Swelling with pride and but with heavy hearts the Urban Farmer Portland family prepares to send Chef Chris Starkus Denver, CO bound to assume the role of Executive Chef at Urban Farmer’s fourth location.
Joining the Sage Restaurant Group team in 2013, Chef Starkus has instituted initiatives that exemplify Urban Farmer’s commitment to sustainability and community. A culinary library open to all, an externship program for the future generation of culinarians, a partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, a thriving rooftop apiary and rooftop garden from which both Urban Farmer & Departure PDX reap the bounty.
We’ll be keeping tabs on our beloved Starkus family as the radiant Diana, chess ace Harper and intrepid amphibian advocate Hazel forge their new #Starkushomestead seed saving, truffle hunting, mushroom foraging, chicken coop tending and exploring Denver.
We’re proud to announce that our Chef de Cuisine, Chris Starkus, will be representing us in Tokyo later this fall. He joins one time competitor and frequent collaborator, The Side Yard Farm’s Stacey Givens, and local artisans on a trip to showcase Portland’s DIY mentality. They’ll be cooking at a new farmer’s market and exploring the bourgeoning urban farm scene. Chef Starkus will bring his culinary expertise along with the gardening and beekeeping skills he’s developed on our roof and in his own homestead. We can’t wait for him to share his travels!
Chef Chris Brings Back Dinner Under The Antlers
Chef Chris Starkus is revitalizing his “Under the Antlers” dinner series by bringing in Top Chef talent from our upstairs neighbors, Departure. Chef Gregory is teaming up with Starkus on a “Gone Fishin” menu that utilizes albacore that the duo will go forty miles out on the Pacific and catch themselves. And that’s not all! While they’re on the coast they will forage for a majority of the herbs and vegetables that they can’t harvest from our rooftop garden. Obviously they have some great ideas but the final menu will be dependent on what they’re able to catch, grow and forage. We can’t wait to see (and taste!) what they come up with!
Our rooftop garden is expanding! We doubled our number of beehives earlier in the year and now Chef Chris Starkus has ten new garden boxes to work with! Located on the west side of the Nines, the new Urban Farmer rooftop garden is visible from Departure’s West Deck. Chef now has the ability to grow much of the greens and herbs, as well is a few surprises, only a few floors away. Follow his gardening adventures on Twitter and Facebook!