No sugar. No dairy. No gluten. No problem.
Newly opened Evolve Paleo Chef at 3023 S. Harvard Ave. serves snacks, juices and prepared meals based on a paleo diet that emphasizes eating meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and berries with no sugar.
The Tulsa site is just under 3,000 square feet and can accommodate about 30 customers. It is the fifth location for Evolve Paleo, which also has locations in the Kansas City area; Wichita; Omaha, Nebraska; and Lowell, Arkansas.
“We had some friends and family, and some of our staff were familiar with the Tulsa area. It’s a great community, and there really isn’t anything like what we do in Tulsa. So, it’s a great market,” said Jason Fechter, co-owner.
Paleo is short for Paleolithic — a period when life was in its wild and most pristine state and humans banded together and subsisted by gathering plants and fishing, hunting or scavenging wild animals.
The Paleo diet is based on principles such as low to no grain and low sugar intake; thus low carbohydrate, which helps the body work at optimal levels, according to the restaurant’s website.
Fechter, who has a background as a chiropractor, is a co-owner of Evolve Paleo Chef with Caleb Summers, a chef. Together, the men started the company out of a house garage and kitchen to “make a little extra cash.”
When the business started, the paleo diet had a lot of appeal for the CrossFit community, an intense fitness regimen, but also many people with health concerns, including pre-diabetics and those with Crohn’s disease, are seeking healthier eating options and ways to eliminate inflammation, Fechter explained.
“Our first client came to us and said, ‘My son is prediabetic and he needs to eat this paleo diet,’ ” Fechter said.
They started offering meal delivery and business quickly grew.
“We started this about two-and-half years ago. We are a debt-free company. We grow as we can, and we grow organically,” Fechter said.
Today, the business employs about 200 people overall, including about 22 in Tulsa.
Evolve Paleo Chef also offers an online meal service whereby clients can order as many or few meals as they want online by Thursday at midnight for the following week. On Sunday, they can either pick up their food from the restaurant or have it delivered for an extra $7.50.
The food is fresh, and the restaurant works with local farmers, Fechter said. Food options change based on what is in season and what is available from farmers. The restaurant’s menu is on a nine-week rotation. While a main entree may remain the same, the vegetable might change, Fechter.
Customers have no contracts, and they can order as much or as little as they want. They also can ask for modifications to a dish, he said.
In addition to salads and breakfast items, the restaurant’s main entrees online include tasty-sounding choices such as lemon Parmesan meatballs, sweet potato shepherd’s pie, bacon wrapped beef medallion, luau pork and more. Dessert includes pecan bars or German chocolate cherry cake, which is topped with a coconut date icing.Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.