by Kaylin of Enticing Healthy Eating
Kind Kitchen is a mobile food truck and catering service from Northwest Arkansas. It is owned by Jennifer and Tommy Rollins and their goal is to use as much locally grown and organic food as possible for their menu—which truly offers something for everyone whether you are gluten-free, vegan, or just love to eat.
While reading more into the details about this food truck I had frequently seen at our Bentonville Farmer’s Market, but not yet visited, I just knew I had to be missing out on something. The perfect excuse to finally visit Kind Kitchen was presented to me when I found out I would be writing an article for the Arkansas Women Bloggers featuring the theme of “local flavor”.
Kind Kitchen’s story really began with Jennifer and her husband, Tommy, and their traveling adventures. While traveling, Jennifer would often times struggle to find places to eat that catered to either vegan and/or gluten-free customers. Jennifer and I both agreed that when they started Kind Kitchen 3 years ago, they really were hitting the market just about at the right time. This year was their biggest year yet, as they are quickly being discovered by those in Northwest Arkansas looking for gluten-free and/or vegan options for restaurants.
While they have a more permanent residence now at THE HUB on SW A St. in Bentonville offering lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11am-2pm, just down from the square, my past experiences of seeing Kind Kitchen has been at the Saturday Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday, Jennifer and her team source their ingredients for menu items from about five farms. Since they do locally source from farmer’s their menu does not stay the same the entire year but rather rotates with fresh foods according to the season.
And it’s no wonder they have stayed popular! With a menu selection featuring everything from fried pickles and sweet potato fries to vegan and meat indian tacos and burritos. Don’t forget about their gluten-free baked goodies and fresh juices too! And they are the only place to get fresh-squeezed juices in Benton County. When I asked Jennifer what her favorite menu item from her Kitchen was, she quickly replied it was the fresh juices. Jennifer has become very knowledgeable in fresh-squeezed juices and juice cleanses. Not having ever tried a fresh-squeezed juice, I knew I was in the right place and couldn’t resist when she offered to make me one herself. The fresh-squeezed juice and carrot cake, coconut muffin were fabulous. I will be going back for more tasty treats. Kind Kitchen has gained another loyal customer and fan.
Upon leaving my first visit to Kind Kitchen and saying goodbye to Jennier, I even remember saying “Can we be friends?”. Jennifer just smiled, laughed, and replied “Of course!” That’s what makes the Kind Kitchen not only a fantastic restaurant offering some of the best local ingredients around, but also a place that gives you great hospitality and feel-good vibes, even from the window of a food truck.
Kaylin is a health coach and nutrition consultant and author of the healthy living and food blog Enticing Healthy Eating . She hopes to inspire others to create more foods using wholesome and fresh ingredients and teaches people how to live a healthier and happier lifestyle through her health coaching business, Kaylin’s Keys to Health. Being born and raised in Bentonville, AR she is proud to still call Northwest Arkansas her current home and treasure trove for finding more tasty treats and eats. You can also follow Kaylin’s food and cooking adventures on her instagram.