Monday, 23 October 2017

Introducing… The Meat Free Mondog!

Not Dogs

Over the summer, we joined forces with Meat Free Monday the campaign created by Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney to introduce a brand new hotdog to the Not Dogs menu… ‘The Meat Free Mondog’. Now, the tasty winner has been selected…

The Pizza Margarita Dog by Iona Hodson

Not Dog in a toasted bun topped with marinara sauce, a sprinkle of grated cheese and finished with fresh basil… a simple, delicious Italian-inspired dog!

Iona had clearly done her research saying that her recipe expands on the diversity of the current menu with the Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog, The Original Frank, Cha-Cha Chilli Dog and Ticklish Tikka all representing different cultures.

Such a great inspiration for us and the Not Dogs Crew to get in the kitchen to produce the perfect Pizza Dog!

Meat Free Monday

The runners up are…

BLT by Michaela Williams

Cheezy Mac Dog by Amy Pople

We have dreamt of teaming up with Meat Free Monday ever since we first created Not Dogs selling all of our unique creations from our little purple zig-zagged food truck. Meat Free Monday has been important to both of us personally for many years. We were excited to see so many exciting and innovative creations already so thank you to all the Meat Free Monday fans that entered the competition.

Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, Meat Free Monday is a not-for-profit campaign which aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week. Find out more and get involved at: www.meatfreemondays.com.

The Meat Free Monday team said, “MFM loved the creative ideas suggested for the new Meat Free Mondog!  We chose the Pizza Margarita Dog due to its originality, the way it would add an Italian option to the Not Dogs already quite international menu, because of its flexibility (different toppings, vegan option) and because we think pizza spicing and a veggie sausage would make a tasty combination.  The runners up – the BLT and Cheezy Mac Dog – were great too and we hope they make an appearance on the menu in the future!”

Now we’re off to the kitchen to perfect the winning Not Dog - oh and of course, come up with a unique name - Not Dogs style!

Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

60 Seconds with Katie & Jane

In one sentence, what do you do?
k. Co-founder and creator of Not Dogs

j. Co-creator of Not Dogs ‘meaty… without the meat’ - unique, meat-free fast food that’s focused on tasty, food for everyone - no labels!

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Why did you start?
k. Once the idea of reducing meat clicked and after months of research into ways to solve the problem I was fascinated by the idea of how Not Dogs could bring everyone together, in the same way the legends of McDonalds, Starbucks and Nando’s has, but without any contribution to the meat industry… just tonnes of fun, exciting and addictive fast-food! Now we are on a relentless pursuit to push the boundaries and grow Not Dogs into a brand that really is at the forefront of exciting the masses with meat-free fast-food!

j. When Katie and I started our first business (in social media) together, I’d been vegetarian for about 6 years and we simply started talking about the lack of food places where we could both go and enjoy fun, delicious food with a meat-free difference. So… we put our heads together to come up with the idea of a meat-free brand starting with testing the idea at festivals and events. We got in touch with a brand I personally love, Quorn, and asked them if they would like to collaborate with us and they did! The rest is history!

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What do you want to be known for?
k. Creating inspiring, innovative brands and products that have a fundamental and positive reason for existing.

j. Creating a brand that helps to combat climate change, makes people healthier by simply reducing their meat intake in an easy way and finally (a passion of mine) saves millions of animals around the world.

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What are you most excited to create?
k. The 1001st Not Dogs location!

j. A difference in the world; a house-hold name that has massively contributed to improving the world and everyone on it.

What are your plans for the future?
k. Not Dogs = Everywhere!

j. We could like to have a Not Dogs presence all over the world… in many fun, exciting, unique ways from restaurants to pop-ups, festivals to merchandise!

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Why do you think there has been an explosion of interest in meat-free food?
k. Slowly but surely people are opening their minds and respectable high profile people are sharing their work, research and beliefs around the meat industry, their respect for animals and their concerns around the huge impact that meat production has on climate change. This has resulted in a significant shift in people being more open-minded about going meat-free or in fact just reducing meat for health reasons or becoming more educated with documentaries such as Cowspiracy and movements such as Meat Free Monday. 

