Forum is Back

It was the last business to reopen after this April’s Boston Marathon bombing, and it has come back stronger and better than ever. Forum and its employees and guests experienced tragedy in an up close and very personal manner on Marathon Monday. As a result, it took until August for the restaurant to reopen, and every time I have run by, it has been packed.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a blogger dinner at Forum, and while I promised myself I would not go out the week before the NYC Marathon, I couldn’t miss a chance to experience and share Forum.


Forum Boston

I arrived early to a friendly welcome and ordered a cocktail off of the seasonal cocktail menu. The Cranberry Cobbler was tart-sweet perfection and just tasted like fall and the holidays, without being overbearing.

cranberry cobbler cocktailOur group started to arrive, and we were taken to the beautiful upstairs space, overlooking Boylston Street, where we were completely spoiled with dish after delicious dish.

cauliflower white bean hummus

There was Cauliflower White Bean Hummus ad Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (insanely good).

bacon wrapped shrimp

steak n' cheese spring rolls

We also sampled indulgent Steak n’ Cheese Spring Rolls and my favorite, Crab Fritters.

crab frittersFor dinner, I switched to a beautiful Sacha Lichine rose, which I first tasted at Wine Riot last spring. Forum has a nice selection of wines by the glass, something I am always happy to see.

Sacha Lichine rose

As long as I am drinking rose, I can pretend it’s summer, right?

braised wild boar pappardelle

Since so many of us expressed interest in the Braised Wild Boar Pappardelle, we each received our own small portion that was full of rustic homemade pasta and meaty, flavorful sauce. I ate every bite of this cozy dish. I highly recommend going to Forum just to check it out.

By the time my gnocchi arrived, I was only able to eat a couple of bites before having it packed to bring home. It was just as good reheated; I loved the fragrant, earthy truffle broth and pops of sweet corn throughout.


I missed dessert because I was adamant about getting enough pre-marathon sleep, but I would imagine desserts were also creatively made treats. I don’t think I would have had room even if I had stayed!

We were truly treated to a feast at Forum, and I loved getting to taste a number of menu items to get a real sense of the food they are crafting there. It’s the perfect spot for a date night or a get-together with friends, and the menu offers up plenty of comfort in a beautiful environment. I would recommend it for all that it has to offer and also because the businesses around the bombing area still need our support. Creating thriving businesses that bring people together is the opposite of what those evildoers wanted; let’s continue to provide support businesses and survivors who bear physical or emotional scars to show the world how strong Boston truly is.

My meal at Forum was complimentary, however all opinions are my own.

Thank you to all of the veterans and their families out there for their bravery and sacrifice!


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  1. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    I was so sad to miss this event. I haven’t been back to Forum since they re-opened but this is reminding me to get over there ASAP. So happy they are back and better than ever – they really were ground zero.


  2. Alaina’s avatar

    Everything looks delicious! I loved their menu prior to April and I can’t wait to try their new items. :-)


  3. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    So great to see such a great restaurant back in business (and better than ever!). I’ll definitely pay Forum a visit soon!


  4. Megan’s avatar

    Great review! I’m sad to have missed this event but love seeing it through your pics. I know Jeff would love to try that wild boar ragu. And crab fritters sound good to me!


  5. Daisy’s avatar

    their food was so delicious and i loved the new space. great to have dinner with you as always


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