Oct 3, 2011
08:42 AMLife in the Tetons
Forage and Celebrate
Last Saturday, my husband and I spent a fantastic evening dining with friends and perfect strangers, enjoying the bounty of our region and celebrating a wonderful Indian summer.
It wasn’t my idea. Rather, it was the brainchild of Forage & Lounge (I know, catchy to name a restaurant using verbs instead of nouns). Forage’s tables were configured to create several large community seatings, and a delicious, five-course, prix fixe tasting menu was circulated family-style. Hence, the perfect strangers.
Forage’s owners are committed to using local foods, and Saturday night’s farm-to-table dinner was no exception. Snowdrift Farms, Lava Lake Lamb, HD Dunn Angus Ranch, 460 Bread, and Potter’s Garden all contributed to Saturday’s meal. And Forage’s fresh and interesting preparations, combined with their flair for tantalizing presentations, made for a lovely and delicious feast. A celebration of our growing culture of local foods— whether the long-time farms and ranches, or the newer boutique vegetable farms.
And then there were those strangers. We arrived at Forage with a friend of ours, and soon found ourselves seated with a woman who manages Driggs’ wine store and writes for the newspaper (sporting a brand-new corkscrew tattoo) and a kindergarten teacher who recently adopted twins (on her first night out after becoming a mom). The room was also full of locals we know: friends from non-profit boards, a friend who runs the farm where I buy my eggs, a friend who cuts my hair… You get the picture. A celebration, too, of community.
The evening’s patrons were united in their encouragement for Forage to offer more of these family-style celebrations of food and community. So keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events. You can find Forage & Lounge on Facebook or on the web.