Holy Cow!

Portland is known for utilizing fresh ingredients, sourcing food locally, and bringing the farm to the table. However, nobody brings the farm to the table as well as us. Urban Farmer partnered with Scot Laney and Eat Oregon First to bring something new to the table this September. You may know Scot Laney, the infamous producer at Basque Ranch who sources Cascade Red beef, the first new cattle breed in the US in nearly 50 years. Chef Matt partnered with him for Cascade Red and has now partnered exclusively with him for Oregon Classic Beef, which is very limited; so much in fact, that we were only able to get half a cow.

Laney Family Farms Beef is pasture raised, then 120 day corn fed. In true Urban Farmer style, Chef Matt utilized every inch of the cow, boasting beautiful tomahawk rib chops, among other cuts, which sold out in the course of a single weekend.

So who IS cooking at IFBC tonight? Matt Christianson is!

Matt Christianson likes working with his hands, hanging out with his sons and, of course, cooking. He is the Executive at Urban Farmer—downtown Portland’s modern steakhouse in downtown—and he’s proud to participate in the Taste of Oregon and Gourmet Fair, an exclusive International Food Bloggers Conference tasting session put on by the online culinary encyclopedia, Foodista.com, and by Zephyr Adventures, trip planners for the nation’s intrepid travelers, hikers, bikers, inline skaters and eaters.

But what’s he like, really? Meaning who is he and what inspires him?

Read on to find out.


What is your favorite ingredient? Flour.

If you were to make a bumper sticker, what would it say? “REALLY?!”

Beatles or Stones? Beatles.

What is your favorite Portland food truck? The Brunch Box.

Automobile, bike, bus or foot? Car.

Which genre of music would score your life, and why? Bluegrass, reggae and rock.

What is your secret talent? Juggling.

What do you put on hotdogs? Ketchup. That’s it.

On his IFBC menu: gluten-free Summer Tomato Gazpacho (seasoned with lime salt and with shrimp) and House Bacon with Maque Choux (a sort of Cajun summer salad comprised of corn, green peppers, onions and tomatoes), all drizzled with a bourbon caramel sauce

The Taste of Oregon and Gourmet Fair takes place from 7-9pm on Friday, August 24, at the Portland DoubleTree.

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Chef Matt to Cook at Taste of Oregon and Gourmet Fair for IFBC

Matt Christianson‘s love of food has made a traveling man out of him. He studied old world and modern cooking techniques in New York, learned about Middle America’s comfort foods during stints in Midwest kitchens, picked up the ranchero diet in the mountains of Colorado and honed his skills by embracing the Bay Area’s farm-to-table ethos.

Now, Matt has finally found a home where he can stretch out, grow and truly express himself. As the Executive Chef at Urban Farmer, a modern Steakhouse in downtown Portland, Matt stirs his experiences together in a city known for its gastronomic creativity.

Soon, you’ll have the chance to see—and taste—just what Matt’s brain has been cooking up.

That’s because Matt’s manning Urban Farmer’s booth at the fourth International Food Bloggers Conference, an annual symposium jointly put on by the peerless online culinary encyclopedia, Foodista.com, and by Zephyr Adventures, trip planners for the nation’s intrepid travelers, hikers, bikers, inline skaters and eaters.

Matt says he is especially excited to be partnering with the IFBC for its Taste of Oregon and Gourmet Fair, an exclusive opening-night gala, where he and his team will be on-hand to hand out samples of signature bites to—and answer questions proposed by—hundreds of food bloggers and publishers from across the globe.

The Taste of Oregon and Gourmet Fair takes place from 7-9pm on Friday, August 24, at the Portland DoubleTree.

Swing by Urban Farmer’s booth and sample Matt’s gluten-free Summer Tomato Gazpacho (seasoned with lime salt and baby shrimp) before having at his pork-centric House Bacon with Maque Choux (a Cajun summer salad comprised of corn, green peppers, onions and tomatoes), which he’ll drizzle with a bourbon caramel sauce.

