Hello Kind Soup Lovers!

Panorama view from Ariane’s office

It’s already the first day of May and we’ve been hunkered down preparing to start a Soup Revolution! It’s been a while since we’ve souped together and we sure do miss spooning with you! You’ve been ever so patient and kind while we’ve been undergoing the big changes inside these brick walls behind the closed curtains. 

With Dustin’s re-designed kitchen, we’re nearly ready to have our stockpots bubbling up again right now with Evergreen’s Comfort Food; yet we all have a little longer to wait. The soup display refrigerators are trying to make their way from Texas. And we just can’t sell soup any more without somewhere COLD to put it. That pretty much sums up the delay.

By Thursday we should have a solid ETA from the South and shortly thereafter, we’ll have an ETA from the Chef on the Soup. FYI, you’ll be able to smell the familiar bouquet of simmering onions and garlic wafting across the parking lot breeze for several days in preparation; and hear me now Soup Lovers, I’ve never wanted something from Texas to arrive in Colorado so fast. =)

The soupremely cool remodel construction has been a complete success! With Dustin at the lead of his crew per usual, Rico, Hallie, Steven and several trusted friends with key skills beyond ours, have achieved an incredible new look for the inside of Da Kind Soups.

Catch small glimpses of your new soup store while you enjoy a few sneak peeks at the mess we made along the way!  We can’t wait to show you what we’ve done with the place, it’s just souper!

Stay tuned for more updates and pictures to come! See you Ladle!
~Ariane

What a Mess!

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Today’s Soups! Monday, March 13th, 2017

Happy MONDAY Soup Lovers!

18 DAYS
remaining to enjoy the Da Kind Dine-In Experience!

 

And then supported someone else’s dream too! Check out the Kickstarter for braiZed, an up and coming brick and mortar restaurant where these two chefs in Bloomington, IL are dedicated to similar values embraced by Da Kind Soups.

Why? Because we’re committed to EVERYONE’S mission that includes bringing a soul-enriching food experience with fresh ingredients in a relaxed environment with friendly kindness to all. Sound like a special place in your town? 

Join and KICKSTART the Da Kind Soups mission of bringing a souper soul enriching food experience with fresh ingredients and served with friendly kindness in Evergreen Colorado and now, across our nation! We’re stirring up our stock and like our ever changing menu, we’re changing our business too! Everything but the soup of course!

We need your Kickstarter help with our mission of More Soup for More People because the equipment and remodel needs are beyond the means of a small town soup shop. In the company of other kind people like the fellas at BraiZe, in Bloomington, IL, we look to our community that has soupported our mission in the past and seek your continued assistance!

A Souper Special Thank You! to our Kickstart Backers who have already shown their excited commitment to our transition, we’re enormously grateful for your generosity!
Please click the link below to read about our Kickstarter Campaign, watch our video and browse the souper fun rewards to find Da Kind that just right for you!

Visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/…/da…/soup-is-kindness-in-da-bag

Have a Souper Day and See you Ladle!
Dustin and Ariane

Our mission is to bring a soul-enriching food experience with fresh ingredients in a relaxed environment and friendly to all.
KICKSTARTER.COM

Today’s Soups! Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Happy SUNDAY Soup Lovers!

With 19 days left to enjoy the Da Kind Dine-In Experience, a frosty chill in the air and an incredible line up of Dustin’s soups, it’s going to be a SOUPer day!
Naturally, that is every day here at Da Kind where our soup bowls runneth over with Kindness and Healthy Eating.  We are growing, transitioning, expanding, changing, evolving and more, but don’t worry Soup Lovers, we’re definitely not clsoing.
Join us as we change from a small sit-down restaurant into a high-energy kitchen making Chef Dustin’s sensational soups available to EVERYONE.

  • Now through March 31:
    Open for business as usual! Serving our delicious hot soups, salads & sandwiches.
  • April: Renovation!
    Quick turn on kitchen and storefront remodel!
  • May:  Re-launch!
    Our one-of-Da Kind Soups will be available in Soup Bag at our Evergreen storefront, online for shipping, and for wholesale opportunities!

Read more about our transition from Soup Restaurant to Soup Kitchen below!

