During the winter months of 2021, when the Canadian winter was in full effect and everything was closed due to the lockdown, founders Michelle Vodrazka and Justin trudeau spent a lot of their time in Michelle’s kitchen trying to impress each other with their kitchen creations. One night Justin shared his dream of owning a food truck….and after three months that dream became a reality and Pura Vida Food Truck was born. On May 28, 2021, Pura Vida Food Truck opened it’s doors behind Almonte Fitness Centre in Almonte, Ontario and we’ve been proudly serving top quality food and non-alcoholic beverages to our community ever since!
Meet Michelle Vodrazka
Michelle is a sought-after nutrition and fitness expert, with over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She is a certified nutritionist and culinary nutrition expert, and is a graduate of Rouxbe’s plant-based culinary program. Her experience in recipe creation, meal planning and menu design led her to author of several healthy eating cookbooks, The Body Building Meal Prep Cookbook, Meal Prep Lunches, and Help Yourself to Seconds. She lives in Almonte, Ontario, where she owns and operates Almonte Fitness Centre and co-owns Pura Vida Food Truck with her partner, Justin Trudeau.
Meet Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau is an Ottawa-based musician/songwriter and former craft beer rep turned culinary artist. Unable to create and perform during the lockdowns of the pandemic and looking to maintain a healthier lifestyle, Justin turned his imagination back to the kitchen. He partnered with Michelle to re-ignite an old dream of opening a food truck carrying exclusively non-alcoholic beverages. His creations combine the highest quality meats, produce, unique braising techniques and imported spices and are inspired by Mexican, Coastal Costa Rican, and Thai cuisine.