Market-goers enjoy Urban Decanters nuts, coffee, caramels and wine

Urban Decanter owner Becky Kramer is cooking up fresh, local ideas to make her customers happy at the Forest Grove Farmers Market, a program of the nonprofit Adelante Mujeres.

Her restaurant and wine bar are located on Main Street in Forest Grove, and on Wednesday evenings she often extends her business outside to join the farmers market — selling Oregon-grown hazelnuts, locally roasted coffee, chocolate sea salt caramels, and of course, wine.

On weeks when she doesn’t have a stand on the street, Kramer invites customers to sit outside at patio tables and take in the market sights.

In 2012, Kramer bought Urban Decanter, but she’s been gaining valuable wine and restaurant experience since she was born.

“My parents established Kramer Vineyards in 1983 and began planting in 1984,” she said. “I was born in 1985 so I was fortunate to have spent my whole life on a family vineyard and winery.”

During college, Kramer continued to work in the service industry, but she was most proud when she held the keys to her shop for the first time.

This season, Kramer decided to have a presence at the farmers market in order to show visitors that Urban Decanter is much more than just a wine shop. “I thought the farmers market would be a great way to get my business out there and let Forest Grove know what it has to offer,” said Kramer.

Inspired by the agricultural bounty at the market, Kramer incorporates seasonal products in her restaurant offerings. A few months ago she also started “Farm to Plate Urban Bites” event, where she offers small plates prepared almost entirely of ingredients found at the Farmers Market along with wine pairings. This event now happens every fourth Thursday of the month.

“There is a catch,” said Kramer. “The menu is not planned. I purchase the produce the Wednesday before and make the menu the next day. It’s a fun challenge because it forces me to use creativity in the kitchen and experiment with the produce that is in season.”

A past menu included a rustic ciabatta sandwich with caramelized onions, buffalo sausage, and gruyere cheese, a spring salad with marionberries and hazelnuts and berry sorbet with a variety of wine pairings.

Kramer’s warm hospitality make a visit to Urban Decanter well worth your while any day of the week. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events and special offerings:

Kaely Summers is manager of the Forest Grove Farmers Market.

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