• Interview with Carrie Merrill of Urban Farmer

Interview with Carrie Merrill of Urban Farmer

Feast is only a few days away now! One of the events I am most excited about is Dessert for Dinner. I know I have talked about it a lot but seriously, how great of an idea is this event?

One of the featured chefs for Dessert for Dinner is Carrie Merrill, the head pastry chef at Urban Farmer.

Photo credit: Urban Farmer

Photo credit: Urban Farmer

Growing up Carrie always loved baking and after an early not-so-fulfilling career in Accounting, Carrie decided to switch paths and attend the pastry program at the Art Institute of Las Vegas (she is now my role model). She spent time honing her skills at the Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, L’Auberge de Sedona, The Greenbrier and Postrio Restaurant. November will make it two years in the Rose City and at Urban Farmer, where she is in charge of an 11-person team, that operates 24 hours a day for Urban Farmer, Departure and the hotel’s room service.

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Birthday Adventures in Wine Country

Well it is official. I have made it 30 years!


To celebrate my birthday (which was technically yesterday), my girlfriends surprised me with a day of adventures. Since I am a total planner and probably the most unspontaneous person ever, I don’t know if I can handle a true surprise. Knowing that, they gave me some details like that I needed to block off Saturday, September 6th, be ready to go at 10am and have a variety of clothing (“who knows what might happen?!”).  I had a variety of ideas on what the surprise might be but I knew with 99.9% certainty that it would include both food and drinks. Obviously.

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Stammtisch: German Food at its Best

401 NE 28th Ave & Glisan • Stammtischpdx.com • 503.206.7983

Hours: Daily 3pm – 2:30am


According to Wikipedia (aka the place to find the answer to most questions), a Stammtisch is “an informal group meeting held on a regular basis, and also the usually large, often round table around which the group meets. A Stammtisch is not a structured meeting, but rather a friendly get-together.” 

That seems like the perfect description of our Supper Club PDX and so I guess, not surprising that Stammtisch was on our list of places to go to. As we had a slightly smaller bunch this time around, we decided to try it out for our second meeting.

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