Food in The Forest

The wedding was in the making for over a year. The bride asked for a 100 – person long table dinner in the middle of the Cowichan Lake Wilderness Forest with harvest tables running alongside the river. To do this the Toque team literally took over a bridge that bled into the forest flats with the Cowichan Lake river flowing in the background.

The Toque team literally took over a bridge that bled into the forest flats.

Upon arrival, guests headed to the custom made 16’ long cedar bar where they were offered his and her Signature Drinks – Gin and Tonics for him and Modern Campari and Soda for her.


An array of canapes as well as a 6’ long charcuterie board with pickled vegetables, crackers and dips kept guests busy until the bride and groom arrived.



Guests were guided over the quaint forest bridge as candles and tree stumps lit the path to dinner.


Dinner was served family style allowing guests to share and encouraging that warmth and closeness the couple wanted for their wedding dinner. Intimate, natural and quintessentially west coast. 

Course #1 Baby Beet, Compressed Apple and Goat Cheese Salad



A late-night chef manned Mac & Cheese and Mini Slider Station gave needed fuel to those guests just getting their second wind.


This event was a feat of artistry and science as the team at Toque were virtually in the middle of the forest cooking a 100 person plated dinner using a gas stove and 6’ tables with a tent to cover them. Logistics were intense and everything had to be thought of in advance, there was no running back for more cooking tools or ingredients. Although complex, this is common for Toque who specializes in catering events in challenging and unique locations.

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