A Forum for Foodies

Someone asked me recently, “What is American fare?”



Steak and potatoes?

In this day and age of fusion-this and fusion-that, I’m not sure I know the true answer to that question.

At the Forum Restaurant preview party, I spent more time in the kitchen than anywhere else in the restaurant. Call me a chef groupie, but when given a choice, I prefer to see the action in the kitchen versus the people watching in the dining room.

The idea behind Forum is a gathering place to converse and exchange ideas, while noshing on American comfort food. (I know in our text-email-iPad life, as we know it today, the whole concept of actually talking to each other seems a bit foreign).

I love the idea behind it as I’ve been discussing this very topic in my industry…getting back to engaging in real-life interaction with one another.

The concept is a little simpler than Jim and Stefanie Ringo’s other new restaurant, Ringo in the West End, and it is in business-expense account territory, so hopefully the concept will be embraced.

They did a great job renovating the space and bringing it back to the art-deco originality. It has a casual elegance about the space.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to taste very much of the menu last night. However, I did enjoy the firecracker shrimp (just enough sting to the tongue) and the beet salad (nice mix of texture and flavor). I’m looking forward to trying the Southwest Bird’s Nest (hard-boiled egg wrapped in country sausage and panko, served on cristpy onion nest, with chipolte aioli) and the Beef Short Rib “Steamship” (16 ounces of slowly braised short rib with Yukon mashed potatoes and Forum vegetable medley, as prepared at the James Beard House in New York City) upon my next visit.

Forum, located in former Goodfellow’s space in City Center, offically opened today.

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