What an amazing find here in Alaska, an almost all allergy free place to eat. They run their business in Wasilla/Palmer AK area but my hope is they will be able to expand into Anchorage/Eagle River or even have a sit down restaurant in the near future. For right now I am just happy that there is such a place out there where we can all go for some good food without worrying about cross contamination from our allergens.
Omnivore is a gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, refined sugar free, corn free and peanut free food truck. Wow that’s a mouthful, a yummy mouthful.
You can find more info here: Omnivore
The menu changes every two weeks keeping things new and exciting but you can see from this menu how amazing the food is. With a changing menu you can try many new things although if you find something you really love you may have to wait until it comes on the menu again. That doesn’t bother me much, just knowing I am getting good safe food is the biggest asset of this food truck.
How Omnivore was started:
Emerald (love the name) Kroeker is the creator of this business. She is a lifelong Alaskan and legacy small business owner, having worked in the food service industry since she was 13 years old. She has always wanted to have her own business but never could decide just what cuisine she wanted to do.
She grew up in a family of 10 that subsisted on convenience and sadly she remembers making fun of people who had food intolerances or those who chose to eat all organic – because why wouldn’t you choose the tasty versions? She had no idea at the time about how important it was to some people and I am so thankful her mindset changed. I personally had no idea what others went through until it hit our family as well so I fully understand her.
In 2017, at the age of 24, she was diagnosed with PCOS and was told it was incurable and she would likely be on medication for the rest of her life. This was not a solution she was comfortable with. she cleaned up her diet, basically went Paleo, no dairy, no grains, etc. She sounds so much like me which is why I love her and her idea so much! But good news…..one year later she had the diagnosis removed, she was shocked – what happened to incurable??
She began formulating a business plan for a brick and mortar restaurant but it was out of reach financially. One day after a disagreement with her boss she saw a food truck for sale on facebook. she purchased it 3 days later and 6 months later she opened Omnivore. Even though she was no longer suffering from PCOS she understood the need for others to eat clean, healthy and safely from allergens.
She says she wants clean eating options to be accessible and easy and of course tasty, especially for people who are just beginning to navigate the world of food intolerances. So many have the mindset that gluten free is gross or weird, and don’t even realize they probably eat more meals that fall into that category than they think! She wants people to not go hungry when they are trying to avoid an ingredient and can’t find an option on the go. This has been my struggle, people with food allergies just can’t pop into a fast food place so her mobile truck is a treat.
I am truly thankful for her ambition and I hope to get the word out to others so they can support her in her journey and my wish is to see her expand and grow so more people can enjoy a safe place to eat.