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Monday, September 17, 2007

A Feast to go

I finally stopped by A Forkable Feast in Oakley recently, research for a story I'm writing about the popularity of take-out food from restaurants. If I were more of a take-out food person, this is where I'd go. The whole idea of what they're doing just makes so much sense.
It's a lot like getting something to go from a restaurant, in terms of the quality and selection--they have jerk pork tenderloin and planked salmon and chipotle sweet potatoes, etc. The difference is they have designed and made these dishes specifically for taking home. They make each dish, super-chill it and package it individually. It only takes a minute or less per dish to re-heat it at home. The quality you end up with is much better than a hot dish that you pick up, which cools down and has to be re-heated without instructions or the right kind of container. It's also less expensive than restaurant meals. I picked up a full-course meal for two of us with salads and sides and two entrees and dessert it was about $25. I think it's also a leap forward for take-home delis that display salads and casseroles and sell them by the pound. It's easier to pick out, you know how much things will cost, and it's packaged better.

And aside from all that, they have something you might want to try even if you make your own dinner. Their molten-center chocolate cake is quite fabulous, as good as any restaurant version. It takes less than a minute to heat to the perfect temperature and consistency. Something about the warm center doubles the chocolate intensity.

Forkable Feast is across from Crossroads Church at 3363 Madison Road. 513-871-8646


at 7:06 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

After all that information you failed to mention if the food was any good. Was it? The reason that I ask is because I've been disappointed by take out places like that in the past.

at 11:00 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

I know, me too. I thought it was quite good. The salmon was really moist and had a nice smoky flavor, the pork loin had an authentic jerk coating and a nice cilantro salsa that went with it--on the side. The sweet potatoes were spicy, and that cake was nothing but fine.

at 11:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just had it last night myeself. Not a fan of the sweet potatoes, the asparagas and mac and goat cheese were delicious. The salmon was exactly as you described it. I would definitely go there again.

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