Here at Urban Farmer we’re excited to celebrate one of Oregon’s favorite seasons—Dungeness crab season. This January, we are offering an exclusive 5-course tasting menu available for the entire month right alongside our regular menu.
The 5-course Crab Menu will feature Chef Matt Christianson’s signature use of sustainable ingredients and straightforward preparations to showcase the bounty of the Oregon coast’s Dungeness crab. The tasting menu will cost $75 and includes:
Crab Salad, Hearts of Palm
Crab Bisque, Truffle
Crab Cake, Tasso Ham
Crab Risotto, Meyer Lemon
Dry Aged New York Strip Streak topped with Crab Hollandaise
Also be on the lookout for exciting specials such as the crab stuffing stuffed crab we’re currently offering!
Chef Matt and his team are constantly on the lookout for higher quality meat. Farm visits, cattle comparisons and, yes, tastings are an important part of their job. As such, our cooks are not only experts at preparing food and choosing quality ingredients but at knowing what it takes to foster a healthy animal’s growth as well as the sustainability of the industry. Because of this it’s always an exciting day in the kitchen when a new animal comes in from a new rancher. This happened recently when we received a rare 100% Wagyu raised by a local. Wagyu cattle, infamously massaged and fed beer in the Kobe region of Japan, are now common in the US but breeding and import laws make it very difficult to find a pure bred. Here at Urban Farmer we’re always experimenting with various levels of cross breeds but Chef Matt can count on one hand how many times he’s gotten to butcher a specimen like this. The marbling is unprecedented as well as the tenderness and flavor. Not only does this amount to better tasting steak, but it allows us to offer cuts of beef that are usually too tough to eat medium rare. Instead of having to relegate shank meat to be braised or ground, we’re serving a perfectly marbled cut that has a texture unlike anything we’ve ever tasted! Since discovering this rancher and his extraordinary cattle, we’re excited to consistently offer this beef on our menu.
We’re incredibly happy to finally unveil a project we’ve been working on this fall. With summer ending and the monotonous gray days rapidly approaching we thought it would be fun to engage our guests outside of the hotel. Since a lot of us are avid gamers (there’s a two player arcade table in our cafeteria) we made our own video game! Shadowvision
, a local design company, helped turn our dream into reality.
Taking one of our scrumptious English muffins and pitting him against our cooks was the inspiration. Archduke Muffington, as he’s been named, takes a cue from Pac-man as the player guides him through the maze, eating poached eggs and whatever tasty treats the chefs drop. Just don’t let the chefs catch him or he’ll be turned into a benedict! The game is silly and fun but challenging, a reflection of what it’s like working in Chef Matt’s kitchen.
But wait! We didn’t just want to make a game for people to enjoy playing, we wanted to make a game that people want to win! Therefore, every Friday through the month of November we’re going to give the highest score brunch for two! No fine print here, just delicious steak and eggs and, of course, benedicts waiting for the person who can guide Archduke Muffington to the biggest brunch possible. Well, what’re you waiting for? It’s Brunch Time!