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Tender Greens and Barley Forge Pig Roast and Crawfish Boil

We attended as a guest of Tender Greens


What a perfect summer evening to be a guest at Tender Greens and Barley Forge Pig Roast and Crawfish Boil! Delicious!

This sold out event had guests seated in a family-style environment on the outside covered patio of Tender Greens at the Irvine Spectrum. I for one appreciate family style seating for these occasions, it allows for sharing a meal with others who can become friends, hearing about their adventures and stories while embracing new flavors together.

Chef Drew Bent of Tender Greens indulged us on this night with tender Roasted Pork, a Crawfish Boil full of crawfish potatoes, petite corn on the cob and yellow squash. As you know from previous articles I do find comfort in certain foods and I know I’m not alone. I can say the jalapeno cornbread alongside the traditional cornbread simply melted in my mouth and add a dollop of whipped butter; well, need I say more? As I locked in on the dish of macaroni and cheese I couldn’t get to my table fast enough to indulge in the creamy, cheesy goodness. Pure comfort!


Chef Drew Bent and Tender Greens are known for sharing the farm-to-table concept. Utilizing fresh fruits and produce as well as other organic foods found right in our own backyard. An example, we enjoyed a delicious, flavorful kale dish this evening; the fresh kale was harvested from 9 ft. tall plants found at the Great Park Gardens! Now I think that’s pretty cool. I have to say it was the BEST kale dish I’ve had to date. I wanted to take more home. Yum!!


Barley Forge was a wonderful compliment to the featured menu and tantalized my taste buds! We were treated to my favorite a crisp, flavorful Mango Hefeweizen; perfectly refreshing for a warm summer night. In addition, they poured an India Pale Lager, India Pale Ale and The Patsy, a rye stout brewed with coconut. This one was the darkest of the bunch but still refreshing with the finish of coconut. If you get the chance to visit Barley Forge at their Costa Mesa location; go check it out sometime, and they are open 7 days a week with varying hours. You can find out more information at


I hope that this becomes an ongoing event for Tender Greens and Chef Drew Bent. You feel as if you were invited to dinner at his home to share in a delicious meal, refreshing brews and mingle with Chef Drew himself. I’m ready for the next invite and I’m sure some of you would be on board too!

Tender Greens is located at: 31 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA

Darice is a very active mother of a gorgeous daughter. Darice, enjoys a career in sales, surrounded by many friends and family; always taking on another opportunity for growing and networking. A people person who embraces trying new things, helping others, a social butterfly and enjoys cheering on her niece and nephew at soccer and/or volleyball games.

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