 

Dustin and Ariane Spreading KINDness with SOUPS – DA KIND SOUPS
(It’s based off our names! duh Da)

NUMBER ONE: The reason(s) we are making a change to our business model

At Da Kind Soups, we have treasured the journey of becoming an established gathering place of kindness while serving and feeding the Evergreen community for over nine years.

It has been a dedicated labor of love for Dustin and me to devote ourselves every week while balancing our family time raising two sons and spending time with our parents. The experience has exceeded our expectations in ways we couldn’t have imagined.

While we LOVE creating innovating and amazing soups, it’s equally challenging to maintain the training, management, and staffing demands required to consistently ensure that we are giving every customer the highest quality experience every time they visit our restaurant.

By transitioning from our small soup restaurant into an expanded soup kitchen, we will be able to focus on making soups for our Soup Loving community knowing that every element of our precious product is of the highest quality.

This conversion also allows us to make more of Chef Dustin’s incredible soups available to more people. A goal of ours as well as a common request from our customers, that we’ve been working toward for years. We are so excited to make this happen!

NUMBER TWO: Kickstarting our transition

 Our Kickstarter (an online way to “crowd-fund”) is OFF AND RUNNING!! Woohoo! We are so very thankful to our Souper Supporters who have already jumped on board to help us meet our goal. We are currently at 2% of our goal… so we have a souper long way to go, but we are optimistic as always and pumped to be working towards our big change.

As a thank you for pledging, our soupporters are able to choose from a variety of meaningful rewards, including donations of soup made to our local EChO food bank! Thank you to our Souper Soupporters!!  

NUMBER THREE: Where and How You can Help Da Kind 

Go directly to Kickstarter and make a pledge.  Please take a look: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dakindsoups/soup-is-kindness-in-da-bag
If it’s weird and doesn’t make sense, and you still want to help, if you need help understanding with the process, come on in, we’d love to sit down with you, explain everything, get you something to eat, thank you ever so kindly and then give you a t-shirt for making your pledge in the store!
The process of making this transition from our little soup shop to a custom kitchen is moving quickly. We will begin renovations in April and plan to reopen the storefront, dedicated to selling our delicious soups, exclusively in the bags, beginning again in May.

Your support of our Kickstarter will help us to meet this speedy timeline, purchase the equipment we need and enable us to continue producing our high quality food in Evergreen.
 A Souper Big Thank you to our Soupreme Soup Lovers near and far who have already pledged to our Campaign! Every contribution is enormously appreciated. Your help is invaluable and our gratitude is immense.

NUMBER FOUR: We are loyal supporters of local businesses 

We appreciate working with quality local businesses and are grateful to be part of this community! Here are just a few of the local Colorado businesses that we have worked with:

Bluepoint Bakery, Leffler Family Farms, Rising Graphics, Evergreen National Bank, American Tape and Label, Denver Syrup, Choice Image, Bluefish Studios, Mountain Lock and Key http://jptotallawncare.com/, http://www.bluepointbakery.com/, http://www.stemsaflowershop.com/, http://viviansgourmet.com/, http://www.alattemorethancoffee.com/

NUMBER FIVE: Da Kind By the Numbers….

  • Employed over 500 local workers with an average staff of 20 people.
  • Provided over 73,000 free meals to our superstar staff and their families
  • Saved our local teachers, public servers and seniors over $64,000 in discounts
  • Supported our invaluable active and retired military veterans
  • Donated $52,783.16 to local schools and non-profit organizations
  • Donated over 7 tons of soup to EChO Food Bank
  • Donated over $100,000 in gift cards to charities, events, schools, clubs, community groups and many, many kind people.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for your business. Thank you for caring. Thank you for loving soup. Thank you for supportive and kind words as we enter a new phase of Da Kind Soups. We are so grateful for every single person who has helped us along the way over the past nine years. Please consider keeping the Kindness going, and make your pledge today.

Check out our KICKSTARTER VIDEO and choose your REWARD level TODAY!

19 DAYS
remaining to enjoy the Da Kind Dine-In Experience!

Today’s Soups! Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Happy SATURDAY Soup Lovers!

