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Green Cash Mob: The Parlor and Gertrude’s


Green cash mobs highlight businesses that are doing their part to be environmentally conscious. Your job is to support them by purchasing their goods & services, sending them a note of thanks and/or giving them a follow on social media.

Arizona’s best culinary talent convened at the Desert Botanical Garden last month for the Devour Culinary Classic. Besides showing off their culinary chops, many restaurants and chefs exhibited their attention to environmental sustainability which proved extra challenging for Gina Murphy-Darling, the judge of the brand new Excellence in Sustainability Award. The two restaurants that claimed the award are our Green Cash mob honorees this month:

The Parlor Pizzeria

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The Parlor’s own name is a homage to the building it is in, an old hair parlor that created cutting edge hairstyles in the 1960s and 70s. Not only did the owners repurpose a building, but they took materials from the building and from other restaurant spaces to create the decorum and furniture. They create seasonal wood fired pizzas with ingredients from their onsite gardens and make their bread, pasta and pastries on a daily basis. By repurposing a space, finding new life for items headed to the landfill, sourcing locally and seasonally, the Parlor is pushing sustainability further in the Valley of the Sun. If this alone is not enough to get you to taste test some of their delicious pizza this month, Food Network voted the Parlor as the number one pizza stop in Arizona.

Located at 1916 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Open Mon - Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Gertrude’s 

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Gertrude’s name pays homage to an environmentalist far ahead of her time who founded the Desert Botanical Gardens, Gertrude Divine Webster. Gertrude’s is focused on locally grown, sustainable, naturally raised, organic products, with many of their herbs coming straight out of the patio where guests dine. They pay attention to their waste stream, and compost food scraps and anything left over from guests. If their waste diversion, local procurement strategies and home-grown herbs are not enough to get you out, they are also located in the middle of the Desert Botanical Gardens, a Phoenix Point of Pride.

Located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Open Mon - Fri 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat & Sun 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.