We started in March 2008 with organic vegetable juice, soups from scratch, spinach salad, and sandwiches – including the Cherokee with roasted turkey and roasted green chiles. We began with only three tables and six chairs.
The restaurant’s name was pulled from a recipe given to us by Kate R., her favorite juice recipe; parsley, carrots, celery, spinach, and kale. We call this recipe, Kate’s Kiss.
Kim K. would later craft a juice recipe like no other; creamy ginger, lemony, and very green; Kim’s Legacy.
We believe organic vegetables are the essence of food. We have a strong veggie attitude. Most of our produce is organic. Overall, we’re 60+ percent organic and working to improve this measurement.
Although local food in Colorado is growing; it’s far from sufficient for the vast majority of diets. Colorado is a semi-arid environment with pine trees to reflect the color green for about five months out of each year. The big-picture local movement began in the gardens of Eden found in California. We at Parsley consider California to be local and we support the Mexicans, and other peoples of the Earth. We consider every person to be local.
We buy from more than 40 vendors; including king soopers, safeway, and whole foods. We buy rishi brand tea – organic and fair-trade. We buy miso and sesame seeds from Pacific Mercantile. Most of our produce is bought from Growers Organics – a highly respected local distributor here in Denver. We buy from costco and sam’s club to save money – efficiency is always a factor in every business.
We buy from farmer’s markets too; we want the local farmer to succeed; it’s crazy to ship so much food and water all around the planet. In Spring, Summer, and Fall, we cut herbs from our roof-top garden, fresh within minutes and with zero trucking.
Although recycling and composting will never replace downsizing and simplicity; we recycle and compost with Alpine. There’s nothing green about most of the green talk. There’s nothing green about a second home in the Vail Valley made from recycled material. There’s nothing green about a golf-course; we destroy sacred space when we build golf courses along mountain valley rivers, along the seacoast, in the deserts, etc. Yoga creates sacred space.
Most buy-local organizing appears to be economic. Just more of the same; it’s all about the money and it’s all about Me. Promoting local this and that regardless of sense or reasoning is just another from of self-serving nonsense.
We don’t believe in promotional deals, nor do we believe in pasting our logo on everything in sight. Nothing is free and everything has a cost to it. Advertising is generally self-serving nonsense. Nonsense! Most advertising is just promotional bullshit aimed to separate the fool from his money.
YOU, the consumer, pay for all that advertising junk. There are no free rewards, it’s all fake. YOU pay for it. Like ever increasing bank fees, YOU the consumer pay for it, every bit of it.
The City of Denver, in order to build their empire, would also like to separate human souls from their money. So would comcast, (fill-in large corporation here), etc. So-called “public” corporations in search of nothing but money are going to run their course and die off – sooner or later.
And when the City of Denver allows for cable companies to charge monopolistic fees and financially hinder the internet’s accessibility to a very large percentage of the general population – this is corporate welfare. Corporate welfare is always upside down and morally wrong.
We believe food service to be an honor! Thank you to our amazing customer base – independent, intelligent, caring souls.
And lastly, we believe in peace and good will towards man! Love is the answer, and we know that for sure.
Peace to all,
Open 11–5 pm, seven days
Delivery available on orders of $100 or more
Parsley is located on 11th and Cherokee
303 W. 11th Ave. Denver, CO 80204