Foodies Favorite Finds: Chris Starkus of Urban Farmer
Monday, June 22, 2015
Growing up in Southern California, Starkus was unaware that his family dinners were different. With most of his family photos taken in front of food, he fondly remembers his Italian grandmother making 15 pies for the family at a time, all using dough from scratch. In a half Lithuanian and half Italian family, there was no lack of delicious homemade food. Starkus’ first position cooking was at an Applebee’s. His dad, who knew he was far more talented, encouraged him to attend culinary school.
Following culinary school, Starkus moved to Las Vegas at age 17. As a young, enthusiastic cook, it was the perfect time to be there. With a flood of famous chefs from around the world pouring in and opening restaurants, his first position was at Chinois. Since then he has worked at acclaimed Las Vegas restaurants, holding Chef de Cuisine positions at both Stratta and rm seafood. At Urban Farmer, he uses his experience and Oregon’s seafood bounty to push the envelope, creating unique fish dishes that stand out.
When Starkus is not cooking, he is hiking, cycling, gardening, and spending time with his sonHarper.
When asked about his Favorite Food Find, Starkus said, “Prontobella Italian Kitchen in Clackamas is where I like to go with the family on my days off. The owner shows New York roots in the menu and weekly specials, and I usually order the Napoli style pizza with some of their local micro beer draft offerings. They have some retro arcade games which makes it fun for kids and parents.”
Urban Farmer, 525 SW Morrison, (503) 222 - 4900. Sunday - Thursday, 6:30am - 10pm, and Friday and Saturday 6:30am -11pm.
Homepage Photo Credit: Urban Farmer Facebook
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525 SW Morrison Street.
Photo via departureportland.com
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