The U.S. pet food market was valued at $24.6 billion in 2016 and is expected to soar to more than $30 billion in sales by 2022, according to Zion Market Research. But premade food isn’t good enough for the pets of some of Chicago’s top chefs. While they’re known for their culinary creativity in the city’s best restaurants, some of their best work is done at home for their beloved dogs. We asked 11 chefs and an award-winning mixologist how they spoil their canine companions. Some of the answers might make you drool.
Chef/partner, RPM Steak, RPM Italian, Ramen San, Bub City, Three Dots & a Dash
Dog: Fletcher, aka Fletch, an 8-year-old hound mix
The diet: Psaltis and his wife, Hsing, rescued Fletch years ago when living in New York. In addition to feeding him turkey meatballs from Slagel Family Farm’s Farm 2 Bowl line and Answers Pet Food fermented grass-fed goat’s milk (for gut health), Psaltis makes him raw food with ingredients that can include beef liver, sardines, ground ginger, kelp powder, broccoli, sweet potato, spinach, carrots and ground hemp seed. Fletch often gets Tomahawk steak bones from RPM Steak, too.