Forage is a space - make it your space.
Forage is a place to create. We offer a full commercial grade kitchen for people looking to develop and produce food for their business or creative endeavors. We also offer the ability to host a "pop-up" temporary restaurant. Forage is a place to educate. Here you can use our kitchen and spacious dining area to hold workshops and classes of all kinds. If you're looking to learn a thing or two (or ten), see our current lineup of classes and events. Forage is a place to celebrate. Drawing people together around love of food – and life – is at the heart of what we do. Consider Forage as a venue for your next party or event.
Forage is a space where your ideas have room to
take root, grow, and thrive.
Hours of operation: Though we do have a restaurant license, we don't keep traditional restaurant hours. When we host a pop-up meal we use social media to notify the public. We're often in the kitchen or in our office so please email at the above address if you'd like to set up an appointment.
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Use our shared kitchen to cook ... whatever!
Forage is designed for food entrepreneurs interested in wholesale food production for retail outlets and Farmers Markets, as well as budding cooks and chefs looking for next level equipment and facilities. We offer low cost entry into a commercial kitchen, complete with most or all of the necessary gear. Forage also gives you access to a community of other food entrepreneurs.
What can you do at Forage?
We believe shared, experiment-friendly spaces like Forage
are critical to building a vibrant community.
THE SHARED KITCHEN
(aka our ‘Kitchen Incubator’)
We strive to offer you a clean, well-organized space to cook without the notoriously huge expense of building a commercial kitchen. Depending on your needs we can point you in the right direction for licensing, and can handle the scheduling, marketing, accounting, and all the boring stuff that clutters up the path to actually creating food, sellable products, and new businesses.
(aka our dining room and event space)
We love watching people enter Forage for the very first time. It’s so bright and airy, with views of the Eau Claire River. The space is fresh and tidy and ready for whatever you bring into it – from a hundred dinner guests, to a pop-up restaurant, to a simple idea yearning to flourish.
- 600 sq. ft. commercial kitchen
- 2 5-burner induction cooktops
- double commercial convection oven
- commercial refrigerator & freezer
- storage space
- pots and pans
- prep tables
- food processor
- Vitamix blender
- Kitchen Aid professional mixer
- commercial dishwasher
- 1200 sq. ft. dining room (capacity: 150 guests)
- tables, chairs, stools
- dishes, cutlery, serving pieces
Teach or attend classes and workshops.
We built Forage with education in mind. Instructors reserve our kitchen and adjoining dining room to teach cooking classes, special seminars, meal prep workshops, and much more.
But it’s not just food! Forage is also a perfect place for art classes, writing workshops, photography seminars, yoga nights, wine tastings, and many other great opportunities. Please contact us with your idea!
HOW'S IT WORK?
Find a list of classes here. Instructors looking to ask questions or schedule teaching time can email us, Facebook message us, or use our online form. We’ll answer your questions, then set up a time to meet, tour the space, and discuss details like timing and billing (eventually we’ll sign a contract together).
Where Forage Began
We launched Forage in February of 2014 during the fabulous Banbury ArtCrawl, where thousands of locals prowl around Banbury Place’s many art studios and unique businesses – one of the many reasons we’re proud to call this historic building our home. In the Fall of 2015, we expanded and re-opened (with a restaurant and beer/wine license in the mix) to offer a robust set of classes, events, and food experiences.
The energy you find at Forage flows from the creative, hard-working people and organizations using our space – to cook up food and a whole lot more.
Plan events and parties in our engaging space.
We’ve had great success throwing private parties, team building events, meetings of all sizes, weddings, baby and bridal showers, art openings, music performances, improv nights, fundraisers, and ... well, what else can you think of?
Forage features 1200 sq. ft. of beautiful, open space. We offer tables, chairs, stools, dishes, cutlery, and serving pieces – as well as public bathrooms and elevator access. We can accommodate 150 guests for a cocktail/heavy appetizer event, and up to 90 guests comfortably seated with table service.
HOW'S IT WORK?
Individuals and organizations looking to ask questions or schedule an event can email us, Facebook message us, or use our online form. We’ll answer your questions, then set up a time to meet, tour the space, and discuss details like timing and billing (eventually we’ll sign a contract together).