Bon Appetit Magazine: Sarah Schafer, Chef at Irving Street Kitchen, Grows True Heirloom Tomatoes

Sarah Schafer, the chef at Portland, OR's Irving Street Kitchen, comes from a long line of gardeners. Her grandfather, who lived in Buffalo, NY, grew orchids in his basement and an array of vegetables in his backyard. But as Schafer told me recently, he "loved loved loved tomatoes." Starting at age 15, he planted the heirloom seeds his mother had saved from her parents, who had grown them in Baden-Baden, Germany, and he was pleased with the results. To him, the perfect way to eat them was fresh, sprinkled with salt and a bit of mayonnaise.
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Portland Monthly: Wake up Call: Brunch at Irving Street Kitchen

Brunch is not new at this Pearl District puzzle—the list has been evolving since August. But in a restaurant whose eclectic approach has been surprisingly uneven, despite respected San Francisco talents behind the scenes, the kitchen has shifted into a welcome gear on Saturdays and Sundays. Irving Street Kitchen is turning out one of the best brunches in the city, led by attention to details, a high level of craft, and some memorable flavors, with a couple dozen options mostly around $8–12.
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EATER PDX: Irving Street's Sarah Schafer Deep-Fries a Brunch Pizza

To help celebrate Pizza Week, Eater challenged chef Sarah Schafer to add a pizza to Irving Street Kitchen's popular weekend brunch menu.

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The Oregonian: Irving Street Kitchen review: 2016 best Portland restaurants

This Pearl District restaurant, with its glamorous bar and loading-dock patio, doesn't lack for panache. Irving Street Kitchen, owned by Stock & Bones, a large restaurant group in San Francisco, once seemed like the first outpost of a new flood of California cash rushing into Portland's fine-dining market. It's since settled in as an outlier: a swank restaurant with a bar program fully stocked with good cocktails and wines on tap, plus a Southern-focused menu courtesy of chef Sarah Schafer.  
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Willamette Week: Here's Are the Best Happy Hours at Portland's Fine Dining Restaurants

[FRIED OYSTERS] Irving Street Kitchen's Southern-influenced cuisine isn't cheap during dinner, so take advantage of happy hour when you can. Drinks—selected wine, a couple cocktails, and PBR with a whiskey back—are just $6 each, and some of the food offerings are smaller yet well-executed dishes off the regular menu. Peppercorn-sauced meatballs ($7) make for a hearty snack, or go a lighter route with chicken-fried oysters ($6), which come with tasty Herbsaint aioli. ROB FERNAS.
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CHEF SARAH SCHAFER WINS SKUNA BAY SALMON KENTUCKY DERBY CHEF CHALLENGE

After eight grueling first round competitions pitting 28 chefs followed by two Semi Final battles, the Final competition at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY was won by Chef Sarah Schafer from Irving Street Kitchen in Portland, OR. Chef Sarah beat the Eastern Semi Finalist Chef Edward Sura from Chicago’s Perennial Virant in a closely waged final cook off on April 30, 2014 at Sullivan University in Louisville.

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