With 20 days left to enjoy the Da Kind Dine-In Experience, a frosty chill in the air and an incredible line up of Dustin’s soups, it’s going to be a SOUPer day!
Naturally, that is every day here at Da Kind where our soup bowls runneth over with Kindness and Healthy Eating.  We are growing, transitioning, expanding, changing, evolving and more, but don’t worry Soup Lovers, we’re definitely not clsoing.
Join us as we change from a small sit-down restaurant into a high-energy kitchen making Chef Dustin’s sensational soups available to EVERYONE.

  • Now through March 31:
    Open for business as usual! Serving our delicious hot soups, salads & sandwiches.
  • April: Renovation!
    Quick turn on kitchen and storefront remodel!
  • May:  Re-launch!
    Our one-of-Da Kind Soups will be available in Soup Bag at our Evergreen storefront, online for shipping, and for wholesale opportunities!

Read more about our transition from Soup Restaurant to Soup Kitchen below!

 

Dustin and Ariane Spreading KINDness with SOUPS – DA KIND SOUPS
(It’s based off our names! duh Da)

NUMBER ONE: The reason(s) we are making a change to our business model

At Da Kind Soups, we have treasured the journey of becoming an established gathering place of kindness while serving and feeding the Evergreen community for over nine years.

It has been a dedicated labor of love for Dustin and me to devote ourselves every week while balancing our family time raising two sons and spending time with our parents. The experience has exceeded our expectations in ways we couldn’t have imagined.

While we LOVE creating innovating and amazing soups, it’s equally challenging to maintain the training, management, and staffing demands required to consistently ensure that we are giving every customer the highest quality experience every time they visit our restaurant.

By transitioning from our small soup restaurant into an expanded soup kitchen, we will be able to focus on making soups for our Soup Loving community knowing that every element of our precious product is of the highest quality.

This conversion also allows us to make more of Chef Dustin’s incredible soups available to more people. A goal of ours as well as a common request from our customers, that we’ve been working toward for years. We are so excited to make this happen!

NUMBER TWO: Kickstarting our transition

 Our Kickstarter (an online way to “crowd-fund”) is OFF AND RUNNING!! Woohoo! We are so very thankful to our Souper Supporters who have already jumped on board to help us meet our goal. We are currently at 2% of our goal… so we have a souper long way to go, but we are optimistic as always and pumped to be working towards our big change.

As a thank you for pledging, our soupporters are able to choose from a variety of meaningful rewards, including donations of soup made to our local EChO food bank! Thank you to our Souper Soupporters!!  

NUMBER THREE: Where and How You can Help Da Kind 

Go directly to Kickstarter and make a pledge.  Please take a look: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dakindsoups/soup-is-kindness-in-da-bag
If it’s weird and doesn’t make sense, and you still want to help, if you need help understanding with the process, come on in, we’d love to sit down with you, explain everything, get you something to eat, thank you ever so kindly and then give you a t-shirt for making your pledge in the store!
The process of making this transition from our little soup shop to a custom kitchen is moving quickly. We will begin renovations in April and plan to reopen the storefront, dedicated to selling our delicious soups, exclusively in the bags, beginning again in May.

Your support of our Kickstarter will help us to meet this speedy timeline, purchase the equipment we need and enable us to continue producing our high quality food in Evergreen.
 A Souper Big Thank you to our Soupreme Soup Lovers near and far who have already pledged to our Campaign! Every contribution is enormously appreciated. Your help is invaluable and our gratitude is immense.

NUMBER FOUR: We are loyal supporters of local businesses 

We appreciate working with quality local businesses and are grateful to be part of this community! Here are just a few of the local Colorado businesses that we have worked with:

Bluepoint Bakery, Leffler Family Farms, Rising Graphics, Evergreen National Bank, American Tape and Label, Denver Syrup, Choice Image, Bluefish Studios, Mountain Lock and Key http://jptotallawncare.com/, http://www.bluepointbakery.com/, http://www.stemsaflowershop.com/, http://viviansgourmet.com/, http://www.alattemorethancoffee.com/

NUMBER FIVE: Da Kind By the Numbers….

