: I had not realized how the food truck scene in Indy had grown until I went to the Super Bowl celebrations in February 2012. At the time, I had been paleo for a month and I was completely sold on the lifestyle. I looked at every truck that I passed that night for something I could eat without a ton of special instructions given. Alas, I found nothing.
The next day the idea just hit me to start a paleo-friendly food truck. I had wanted to be a chef and own a food business for as long as I could remember and felt like it was the right idea at the right time.
Describe the kind of food you sell.
Malaterre: I sell the highest quality local pasture raised meats and organically-focused produce items. Foods are ready to eat and contain no gluten, soy, or casein which are some of the major food allergies.
Where is your favorite place to park your truck?
Malaterre: The Statehouse Market is a great stop!
What made you interested in the Paleo lifestyle?
Malaterre: I initially started paleo just to lose weight. I figured I would lose what I wanted and probably return to a standard American diet after I had leaned out. After all the success I had in the first 3 weeks, my life was changed and I knew I would stick with it.
What’s your favorite item on the menu?
Malaterre: The foods I serve directly reflect my personal taste, but I eat Barnyard Chili almost every day.
Anything else you would like to share?
Malaterre: If you would like to learn more about me, please visit cavemantruck.com/press
Our recommendation from Caveman Truck:
Bacon Hash, Barnyard Chili or Tacos served in Jicama shells.
Stop by the Statehouse Market and try some of Caveman Truck’s delicious paleo food! Caveman Truck can be found at the market biweekly, starting with it’s next visit on June 27. Check out our vendor profile of Caveman Truck and follow them on the web and on Twitter @cavemantruck.
Check back soon for our next food truck profile!