Matt also points out that Urban Farmer’s Twitter handle will be posted on-site, so that all of you writers out there can sample his food and tell the world what you think as it happens.

See you there!

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Urban Farmer Goes Wild, BBQ Style with Burnside Brewery

Just in time for the upcoming Oregon Beer Month, Chefs Matt Christian and Ryan Sturmer threw a party this past Saturday to celebrate one of their favorite pairings – Beer and Barbecue.  Collaborating with brewmaster Jason McAdam of Burnside Brewing Company, the chefs created a unique barbecue plate to perfectly pair with each of Burnside’s six most unique brews.  The Georgian Room was transformed for a down home feel complete with red and white table cloths, sunflowers and plenty of paper towels ready for guests who were licking their lips.  Matt and Ryan wanted a casual backyard feel, so we scrapped the formal coursed dinner for a party atmosphere complete with food stations and rock-n-roll music.  The beer was flowing, and the barbecue was not to be missed including Smoked Chicken Thigh Bits with Berliner Wise, the amazing Beef Ribs and watermelon paired with Oatmeal Pale Ale, and the Wagyu Brisket with corn casserole paired with the Burnside Meridian Rye.  Thanks to the Burnside crew who came out to represent and be merry with the guests.  Happy Beer Month Oregon!

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Urban Farmer Launches New Spring Happy Hour Menu!

Spring is here and so is our new happy hour menu!

Chef Matt has created nearly a dozen new food items to go along with some of our classic favorites!

Our new Happy Hour Menu launches today, Tuesday, March 20th starting at 3pm. Join us and tell us what you think!

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This year’s brunch service will include nine interactive food stations including one where eggs benedict and waffles are made to order. Other stations include an organic egg omelette station, an “untraditional” deviled egg station, dessert station and the Urban Farmer grill and charcuterie station.
 Urban Farmer’s signature Bloody Mary Bar will offer special a la carte selections on Easter Sunday — guests will have their choice of red or yellow gazpacho Bloody Mary’s, and a wide range of garnishes.Younger guests will be delighted by the “Little Ones” buffet, which will be configured to a kid-friendly height for ease of serving. At this special buffet, small guests will be treated to childhood favorites such as a selection of sandwiches and chicken fingers, as well as Easter eggs, jelly beans and brownies.
Menu Price: $49 per person, $19 for children 10 and under. Children under 4 are free.

Sliced Tropical Fruits and Berries
Tahitian Vanilla Yogurt Parfait with Berries, House Made Granola and Biscotti
Citrus Cured Smoked Salmon with Traditional Condiments
Assorted Breakfast Breads, Danish & Muffins

Mini French Toast, banana, Hazelnut, Rum Raisins
Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, Fennel Pork Sausage
Crispy Hash Browns
Country Ham Eggs Benedict
Asparagus Eggs Benedict
Chicken Apple Scrapple, Maple onions, Thyme

Confit Duck, Wheat Berry Salad, Spring Stone Fruit
Roasted Beets, Fingerling Potato, Arugula, Malt Vinaigrette
Spring Pea Salad, Radish, Shallot and Citrus Vinaigrette
Spring Garlic Soup, Pecorino and truffle

Traditional, Candied Bacon, Espelette
Tuna Tartar, Black Olive, Pine nuts
Smoked Trout, Dill Crunch
Wild mushroom and Melted Leek

Roasted Oregon Lambcetta, Pickled Peppers
Painted Hills BBQ Beef Brisket
Parker House Rolls

Organic Farm Eggs, Cooked To Order
Mushroom Ragout, Grilled Asparagus,
Charred Spring Onion, Baby Spinach
Aged White Cheddar, Goat Cheese,
Tails & Trotters Farms Ham,
Nueskes Smoked Bacon
Gulf Prawns

