FIVE THINGS WITH KATE SCHADE FOUNDER OF KATE'S REAL FOOD
FIVE THINGS is a weekly feature on the Banjo Brothers Blog. It’s a short interview about life and bicycles with a notable person. This week’s FIVE THINGS is with Kate Schade, founder, Kate's Real Food. Kate’s Real Food is a small company in the Idaho backcountry making handmade, organic energy bars with all-natural ingredients. We got introduced to Kate and her story through our mutual pal, Ben Weaver. Kate dived headlong into the business world in 2010 after making her Tram Bars to sustain her and her pals during their epic backcountry adventures. She's been a ski bum, slinged Italian food, and managed CSA farm called Cosmic Apple Gardens which was a driving influence behind her company and its mission. Oh, and did we mention she races motorcycles in the dessert? We hope you enjoy this week's FIVE THINGS.
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU RIDING?
KS: 2017 KTM350xcf. It’s my big mountain bike. Dirt biking influences most of my current life decisions and where I like to go. Mountains and technical riding? Please take me there! There is no other activity I do where I am so completely in the moment. It is exhilarating and 100% cleansing. Mountain biking was my gateway drug to the moto. You may take the beating of your life, but you’ll keep going back for more.Struggle buggy: Pivot Mach 6 for the Tetons of Idaho and Wyoming, or wherever else travel may take me. Who does not love this bike?When I Commute: A classic gold Kona Esplosif for my mostly 7 mile gravel ride to work in the summer. I do not commute in the cold and snow.
BANJO BROS: WHERE ARE YOU RIDING?
KS: I love to check out new places, in particular, mountain terrain, but open to any unique areas. Generally, I like to find places where I can promote my company well, and get some good riding in. These two often go hand in hand anyway. Wherever you find great adventure, is a good place for Kate’s.
Dirt biking influences most of my current life decisions and where I like to go. Mountains and technical riding? Please take me there! There is no other activity I do where I am so completely in the moment. It is exhilarating and 100% cleansing. Mountain biking was my gateway drug to the moto. You may take the beating of your life, but you’ll keep going back for more.
BANJO BROS: WHAT LISTENING TO?
- Whatever moves me at the moment.
- Nothing because my head needs to rest.
- Industrial. Jazz. Classical.
- I am not fixated on any particular artist.
- The birds, the crickets.
- The Wire: ith dinner at the end of the day
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU COOKING/EATING/DRINKING?
KS: Cocktails Currently: Old fashioneds - No soda water! No juice! Rye, bitters, cherry and orange twist. Martinis - Gin. No vermouth. Up. Cold. And, with gins I have not tried yet . . .Margaritas. If they are made quality. If they come out in a pint glass, something’s wrong. It’s really a gamble ordering them at a bar. I should just make them myself. So, I do. Favorite food to make: Bacon liver pate: It’s my superfood, and should be yours too. Google the benefits of liver. It’s the real deal as long as it’s grass fed or organic. I get livers from my hunting friends.
BANJO BROS: WHAT'S STUCK IN YOUR CRAW?
KS: Don’t knock it until you try it. Lack of general knowledge about the food going into people’s bodies. Companies getting sued because people are unable to decipher what is good for themselves. Needing to define what “natural” is, what “healthy” is; I’ll stop at those two. The fact that the food system is screwed up along with our guts: it’s no surprise there are so many health issues out there. There’s a pill to fix everything. Being able to find a scientific article to back-up or to bash on whatever food belief a person may have. How can the health care system ever be fixed? In the 90’s when I started using the phrase, “Real Food, Real Energy,” you wouldn’t believe how many people asked me what “real food” is. In this day and age isn’t it obvious? Yet, it probably needs a definition too, now.
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