Mile High Life

City could be Mayberry on the Platte


The City of Denver could become "one big farmers' market" after the city council recently approved an ordinance that allows Denver residents to sell from their homes fresh produce they have grown themselves and cottage foods such as jams and honey they have made in their home kitchens.

"Denver has always been known as a city that appreciates 'farm-to-table' and using fresh produce and locally sourced foods, but this new law creates a whole new level of urban farming that will allow the city to become one big farmers' market," said Richard Scharf, president and CEO of Visit Denver.

Under the new ordinance, Denver residents will have to purchase a permit, but then will be able to sell from their home raw and uncut fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that were grown by the seller either on-site or in a community garden.

They will also be able to sell whole eggs produced by chickens or ducks kept by the seller at home, or "cottage foods," which are low-risk, unrefrigerated food products made on-site such as spices, teas, honey, jams and certain baked goods. People can sell from inside or outside their home from 8 a.m. to dusk and can sell up to $5,000 of goods a year.

For more information, including how to secure a permit, a list of permissible cottage foods and tips for your home garden, visit The sale of marijuana or marijuana-infused products is not allowed.

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East Colfax eatery opens

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, a refined casual American grill with a global influence, opened recently in Denver's East Colfax neighborhood at 4990 E. Colfax. The fast-casual concept combines quick service for a casual market that strives to serve the freshest ingredients with the highest standards and inventive techniques.

Customers can enjoy a quick healthy and local lunch or dinner to go, and also a comfortable space for patrons to linger for a tap beer or a pour of keg wine.

Owner and executive chef Clint Wangsnes (former top toque at Zengo) brings a diverse blend of his coastal trainings in Florida, California, Oregon and Hawaii, combined with Asian and Mexican influences from nearly a decade with famed chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval.

"Chop Shop has been a true labor of love and the result of an idea I had three years ago after my daughter Luella was born," Wangsnes said. "The addition of my son helped propel the need for seriously good protein and sides of a high-end steakhouse, but in a relaxed and price-appropriate manner."

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., and remains open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Online ordering and takeout are available.

For more information, visit:; Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery on Facebook; @CoChopShop on Twitter; or call 720-550-7665.

Free concerts downtown

Arts Brookfield launched its free outdoor concert series, Summer on the Plaza, from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 23, and the series continues on the 1801 California plaza through Aug. 13. The series features rising stars of Denver's music scene along with happy-hour specials at Guard and Grace, adjacent to the plaza.

The following musicians are scheduled to perform at the remaining three shows:

● July 30 - Ark Life with Patrick Dethlefs

Aug. 6 - SHEL

● Aug. 13 - Megan Burtt

For more information on the concert series, visit or follow Arts Brookfield on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@ArtsBrookfield), YouTube, Pinterest, or Vine. Follow the hashtag #ArtsBrookfield for photos and tweets about Summer on the Plaza.


Eavesdropping on a woman: "A couple walked in with those T-shirts that say, 'I'm With Him/I'm With Her.' I tell my ex-hubby, 'Maybe we'd still be married if we wore those shirts.' He said we were too mature for that."

Penny Parker's "Mile High Life" column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.



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