House Charcuterie Sliced to Order
Assorted Cheese and Accompaniments

Crunchy Butterscotch Eclair
Rose and Lavender French Macaroons
Carrot Pecan Cake
Chocolate Hazelnut Dacquoise
Caramel Pear Trifle
Meyer Lemon Crème Brulee
Dark Chocolate Kumquat Tart
Honey Apricot Frangipan Tart
Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake

Chicken Fingers and Fries
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Macaroni and Cheese
Easter Eggs and Jelly Beans
Brownies and CookiesSee More

Urban Farmer Hosts PDX Jazz Festival Artists

Urban Farmer, downtown Portland’s Steakhouse, participated in the Portland Jazz Festival on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th, hosting two unique and spectacular jazz talents during the city’s largest Jazz Festival. On Friday, guests dined on farm to table fare while being treated to the smooth song stylings of singer Kelley Shannon, guitarist Dan Duval and bassist Glen Moore as they occupied Urban Farmer’s atrium Lobby. Saturday continued the weekend of eclectic sounds when singer Nancy Curtain, guitarist John Keyser and bassist Tom Gilson swept their talents through Saturday’s dinner crowd.



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Scott Watson Presents: Morgan’s Mutiny!

This past December, Urban Farmer’s bartender Scott Watson competed and won the “On Deck with the Captain” Challenge where his new rum creation won first prize against other local Portland bartenders.  Next time you come into see Scott, ask for  “Morgan’s Mutiny” .  When you are at home, you can make this captain creation to enjoy!

Morgan’s Mutiny

2 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

1 oz Applejack

1 oz cinnamon syrup

½ oz lime juice

¼ oz simple syrup

½ oz of egg whites

for garnish – dash of bitters



Combine all ingredients in empty shaker and give a good shake to froth the egg whites.  Then add ice and give a good shake again.  Strain into chilled martini glass and finish with a dash of bitters.  Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Urban Farmer Desserts Deck The Halls!


 Urban Farmer decked their halls and celebrated the holiday season with delicious desserts from Pastry Chef Sean Sasser. With the holiday spirit as his muse, Sean and his team created mouthwatering miniature desserts aplenty, as well as a handful of one of a kind, final courses that had us and our guests wishing the holiday season could last year round.


Chef Sean Sasser’s Holiday Offerings at Urban Farmer:

Gingerbread Brown Butter Cake, poached pear, honey chestnut ice cream

 Rustic Apple Galette, almond nougatine, spiced caramel cream, green apple sorbet

Chocolate Sticky Toffee Pudding, cranberry fig compote, blood orange sorbet

Cinnamon Creme Brulee , pomegranate, creme fraiche, green apple sorbet

 Caraibe Chocolate Tart, cocoa nib nougatine, malted vanilla ice cream

Almond Pear Pithivier, blood orange sorbet, caramel, almond cream

 Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding, malted vanilla sauce, coffee ice cream

Ginger Pear Cobblers

Chocolate Peppermint Cake

Cinnamon Crème Brulee

Pumpkin Walnut Cheesecake

Caramel Pot de Cremes

Holiday Sugar and Gingerbread Cookies


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Wagyu Beef is HERE!

Beginning November 28th, Urban Farmer is featuring 100% pure Wagyu Beef raised here in Oregon at LDR Ranch. Chef Matt Christianson has been involved in the full process of the cow being raised locally for the specific use in our restaurant.  The local rancher raises only 4 cows a year, and we are the first restaurant to purchase a whole animal from him.    Unlike other Wagyu beef enjoyed in many restaurant in this country, this will be 100% pure Wagyu and aged 21 days.  After receiving the bull in 4 pieces, Chef Matt and team began to break down the entire animal with specific cuts and utilizing the offal for other dishes in the restaurant.  In addition to some photos of Chef Matt with “Colin” and Bob, you can see General Manager of Food and Beverage David Marsh pitching in to butcher Colin as well. 

