Lucas Forgy is a life student of the restaurant industry. Growing up in a small town in Iowa, he found his love for the kitchen, at the early age of 15, with his first cooking job in the towns’ steakhouse. This experience transformed his view of food from a substance to a passion. Forgy continued to develop an infatuation with food as he worked at various restaurants. During this time, he worked his way up the ranks in the kitchen. Wanting to showcase his enthusiasm for the culinary industry, and take his passion to another level, he moved to Orlando to attend culinary program at Le Cordon Bleu. He flourished during his culinary education, earning top honors and graduating Summa Cum Laude. Not only was his cooking ability elevated but a sense of business was ignited. He worked a various restaurants across the country through the years. Forgy now focuses on running and evolving his own restaurants Freshcraft and Block & Larder. They both feature his trained, creative style of comfort cuisine with a modern, sophisticated flair. He is always focusing on the ever changing wants of diners. Here are a couple highlights from Chef Forgy’s menu:
Thyme and Lemon Stuffed Snapper
Wok fried Pepperonata, micro salad, Kalamata, smoked paprika oil, caper
Roasted mushroom, arugula, preserved lemon beurre blanc, tomato, borage
Tostones, sofrito butter, frisee, pickled onion
Cumin charred octopus, pickled carrot ribbons, pineapple, cilantro, lime vinaigrette
Freshcraft is located in the heart of Denver on Blake Street near the 16th street mall. Freshcraft is an American bistro that delivers satisfaction to a wide variety of taste with a carefully focused menu. The atmosphere is casual, the bar brings regulars, and the food keeps everyone coming back. Stop by for a business lunch, pre-game for a sporting event, or sit-down for dinner with family and friends!
Block & Larder is a butcher and preservation focused restaurant always looking to exceed expectations. The menu rotates often with a handful of favorites that remain, most items are constantly inspired and unafraid of change. Block & Larder is located on Tennyson Street, a lively and growing shopping district in the Berkeley Neighborhood.