Meet Laurent

Owner and Founder

Thank you for stopping by here on your way to your next adventure!

Laurent Empereur, was born and raised in the French Alps in a small town called Bourg-Saint-Maurice. By the age of 13 he enlisted in cooking school and spent the next seven years learning the craft at school, and in various high-end restaurants and hotels in France.

Over the past 25 years Laurent has honed his skills working in Michelin stars restaurants, castles in the UK, and farm to table establishments, starting at Peter Hoffman's Savoy Restaurant in Soho, NYC, in 2001.

His love for food and cooking came into play in 2017 when he started thinking about hiking the Appalachian trail and reconnecting with the Great Outdoors. After researching what people ate on long distance hiking trips it became clear to him that his only option was bringing his own food. A little more research naturally brought him to dehydration so, he bought a dehydrator and got to work.


A canoeing trip in the Adirondack, NY started it all. A perfect excuse to try out the first meals made using this new technique.

-French Lentil Stew with Kale

-Beefy Mac&Cheese

-Tuscan Kale White Bean Stew

Appalachian Trail

With a little bit more experience with dehydrating under his belt, it was time to ramp things up for the big hike.

Beefy Mac&Cheese

Ready to be packaged
first meals

White Bean Stew

about to be dehydrated

Roasting Butternut Squash

for risotto

~120 Meals for the hike

With 16 different kinds. Diversity is key!

Good food

Will keep you going and smiling!

Our goals

Whether you're long distance hiking, on a backpacking trip, a climbing expedition, bike touring, car camping or sailing across the ocean, we believe good food and the Great Outdoors don't have to be two separate things. We strive to make the best tasting meals out there and want to instill a more fun and loving approach towards eating in the backcountry. Make it a part of your day and use a pot to rehydrate those meals instead of eating out of the bag. There's someting about it! The sense that you're actually "cooking" dinner or maybe it's just comforting.

In the future we want to set up a shop where we would sell in bulk right here in Denver, CO. Think of it as your backcountry adventures "grocery store". We're gonna be working on providing bulk options online as well. We owe it to ourselves and to the preservation of all the beautiful land that we get to enjoy.


Dehydrated Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Onions Risotto.

let's keep

these places beautiful!

Pack it in, pack it out.