Chef Matt began a relationship with local rancher Robert La De Route back in the Spring when we purchased half a cow from him and sold out the menu in 5 days in April.  This is when Matt arranged the purchase of “Colin” – number 61.  Bob takes great care in raising only 4 bulls at a time and grows some of the food he feeds the animals on his own land, thus creating an amazing single source, locally raised product for Urban Farmer.  The many different menu items of Wagyu will be available while supplies last, and we are looking to purchase another bull early 2012.

Urban Farmer Celebrates Fall With New Menu Items


There’s nothing like a Portland Autumn. The leaves turn golden yellow, the evenings become brisk, and foodies’ appetites prepare themselves for warm, hearty and fulfilling indulgences. So is the case at Urban Farmer. In celebration of all things cozy and comforting, Chef Matt Christianson has created decadent bites for our Private Events hors d’oeuvres menu which he showcased on FOX 12 with Stephanie Kravelich from our Library.  Check out Chef Matt with Stephanie here:


Just in time for the cooler weather, our Urban Farmer bartenders have crafted seasonal cocktails that are perfect for imbibing while embracing the season’s change. The well-paired creations epitomize Urban Farmer’s stance for supporting locally sourced purveyors by utilizing the freshest seasonal ingredients directly from the source.

New Hors d’Oeuvres:

Roasted Fig, blue cheese, hazelnut

Celery Heart Salad, fromage blanc, orange

Roasted Beets, orange preserves, goat cheese, grilled bread

Deviled Eggs, dill crunch

Grilled Potato, fennel sausage, pear butter

Honey Glazed Acorn Squash, spiced cashew

Pecorino Cheese Puffs, spiced butternut aioli

Grilled Hawaiian Blue Prawns, celery root remoulade

Crab Puffs, louie dressing

Seared Scallop, coriander pesto

Roasted Turkey Slider, open faced, cranberry mayonnaise


New Barman’s Cocktails:

Lavish Russian
Lavishmint, Kahlua, Baileys, Cinnamon, Whisky Barrel Bitters

Sugar Plum Fairy
Vodka, Plum Pureé, Navan, Powdered Sugar

The Flying Dutchman
Captain Morgan, Amaretto, Grand Marnier, Cinnamon Syrup, Cream

Winter Break
Deco Ginger, Pineapple, Lemon, Cardamom & Maple Serum

The Big Deal
Bombay Dry, Sweet & Dry Vermouth, Averna, Orange Bitters

Winter Manhattan
Old Forester Signature, Fernet, Antica Formula

Huntsman’s Toddy 
Black Grouse, Cider, Lemon

The Bonnie Shrub 
Drambuie, Weller 107, Chartreuse, Seasonal Shrub, Rosemary

Last Fall
Clear Creek Apple Brandy, Grand Marnier, Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey

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Chef Matt Christianson and Urban Farmer took a field trip up to Welches, Oregon this September to participate in the 11th annual Wild About Game cook-off, a meat-lover’s dream come true, sponsored by local purveyor Nicky USA. The event took place on Sunday, September 18, 2011 with some of Oregon’s most influential culinary talent.

The premise was simple: chef against chef in an all-star lineup to see who can create the most delicious and creative dish with Nicky USA sourced game birds and meats from local family farms and ranches. To add to the challenge, the event was formulated with an exciting Iron Chef style black box competition with each chef blind to the type of ingredients they used in the cook-off.

Participants this year included: Beaker + Flask, Beast, Gilt Club, Heathman Bar and Restaurant, Little Bird, Metrovino, Olivar, Resort at the Mountain, Timberline Lodge, and Urban Farmer.

Chef Matt, a third year contender, created Quail Schnitzel, with mustard spatzle, and huckleberry, and was accompanied by Senior Sous Chef Ryan Sturmer of Urban Farmer. His dish tied for 3rd place, while Beast was 2nd and Metrovino claimed the top prize.