Incredible companies such as Quorn have shifted their focus into inspiring and educating people every day on how to incorporate plant-based products into their diets with nutritional benefits so that it’s accessible to the masses, not just to people who have already pledged a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, but inspiring those to consider trying a meat-reduced diet.

j. I think the shift has been that people are thinking more about their food whether that be for health, environmental or welfare reasons - everyone has they own passion. Maybe we’re all just becoming more thoughtful and thinking, ‘no I don’t want to put unnecessary processed meat in my body every day’ or ‘if I remove meat from my diet for just one day a week, that is my simple contribution to combatting climate change’ or (for me) ‘I no longer look at a chicken nugget, for example, as a food product but I think about what it is made of - an animal and just do not want to inflict suffering on them if I don’t have to’.

Not Dogs

What makes you different?
k. Not Dogs is an all-inclusive brand for everyone, no labels, lots of fun, delicious fast-food and so unbelievably good… you wouldn’t miss the meat. Actively engaging thousands of customers everyday from students to families. Making ‘meat-free’ exciting and creating magic around meat-free food is what we do so well.

j. We created Not Dogs to create great tasting food that we want to eat, that just happens to be meat-free! It’s the food that veggies and vegan miss, and that meat-eaters are starting to think more about the impact of like burgers and hotdogs. Everyone is welcome and our ultimate aim is to create an experience that leaves customers feeling happy and positive.

Not Dogs

What is your favourite item on the menu, and why?
k. The Queen B Burger - it oozes sassiness, it’s irresistible and it was created for our mums!

j. The Kickin’ Katie Nacho Dog - not only is is delicious, but it means so much to me that it’s named after my amazing business partner and I’m so proud when I tell people that.

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Kickin Katie

What has been your proudest achievement to date?
k. One moment I’ll never forget was our appearance on Dragons Den and the sigh of relief once Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones tasted their first Not Dog and loved it… we knew that regardless of how the rest of the pitch went; if all the Dragon’s enjoyed eating Not Dogs then that was a win for us and for all the customers that have supported and believed in Not Dogs.

Little moments of love for Not Dogs from customers every single day fuel us and of course our Not Dogs Crew keep us motivated to keep pushing the boundaries of possibilities - these are the proud moments that keep us ambitious and helps to keep our confidence in what we are creating.

j. Getting through the first year (nearly!) of our first restaurant. It’s taken so much hard work (we can’t even put how much into words) but we’ve done it and seeing all our fantastic customer feedback online makes it all worthwhile. I am so proud to have put something positive into the world that wasn’t there before.

Deborah Meaden

Birmingham

What makes you happiest about what you’re doing?
k. Knowing in our hearts that in creating Not Dogs and striving forward we are giving it the chance to shine a light on fast-food and elevate it to be something that can be kinder to our health, animal welfare and the world we live in. Welcoming thousands through the door each week we know that Not Dogs has the power and potential to drive this change forward across the globe.


j. Making customers happy, improving the lives of animals and showing people that meat-free food can be tastier and more interesting than meaty alternatives. It’s those that aren’t vegetarians or vegans that I personally get excited about… hearing that they choose Not Dogs over say McDonald’s makes me so so happy!

Sausage Selfie

Katie and Jane

Thursday, 5 October 2017

It’s the Bullring Student Sessions & Not Dogs are having a Mini Festival!

We're so excited about the Bullring’s popular ‘Student Sessions’ that Not Dogs are going to throw a mini festival to celebrate!



Between 4 and 10pm on Thursday 12th October, Not Dogs will take a step back in time to festival travels with…

  • 20% off the whole menu for students participating in the Student Sessions (see the Bullring's website to get your wristband!)
  • A festival ‘fancy dress’ station where you can get into the festival spirit with free metallic temporary tattoos and face make-up
  • Live DJ sets throughout the night
  • On-the-spot prizes that can be redeemed straightaway
You an also get a #SausageSelfie with giant Not Dogs and our fantastic Crew who will also be getting into the festival vibe!

See you Thursday 12th October - 4-10pm! Don't forget to RSVP at: https://www.bullring.co.uk/events/autumn-student-sessions-2017 

Sausage Selfie

Eat. Sleep. Not Dogs