  • Employed over 500 local workers with an average staff of 20 people.
  • Provided over 73,000 free meals to our superstar staff and their families
  • Saved our local teachers, public servers and seniors over $64,000 in discounts
  • Supported our invaluable active and retired military veterans
  • Donated $52,783.16 to local schools and non-profit organizations
  • Donated over 7 tons of soup to EChO Food Bank
  • Donated over $100,000 in gift cards to charities, events, schools, clubs, community groups and many, many kind people.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for your business. Thank you for caring. Thank you for loving soup. Thank you for supportive and kind words as we enter a new phase of Da Kind Soups. We are so grateful for every single person who has helped us along the way over the past nine years. Please consider keeping the Kindness going, and make your pledge today.

Check out our KICKSTARTER VIDEO and choose your REWARD level TODAY!

20 DAYS
remaining to enjoy the Da Kind Dine-In Experience!

Today’s Soups! Friday, March 10th, 2017

Happy FRIDAY Soup Lovers!

 5 Things You May Not Know About Da Kind Soups

NUMBER ONE: The reason(s) we are making a change to our business model

At Da Kind Soups, we have treasured the journey of becoming an established gathering place of kindness while serving and feeding the Evergreen community for over nine years.

It has been a dedicated labor of love for Dustin and me to devote ourselves every week while balancing our family time raising two sons and spending time with our parents. The experience has exceeded our expectations in ways we couldn’t have imagined.

While we LOVE creating innovating and amazing soups, it’s equally challenging to maintain the training, management, and staffing demands required to consistently ensure that we are giving every customer the highest quality experience every time they visit our restaurant.

By transitioning from our small soup restaurant into an expanded soup kitchen, we will be able to focus on making soups for our Soup Loving community knowing that every element of our precious product is of the highest quality.

This conversion also allows us to make more of Chef Dustin’s incredible soups available to more people. A goal of ours as well as a common request from our customers, that we’ve been working toward for years. We are so excited to make this happen!

NUMBER TWO: Kickstarting our transition

 Our Kickstarter (an online way to “crowd-fund”) is OFF AND RUNNING!! Woohoo! We are so very thankful to our Souper Supporters who have already jumped on board to help us meet our goal. We are currently at 2% of our goal… so we have a souper long way to go, but we are optimistic as always and pumped to be working towards our big change.

As a thank you for pledging, our soupporters are able to choose from a variety of meaningful rewards, including donations of soup made to our local EChO food bank! Thank you to our Souper Soupporters!!  

NUMBER THREE: Where and How You can Help Da Kind 

Go directly to Kickstarter and make a pledge.  Please take a look: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dakindsoups/soup-is-kindness-in-da-bag
If it’s weird and doesn’t make sense, and you still want to help, if you need help understanding with the process, come on in, we’d love to sit down with you, explain everything, get you something to eat, thank you ever so kindly and then give you a t-shirt for making your pledge in the store!
The process of making this transition from our little soup shop to a custom kitchen is moving quickly. We will begin renovations in April and plan to reopen the storefront, dedicated to selling our delicious soups, exclusively in the bags, beginning again in May.

Your support of our Kickstarter will help us to meet this speedy timeline, purchase the equipment we need and enable us to continue producing our high quality food in Evergreen.
 A Souper Big Thank you to our awesome Soup Lovers near and far who have already pledged to our Campaign! Every contribution is enormously appreciated. Your help is invaluable and our gratitude is immense.

NUMBER FOUR: We are loyal supporters of local businesses 

We appreciate working with quality local businesses and are grateful to be part of this community! Here are just a few of the local Colorado businesses that we have worked with:

Bluepoint Bakery, Leffler Family Farms, Rising Graphics, Evergreen National Bank, American Tape and Label, Denver Syrup, Choice Image, Bluefish Studios, Mountain Lock and Key http://jptotallawncare.com/, http://www.bluepointbakery.com/, http://www.stemsaflowershop.com/, http://viviansgourmet.com/, http://www.alattemorethancoffee.com/

NUMBER FIVE: Da Kind By the Numbers….

