This past Tuesday, March 25th, Charles and I bellied up to the bar at Forage. Our mission? To “Eat, Drink and Make A Difference”; to support Dining Out for Life, BC’s largest hospitality fundraiser. On this special night, along with a large number of restaurants from Whistler to the Fraser Valley, Forage would be contributing 25% of their food sales to help support local men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Located on Robson Street, towards Vancouver’s West End, this restaurant is attached to the beautiful Listel Hotel. I was lucky enough to go for Brunch a few months back, but this was my first time in for dinner. With a full tummy, and a smile on my face, I can now confidently state that Forage is one of my absolute favourite spots – no matter what the time of day!

As we sipped on something refreshing (might I suggest one of the many incredible BC wines or house made cocktails with local fruit), we looked over their impressive Dinner Menu. Although there is an obvious focus on locally grown and sustainable items there is still loads of room for foodie adventure. Right away, I had spotted a few items I had never tried before. I knew that making a decision was going to be tricky! Fortunately for us, we had a quick visit from Chef Chris Whitaker, who was more than happy to help us make up our minds. I mean, how cool is that?! Thanks again, Chef! So over the next few hours (we love a good Piggy pace) my handsome date and I shared 5 delicious items: Popcorn & Crackling, Roasted Squash Perogies, Roasted Beets, Pepper Braised Bison Tongue and Meyer Lemon Custard to complete the meal.

Although this Piggy greatly appreciated the crunchy texture and buttery flavor of the Popcorn & Crackling, my two favourite dishes of the night were the Roasted Squash Perogies and the Bison Tongue entrée. Sitting on top a cheddar fondue base, and topped with smokey little onions, the perogies were rich in flavor and cooked to perfection. Now the Bison Tongue was a first for me - I’d never had tongue of any kind before actually! Serving it with charred onion, 64° egg, and a nice portion of fettuccine, Chef Whitaker braises this meat exceptionally well. I was pleasantly surprised by the texture and flavours of this dish and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to try something new.

Our dining experience at Forage was something special and I just can’t say enough about their friendly and hard-working staff. At the same time, we were thrilled to “dine with a purpose” and support Dining Out For Life’s Beneficiaries, Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful. I know I speak for us both when I say that this was a night that we will always remember fondly. Put this restaurant on your dining out to-do list, Piggies. In my opinion, it’s an absolute must.

Until next time. Oink Oink!...

Over the last 19 years, DOFL has raised $3 Million+ throughout the Lower Mainland. For more information on Dining Out For Life, visit www.diningoutforlife.ca

Forage is located at 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver. For more information and full menu details, visit www.foragevancouver.com

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