MHLV 09: Marilyn Megenity | Mercury Cafe

Organic food is your birthright. – Marilyn Megenity

Marilyn Megenity has run Mercury Cafe for 40 years. She’s been committed to local, organic food long before it became fashionable. Mercury Cafe boasts around 90% local products on their menu and beyond food, provides a joyous gathering place for art and poetry, much as you’d expect for a cafe named for the Magician in a Tarot deck.

Marilyn combines her calming faith with a love for chaos when she comes to play at work, every day, “serving organic Colorado cuisine.”


  • How she started her first cooking job at the tender age of 4
  • What the dining public isn’t ready to go without
  • How she tries to meet diner’s year-round expectations for fruit
  • Why she thrives on the joyful chaos of a seasonal menu
  • How and why she decides between local suppliers and organic suppliers
  • Why good wool means tasty lamb
  • What foods define Colorado cuisine from the rest of the country
  • Why you can not only educate diners but be educated by them
  • How faith conquers the fears that might keep an accountant up at night
  • Why she loves cooking for people who know how to eat



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