Family, Friends & Food -
Nothing means more. These are the things that sustain us, that make us feel whole. There is nothing that gives us greater pleasure than serving good food to and with our friends and family.
Verde Cocina was born from the need to make healthy food accessible and delicious. We started out creating fresh, packaged foods for health programs, and then for OHSU and other retailers, which we still do. Now, our joy is bringing the best of the Northwest's bounty to you, our friends, with fresh Mexican flair, through the incredible venue of Portland Metro's amazing farmers markets and now our own cafés in Hillsdale, the Pearl District and Sylvan Highlands.
Chef Noé Garnica is from Guanajuato, Mexico, where he grew up farming, making a sustainable living for his very large family (11 brothers and sisters!). His wife Anna grew up in a small town in rural California, where agriculture was a way of life, and meandering through orange groves was a common childhood pastime. Noé and Anna met while working in a restaurant in the Monterey Bay area of California.
In 2008, opportunity met something close to preparedness and we started our business on a wing and a prayer, while Anna was pregnant with our third child in the midst of one of the world's worst recessions. Years later, with the help of two of Noé's brothers, Jose and Don, we're still here -- which is something to say. We're proud of our accomplishments, and happy to be working in the most beautiful part of the world.
Why "Verde Cocina?"
Shouldn't it be Cocina Verde? What's with the grammatically incorrect name?
Thank you for noticing!
The reason for the deliberately incorrect grammar is that we wanted the "Verde" to be predominant whenever someone thinks of us. And we wanted to avoid the generic "La" -- which, if we were to be completely correct, would come before "Cocina Verde." Basically, "La Cocina Verde" would have put us in alphabetic order with half the other Mexican restaurants in town! We wanted to be different, and we wanted to be "Verde."
So...Verde Cocina -- it works for us!