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Locally Revered Chef Opens Take Out Concept


Fork & Knife, a new concept from Chef Jonathan Blackford that does not include a dining room or seating for dine-in business just opened in Costa Mesa. It focuses on complete family meals for daily pick-up, grab-and-go prepared foods, and a high-end market with many house-made items.

“My goal is to enhance the at-home dining experience and now, more than ever, it’s exactly what our community wants and needs,” said Chef Blackford, who has gained a loyal following over the past decade, for the globally inspired, progressive menus he created as Executive Chef for A Restaurant and CdM Restaurant. “Complete dinners to go and a la carte dishes, to grab-and-go items and gourmet products from some of our favorite artisans from all over the world – that’s what Fork & Knife aims to deliver.”

Fork & Knife offers inspired, seasonal, from-scratch fully prepared meals, as well as retail-focused items such as fresh-made pastas, jams, sauces, dressings, and more. The market also features many of Chef Blackford’s favorite artisan products, from heirloom grains from Anson Mills and heirloom beans from Rancho Gordo, to hard-to-find authentic Spanish products from La Espanola Meats. The kitchen offers freshly made grab-and-go items daily, including sandwiches, prepared pastas, and easy-to-eat-on-the-go dishes.

The culinary focus of Fork & Knife is a daily Hot Menu that can be ordered online or by phone, with 24 hours advance notice. Changing weekly, the menu will consist of rolls, salad, protein and dessert. Chef Blackford’s masterful way with steaks will be seen in his hand-picked selections from the best ranches around the world, which will be complemented with fresh seafood options.

“I want to serve as an extension to the home kitchen by providing the freshest and most flavorful meals and dishes,” explained Chef Blackford. “There is nothing more comforting than a home-cooked meal enjoyed with family and friends, but with time being the biggest challenge in our lives, we’re handling the heavy lifting so those in our community don’t have to sacrifice quality.”

For more information, menus, and orders, please call 949.887.0330 or visit

Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Fork & Knife is at 401 E. 17th Street, Suite A2, in Costa Mesa.

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