Fork Real Community Café
Fork Real is a non-profit pay-what-you-can community cafe that offers fresh farm-to-table meals located in downtown Rapid City. Everyone is welcome to stop and meet real people, enjoy real food and have real conversations.
So what are you waiting for? Stop by and say ‘hello’!
“The food is delicious. The mission is inspiring. I’ve had several meals the Fork Real Community Cafe catered and it was over-the-top phenomenal every time. The cheesecake is to die for!”
What Fork Real has been up to
A donation to Fork Real Community Café will help us continue to create a sense of belonging, provide healthy meals to all, and create a bond with members of our community. Fork Real Café invites you to be part of this growing organization. Will you join us?
What happens when you bring together people form all walks of life; serve them real, home-cooked, locally grown, hearty food get rid of the TVs and put down the smartphones; and encourage people to make genuine conversation?
Hey Rapid City! By now, ya’ll have figured out that FORK REAL Cafe is moving. Remodeling at 324 St Joseph has been on-going since August. Why the move? The simple answer is, the location and it is street-level! This space is more accessible, it is much larger which will better serve the community.
A palpable sense of thankfulness permeates the din of the daily lunch rush at the Fork Real Café, a small eatery in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota that is intent on improving lives – one meal at a time.
In March 2018, we traveled to other community cafes to gain in-person, hands-on experience in other cafes. Our first stop was A Place At The Table in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Executive Director Maggie Kane and her team dedicated 3 years to finding the right location to reach people from all walks of life.
We met Steve and Angie a few years ago. Soon after sharing the idea of a "Pay-what-you-can café" over dinner, they became a monthly sustainer of Fork Real Community Café. They travel abroad in an RV serving other communities with their big hearts. Thank you Steve and Angie. We are better together!
One local couple is heading out on a new business venture to open up a restaurant in Rapid City. But the purpose behind the cafe is about more than just food.
Fork Real Community Cafe is recognizing Tracy Godbe this month. Tracy volunteers numerous hours making beautiful improvements to the website and creating cool Facebook posts. She fell in love with Fork Real Cafe after attending our initial volunteer orientation just a few months ago.
Welcome to the kickoff of one of our newest features: The Faces of Fork Real! Every two weeks, we will highlight a different community member that contributes to the success of Fork Real and the community of Rapid City!
I am the Founder and Executive Director of Fork Real Community Café, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing food security and community building through a unique pay-what-you-can restaurant model.