Dining With Denise Neil

Fork & Fennel offering free BLT-with-a-twist samples for a cause

Fork & Fennel is participating in a nationwide promotion to show support for the LBGT community.
Fork & Fennel is participating in a nationwide promotion to show support for the LBGT community. The Wichita Eagle

Eating for a cause is good. Eating bacon for a cause ... that’s even better.

Fork & Fennel, the restaurant at 3425 E. Douglas owned by Schane Gross, is participating in an event called BLgT USA, which kicks off tonight with an event offering free samples of the restaurant’s twist on a BLT, with a special ingredient added.

The idea comes from Get Out, an organization founded to make it easier for people to get involved in supporting the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community. Earlier this summer, the group launched a tour that will stop in each state, where a participating restaurant agrees to come up with a BLT recipe that adds an ingredient that starts with the letter “g.” Wichita is the 35th stop on the tour. In other cities, chefs have added ingredients like guacamole, garbanzo beans and fried green tomatoes. Not all are making sandwiches. One chef made a waffle. Another made a taco. Another made a cocktail.

Gross and her kitchen will be serving a Heritage banh mi BLT, made with Heritage red wattle bacon, liver pate, cucumber, cilantro, fresh jalapeno slivers and locally grown tomatoes on a baguette. The “g” in the recipe is green curry aioli. The restaurant also has come up with a signature cocktail, and the event will include a cash bar.

Their creation will be available on the menu through Sept. 22. It will cost $8, and Fork & Fennel will donate 20 percent of the sales of the sandwich to The Center of Wichita Inc., a meeting place for Wichita’s LBGT community. People who attend tonight’s event also are encouraged to make donations.

For more information, visit blgt.us.

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