Urban Acres Chef David Rodriguez taking a photo op in front of the #UAtractor
We’re pleased to welcome our new head chef, David Rodriguez! David brings his creativity and passion for farm-to-table cuisine to our Urban Acres family, further advancing our mission to change our community through real food that supports Texas agriculture. Please give David a friendly hello or high-five when you see him hustling behind the counter in our open kitchen at the Farmstead! David was most recently the Executive Chef at Oddfellows in Bishop Arts and previously spent several years in Denton working under Chef Sheena Croft at Hannah’s Off The Square. He was born and raised in Dallas and began cooking with his father at age 13.
With David’s addition to the team, we’ve also expanded our Farmstead breakfast and lunch menu, as well as our hours…now open Tuesday through Thursday!
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am-2pm
- Friday: 8am-8pm
- Saturday: 8am-6pm
- Sunday: 9am-5pm
If you dined under the misters on our patio last weekend, then you’ve already tried some of David’s new weekly-revolving menu items that showcase what the seasons and our Texas farmers and artisans have to offer: the “Pig and Fig” sandwich, pastured chicken salad, squash quiche, and organic artisan pizza with garden sorrel pesto, to name a few. Coming soon: housemade chorizo tacos with pastured pork. Yum.
New squash quiche on the Farmstead menu
David says the menu was also inspired by recent trips to Portland, San Francisco, and Berkeley.
“We’ve spent some time traveling and researching what the best chefs are doing on the West Coast, where they set the standard for cutting-edge local and organic cuisine – pizza at The Cheeseboard Collective in Berkeley, quiche at Tartine in San Fran’s Mission District, sandwiches at Lardo in Portland. My hope is to take this little urban farm in Dallas and use the eggs from our chickens, the honey from our bees, the veggies from our greenhouse, and other honest ingredients to put our unique spin on Dallas’ food scene.”
Our Farmstead is committed to using 100% organic produce and dairy, fair-trade spices, pastured meats, and products that do not contain pesticides or hormones, artificial flavoring, hydrogenated oils, MSG, or GMOs. Bring your friends, family, and kids, and dine on our patio at communal farm tables and tour the on-site chicken coop, herb garden, flower garden, and aquaponics greenhouse, as well as sign up for one of our Farmstead classes including knife skills, cooking, canning, and gardening.
See ya this weekend, friends!