  • Employed over 500 local workers with an average staff of 20 people.
  • Provided over 73,000 free meals to our superstar staff and their families
  • Saved our local teachers, public servers and seniors over $64,000 in discounts
  • Supported our invaluable active and retired military veterans
  • Donated $52,783.16 to local schools and non-profit organizations
  • Donated over 7 tons of soup to EChO Food Bank
  • Donated over $100,000 in gift cards to charities, events, schools, clubs, community groups and many, many kind people.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for your business. Thank you for caring. Thank you for loving soup. Thank you for supportive and kind words as we enter a new phase of Da Kind Soups. We are so grateful for every single person who has helped us along the way over the past nine years. Please consider keeping the Kindness going, and make your pledge today.

Check out our KICKSTARTER VIDEO and choose your REWARD level TODAY!

21 DAYS = 3 WEEKS
remaining to enjoy the Da Kind Dine-In Experience!

KIND
Tomato – GF *
Carrot Lentil  – GF **
Split Pea Sweet Potato – GF ** 

KINDER
**NEW SOUP!!** Red Bean Yam – GF **
Beef Chili – GF, DF, 5/10
Carrot Basil – GF * 

KINDEST
Pork Green Chili – DF 7/10
Sun-dried Tomato Chick Pea – GF *
Chicken Chili – GF, DF 7/10
Toasted Cumin – GF *
Clam Chowder


~LEGEND~
Vegetarian – *

Vegan – **
Gluten-free – GF
Dairy-free – DF
Spicy – /10

Today’s Soups! Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Happy THURSDAY Soup Lovers!

 22 DAYS
to enjoy the Da Kind Dine-In Experience!

Thank you ever so kindly…
Da Kind Soups is deeply honored to be nominated for the Ethics in Business Award by our local Evergreen Rotary Club.  This award is presented annually to a business that best exemplifies the Rotary Four-Way Test of truth, fairness, goodwill and a benefit to all. 
With a motto of “Service Above Self”, chances are you already know a Rotarian or perhaps are one yourself.  Visit their website and read more below about all the benefits Rotary brings to our community and International World beyond!
Rotary is made up of three parts.  At the heart of Rotary are our clubs which are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.  The Rotary Club of Evergreen is one of over 34,000 clubs worldwide with more than 1.2 million members.
Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.
The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation’s funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.  In addition to The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of Evergreen has its own foundation, The Evergreen Rotary Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 organization.
Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.

 

Check out our KICKSTARTER VIDEO and choose your REWARD level TODAY!

Souper special side note: All answers to in-store trivia giveaways are on the website!

KIND
Tomato – GF *
Carrot Curried Potato  – GF **
Split Pea Sweet Potato – GF ** 

KINDER
Beef Chili – GF, DF, 5/10
Ginger Dahl – GF ** 2/10
Broccoli Yellow Curry – GF * 2/10

KINDEST
Red Beans & Rice – GF, DF 8/10
Sun-dried Tomato Chick Pea – GF *
Potato Vegetable – GF *
Ham & Bean – GF, DF


~LEGEND~
Vegetarian – *

Vegan – **
Gluten-free – GF
Dairy-free – DF
Spicy – /10

Today’s Soups! Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Happy WEDNESDAY Soup Lovers!

ONLY 23 DAYS
left to enjoy Da Kind Sandwiches and Salads!
the Countdown in on!

 Kickstart Your Lunchtime!!
A Souper Big Thank you to our awesome Soup Lovers near and far that have already pledged to our Campaign!  
Come join every day this week for soupremely special lunches at Da Kind!

Kickstarter is an online crowd-funding platform, designed to help Creators, like us, achieve their goals in a non-traditional format with the help of Backers, like you!
Come in from 11a – 2p for Daily Drawings!  Lunchtime giveaways!
We designed our Kickstarter Campaign to help assist with the financial needs surrounding our transformation.  In return for a pledge from our Backers, we’ve designed some souper rewards levels that are unique and meaningful.  We’d love to ship soup to you and your loved ones, donate soup in your name, and even cook together here in the Da Kind Kitchen or over at your place!  Let’s make beautiful food together!
Please take a minute to watch our video (stick around for the bloopers at the end!), read our story and consider how you could join the moment for World Soup Domination!
Free Da Kind Soups t-shirt for every Kickstarter pledge made in-store!
Thank you kindly and have a SOUPer day!

Souper special side note: All answers to in-store trivia giveaways are on the website!