The Urban Farmhouse: Bringing the Farm to the City

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Coming from a number of fast food chains, Kathleen Richardson knew a thing or two about the business, but she wanted to do something a little different. So she dove back into her hometown of Richmond, Virginia and opened a fast casual of her own, The Urban Farmhouse Market & Café. Founded in 2010, the mission behind The Urban Farmhouse is to bring the farm to the city and suburbs while providing customers with local, wholesome food. Though their menu is not outrageously unique, the way each menu item is made is what makes them stand out.

“For almost all of our salads, salad dressings, sandwich ingredients, we either prepare or cut here on the premises. That to me is a difference that I feel is important in defining fast casual.”

Redefining fast casual seems to be a theme here. Coming from McDonald's, Richardson knew a lot about limited time offers (LTO’s) but at The Urban Farmhouse Market & Café, LTO’s don’t exist. Instead, Urban Farmhouse changes their menus seven times a year, in accordance with the Virginia growing calendar.

In addition to using local farmers and producers as their purveyors, The Urban Farmhouse expands on its dedication to local by showcasing local artisanal products like beer, chocolates, and almonds. As Kathleen explains, they don’t do anything the easy way. “You’re working with this local for this one product, this local… Doing that for 20 different products versus being able to call up one distributor and getting all of that there. It’s time-consuming, it’s a lot of paperwork but it’s kind of who we are. We can’t be any different.”

Learn more about The Urban Farmhouse Market & Café on this episode of Fast Casual Nation.

Seattle's Top Bars Incorporate Local Spirits into Mixology Programs

Seattle's Top Bars Incorporate Local Spirits into Mixology Programs

By Natalie Migliarini, Foodable Contributor

Seattle is more than just a tech city, it is also booming with craft booze establishments. This extends beyond the city with Washington State housing the most craft distilleries in the country. According to the Washington Distillers Guild, Washington has 99 licensed distilleries in the state while 17 of those are located in Seattle proper. 

Seattle has more distilleries than any city in the country, which has led restaurants and bars to create and use these local spirits.  The following bars are each finding fun and creative ways to use these spirits on their bar menus to bring craft straight into their customers’ cup. 

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