February 23, 2021
It’s been an organic journey… and I’ve enjoyed that it’s allowed my wife and I to have dinner together again.
I don’t really remember life in my twenties. After attending the Culinary Institute of America, I worked in the restaurant business. While I was making dinner for guests, I wasn't able to enjoy dinner at home with my wife.
We did find time to bake treats together for our two golden retrievers. We are both cautious of our nutrition, and we didn’t want to feed our fur babies anything we wouldn’t put in our own mouths. We’d give the treats we’d make to family and friends around the holidays. By word of mouth, we were invited to set-up a booth at the Saco Farmers Market.
Animals' lives are short enough, and we enjoyed bringing Thumper and Java with us to the Farmers Market. They were our original business inspiration and taste testers. Our loyal client base continued to build and we needed to ramp up our production. We kept things small, didn’t do any advertising and bought space in the Biddeford Mill in 2010 to continue our business with a professional kitchen.
I love that we’ve found a quality of life that melded my passion for animals and cooking together. I’ve always enjoyed seeing the delight on diners faces as they take their first bite of a meal I’ve prepared. Now, my diners are four legged, and might drool a little more, but the love and appreciation they have for the treats they get to munch on gives me the same joy.