Monterey Bay Seafood Watch

Monterey Bay Seafood Watch

With a new year brings renewed commitments to sustainability. A cornerstone of our commitment to sustainability would be our participation in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch. As a restaurant partner, Urban Famer Portland commits to no longer serving items from the red “Avoid” list in addition to training our staff members to help raise awareness.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program creates science-based recommendations that help consumers and businesses make ocean-friendly seafood choices.

Best Choices

Buy first; they’re well managed and caught or farmed responsibly.

Good Alternatives

Buy, but be aware there are concerns with how they’re caught or farmed.

Avoid

Take a pass on these for now; they’re overfished or caught or farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment.

How can YOU help keep our oceans healthy? Take moment to familiarize yourself with the fish included on the lists above.

 Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch West Coast Consumer Guide

The Season of Giving

The holidays are here which to us means not only a season of celebrating but one of giving!

Urban Farmer Portland and Sage Restaurant Group are proud to partner with CORE providing support to children of our food and beverage service community whose families are navigating life-altering situations brought on by family death, injury or diagnosed medical condition, loss of home, or other sudden or extreme circumstances.

We make donation easy by including a field located at the bottom of your check to support at any dollar amount when signing your bill. The perfect ending to any meal!

It’s All About The Oyster

 

Urban Farmer Portland takes full advantage of our 1.5 hour proximity to the mighty Pacific Ocean which means an abundance of fresh Pacific Northwest oysters year round. While we admit, we are a bit partial to the petite, delicate and sweet oysters from the Pacific; we are equal opportunity oyster advocates. As such, we always have our east coast Atlantic brethren represented on the menu as well so you can slurp side by side to draw your own conclusions.

What’s the difference you ask?

EAST                                                                                                                                                                               

Look: Smooth, round shells with a somewhat shallow cup, generally ranging from 3 – 4 inches in size.                                                                                                                                         

Taste: Pronounced salinity and brininess, dense and meaty with a light minerality. 

Grown: Sub-tidally in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Virginia

Varieties: Blue Points, Belons, Wellfleets

WEST                                                                                                                                                                              

Look: Fluted, pointed shells with deeper cups, generally ranging from 2 – 3 inches in size

Taste: Subdued salinity with more notes of seaweed, cucumber, watermelon and overall, more sweetness.

Grown: Inter-tidally in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia

Varieties: Kumamoto, Kusshi, Shigoku

 

Ever wanted to try your hand at shucking oysters? Let our friends at Hama Oyster Company share a few tricks of the trade.

https://www.hamahamaoysters.com/blogs/learn/18297315-shucking-instructions

Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English Muffins

The house-made sourdough English muffins at Urban Farmer are a testament to the expertise and dedication of our pastry and culinary teams. Anchoring signature dishes from our family of Eggs Benedict variations to the Farm Burger, our English muffins have become a highly recognizable staple of the Urban Farmer repertoire.

It all starts with our beloved eight-year-old sourdough starter ‘Charlie’. Our English muffins undergo fermentation and proofing before baking then butter griddling to perfection. Billowy, light with just the right amount of chew and that delicate sourdough tang, make sure you tuck into an Urban Farmer English muffin on your next visit!

Woodford Reserve Collaboration

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Woodford Reserve Collaboration

We take our Bourbon seriously round here, so much so that we have partnered with Woodford Reserve for an exclusive bottling of Urban Farmer Portland Bourbon.  Bar experts in residency Josue & Robbie traveled to Kentucky to visit one of Kentucky’s oldest distilling sites crafting whiskey since 1812 and collaborate with Woodford’s master distillers on the Urban Farmer blend.

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6 select barrels were narrowed down to 4 and from these barrels Josue, Robbie and the Woodford team crafted 6 possible blends one of which was selected to represent Urban Farmer Portland with an eye towards  food. A Bourbon reticent of tropical fruit and citrus, elegant and refined yet deep, and complex lingering on the palate all the way back to Portland.

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Coming to a glass near you in 2017!