June 1st marked the soft opening for a fully vegan restaurant in Sarasota, FL. Located on Gateway Avenue in the Gulf Gate area, Fork My Life is the place to go for all things vegan––literally from soup to nuts!
I stopped in for lunch last week and sat down with co-owner, Dwight Spence, to talk about his new restaurant that he operates with his wife, Tzirel Bleier. Both he and Tzirel relocated to the Sarasota area last summer from New York. Dwight had vacationed in the area as a child and they knew this was the right place to live with family nearby and, of course, the spectacular beaches.
Dwight described New York as a “rat race” and, in his career as an EMT as well as a chronic care manager, he saw firsthand what an unhealthy lifestyle can do to someone. With Tzirel’s background in both IT and data as well as being a private chef, they decided a fully vegan restaurant was the dream they wanted to pursue.
Fork My Life has been very well received in just the short few weeks they’ve been open. They have held some private events and have quite a local following already. On the day of my visit, a few people are enjoying a quick lunch as others were there for carryout orders.
The menu offers everything from soup to salads, pressed sandwiches, burgers and “dawgs” as well as Mac and “cheeze”. I had a hard time deciding and picked the Potato Skins for my lunch. I was served a plate with 6 skins filled with lots of melted cheddar “cheeze” and sprinkled with “bacon” bits. It was all topped with a nice dollop of sour cream. It tasted so decadent, but I had no guilt because everything on my plate was vegan.
There’s also an extensive shake and smoothie menu which looks fantastic. Old school milkshakes, which I’m told are a can’t miss item to order. Choose from the basic chocolate, vanilla or strawberry or indulge with the Oreo milkshake. All made with plant milk. Smoothies are also available on the menu.
They recently partnered with We Vegan Eats, a bakery in Tampa, to provide them with many of the baked goods that they sell. You’ll find several varieties of cookies and brownies. Tzirel still makes the incredible cheesecake, so don’t skip dessert when you stop in!
Both Dwight and Tzirel plan to expand the menu after they work out some logistics with their space. A grand opening will be announced soon. In the meantime, they are open and ready to serve you.
Hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 10:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday and Saturday, 10:30am -10:30pm.
6538 Gateway Avenue Sarasota, FL 34231
Photos from Heidi Schild and Fork My Life FB