Come in from the Cold and Enjoy

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than some warm food in a cozy setting.

On our new winter menu this month, we’re featuring Lamb Pot Pie filled with locally sourced lamb, baby carrots, pearl onions, potatoes, mushrooms and more. It’s a hearty dish that will warm you up on a cold day.

We also have our popular mainstay French Onion Soup with braised beef shank as an appetizer. This steamy delight, served au gratin, is perfect with a salad or sandwich. Topped with warm, melted gruyere cheese and sourdough croutons, it also can be a meal in itself for lighter eaters.

For dessert, we have our Baked Alaska that arrives flaming at your seat. It’s made with chiffon sponge cake – yellow cake lightened with meringue – layered with a Zabaione rum gelato, strawberry filling and roasted strawberry gelato. Its covered in meringue, toasted and garnished with cotton candy and flambéed to order, using watershed vodka, and served with strawberry compote. The flame is a welcome sight when it’s chilly outside.

Our delicious Baked Alaska Cassata with strawberry compote and a swirl of cotton candy on top goes up in flames to our guests delight.

Guests who earned Farm Dollars in November and December can use them toward these dishes or any other in January and February.

Knowing our guests are well-fed and well-cared for warms our hearts.

Our delicious Baked Alaska Cassata with strawberry compote and a swirl of cotton candy on top goes up in flames to our guests delight.

Guests who earned Farm Dollars in November and December can use them toward these dishes or any other in January and February.

Knowing our guests are well-fed and well-cared for warms our hearts.

 

Steak Tasting

 

We’ve all heard of wine tastings, beer tastings and even whiskey tastings, but what about Steak Tastings? Naturally, being Cleveland’s Steakhouse, we like to think outside of the box when it comes to our meats. If you haven’t seen our menu before, we have a steak tasting with 3 6oz steaks; Bartles Farms Grass-fed, Creekstone Farms prime corn-fed and Ohio proud twenty-one day dry aged.

Cleveland now has a place where you can see the difference between dry-aged, corn-fed and grass-fed all on one plate!

Let’s dig deeper into what these three steaks are all about:

The Bartels Farm located in Oregon; “embraces a mission of grazing cattle in their natural habitat.” (bartlesnw.com)They select their cattle for the grass fed natural program based on size, conformation and quality. They never feed them with grain or treat them with antibiotics, hormones or GMO’s.  They stated that feeding their cattle grass pellets allows for more energy from their feed, which gives results of healthy and flavorful meat cuts.

The Creekstone Farms located in Kansas embraces corn-fed Black Angus beef, “with high quality corn-based feed.” (creekstonefarms.com) They explain that prior to processing, each animal is fed a high quality corn based feed ration. This has proven to enhance meat tenderness and flavor. Creekstone Farms also focuses on humane animal treatment, which additionally produces superior tasting and more tender beef.

New Creation Farms located in Ohio, is where we order in our whole cow for the twenty-one day dry aged steak. New Creation Farms believes in raising animals “in a healthy, sustainable and humane way.” (newcreationfarm.com  ) They allow their animals to roam in their natural habitat and all of their animals are hormone and antibiotic free.

You might be wondering though, what dry aged is all about?  Lucky for you, I interviewed our Butcher Vinny at Urban Farmer to find out! Once Urban Farmer orders in the whole cow from New Creations Farm, our Butcher Vinny cut’s them and places them on a shelf in the butcher shop for 21 days…….. Thought there was more to it? I know I did! I even snickered at his explanation finishing at “we put them on a shelf for 21 days”.  Luckily he pardoned my ignorance and explained it also has to have the right atmosphere of high air flow and high humidity, to get the perfect 21 day dry aged flavor.

After lots of begging and then offering to wash the dishes, I was able to try the steak tasting! The flavor is unbelievable and the education your taste buds receive is undeniable. No sauce or extra rub needed these steaks are delicious all on their own!

Daily Menu Additions & Butcher’s Cuts

Daily Menu Additions & Butcher’s Cuts

Guests of Urban Farmer can never complain about a boring menu! Not only does our menu change seasonally to feature fresh, local products but we also feature daily menu additions and butcher’s cuts. The menu additions and butcher’s cuts allow the kitchen to utilize the whole animal to result in less waste. It also allows for our chefs to showcase their creativity on a daily basis! If you stopped in over during the Christmas week, you may have seen a PB&J Duck on the menu additions card; which was inspired by the classic childhood peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! This seared duck features fermented chestnut pesto (the “peanut butter”), drunken cherry gastrique (the “jelly”), finished with a sage crumble (the “bread”), and garnished with micro greens. Be sure to check the daily card each time you stop in for lunch or dinner to see what creative dishes our chefs have developed!

The Butcher Shop

 

The Butcher Shop

Aside from the standard dinner menu, Urban Farmer also offers a menu addition card that features daily butcher cuts from our in-house butcher shop. Urban Farmer receives about four pigs and one cow per month. The breakdown of these animals is an all-day process. To ensure less waste, every part of the animal is used – from tail to snout! Since one animal produces a limited number of meat cuts, these items will appear on our daily butcher cuts menu card and is offered based on availability. These animals also contribute to our in-house charcuterie program. While some meats take just over a month to age properly, some meats take six months to a year. The process is very dependent on the size and water content of the meat. Join us for dinner to see the end products for yourself!

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