Disclaimer: This post features a local Portland restaurant and PR company that invited me to a meal at the restaurant and a tour of their facilities. A post was not promised in exchange for the visit. I did receive the meal and tour free of charge. However, all opinions are my own. Warning, those who do not like images of meat should skip reading further in today’s post. Those who enjoy a good steak… be prepared to get very hungry!
A couple of weeks ago I visited Urban Farmer with other Portland food bloggers and a couple of representatives of Little Green Pickle PR company. Oh me, oh my… was it a fun night! I will try my best to summarize my evening and share only a portion of the many fun photos taken that evening. At the end of the post is a list of bloggers that I got to spend my evening with… check out their posts about the evening as well!
|Pickled veggies that surrounded the dining room we were eating in|
Urban Farmer is a Portland restaurant, located on the 8th floor of The Nines hotel, with an emphasis on “local, organic sourcing and simple straightforward presentations.”
|A yummy shrimp salad appetizer that went perfectly with bubbly|
All I knew about Urban Farmer before going to the restaurant was that it was above The Nines hotel, supposedly had good food, and that I wanted to go. When I got an email inviting me to join in learning more about the restaurant I jumped at the chance! I love discovering more about the great Portland restaurants out there.
|Chef Matt discussing how they check for “doneness”|
When you go up to the eighth floor of the building you are greeted with beautiful, lush pink/purple carpet and great curtains. You walk around the corner and see a very open floor plan where the restaurant and bar reside. At first I didn’t know for sure I was in the restaurant because of how open the floor plan was… but, after I was sure I was in the right place I fell in love with the simple, modern decor with farmhouse touches. The room we sat in was surrounded by shelves filled with jars of pickled items and candles.
I was greeted with a glass of champagne… so, that pretty much started things off right in my book. We were able to meet with the sommelier, manager, pastry chef, and chef throughout the evening. Such a treat for the food nerds in the room (I’m including myself in this group.)
I was even more excited to get to tour the back of the house and see what goes on in their kitchen. I’ve worked for a lot of restaurants in my day…. not one would have let a group of bloggers tour their kitchens with cameras in hand. I also made it through their entire kitchen area wearing heels without falling once, which is a huge tell to how clean their floors were.
|Yep, he is using a saw.|
This post would be a crazy amount of long if I shared everything I loved about this evening. I’m going to try to quickly highlight some of my favorite parts of the evening at Urban Farmer:
|Yummy, yummy food.|
Our menu for the evening:
We tasted many great wines… however, Mari brought a couple from Soter Vineyards that were delicious and I just had to share them with you:
|See the cow tongue?|