A holistic restaurant for four-legged friends, The Curious Canine Kitchen will pop up on Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 April in London’s Shoreditch area. Featuring two seating’s each day (1 – 3pm & 3-5pm) this doggie fine diner is the first of its kind in Britain to serve high-end, freshly prepared, organic canine cuisine.
A ticketed event, Lucky Foodie Fido’s will be treated to a five-course, drink paired set menu. Items on the “The Nature Way Tasting Menu” for dogs include Textures of Tripe with seaweed and kale puree, crispy Paddywack with reishi mushroom flaxseed cream and coconut and blueberry chia pudding with gluten-free cinnamon quinoa ‘dog biscuits’ to name a few. Served alongside refreshments such as Alkaline water, beef consommé and coconut water, the menu will be polished off with a piquant marrowbone (indeed artisan bones no less from Hill & Szrok), known for its teeth cleaning properties and a ‘Fresh Breath’ herbal tea tonic to aid digestion.
Served by waiters at one of the restaurants four bespoke doggy tables, any left over’s will be available to take home in a doggy bag, along with a special goody bag featuring some easy tips and tricks on introducing fresh foods and herbs to a dogs diet as well as recipes and samples from dog loving sponsors including brands such as Diet D’Og and Woof&Brew. On-site entertainment includes a fido photo booth for posing pooches.
Not wishing dog owners to miss out on the action, they too will be served an assortment of seven, raw whole food amuse-bouche and a variety of drinks as part of a set ‘Rawsome Tasting Menu’. Featuring a range of the superfoods presented in the doggie menu including spirulina, flaxseed, coconut oil and chia, the menu which includes items such as gazpacho raw soup, golden quinoa, coconut and mango salad as well as avocado, blueberry and chia cheesecake demonstrates how culinary ingredients can be shared between owners and their hounds.
This event celebrates the wisdom of Juliette de Bairacli Levy and her book ‘The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog’ (first published in 1955). An original spirit from London, she was the first person to be published on the importance of food to animal health, and is widely considered the grandmother of herbal medicine and holistic dog care.
“I am impassioned to provoke a rethink in healthy canine dining and hope that this event, the first of its kind here, inspires better doggie dinners across the UK”.
Event organiser and spiritual dog trainer Natty Mason, who has a particular passion for canine nutrition, has worked with whole foods and gluten-free trained chef Emily Stevenson to devise the menus served at The Curious Canine Kitchen which combine Juliette‟s herbal wisdom in giving vitality while remaining true to canine tastes.
The Curious Canine Kitchen is donating 100% of the proceeds to Amazon CARES, a street dogs (and cats) charity in Iquitos, where Natty, a Londoner, regularly volunteers. For those who are unable to attend the event but wish to get involved, there will be the ‘Paw-fect Prize Draw’ online offering the crème de la crème of canine and human prizes to be won.