February 2010

Sake Events February 2010

Posted by Beau Timken in 2010, February, Newsletter, Sake Tastings
Blowfish Sushi February 23th - Ichishima Sake Dinner at Blowfish

Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Time: FIRST SEATING at 6:30pm / SECOND SEATING at 8:45pm

Where: Blowfish Sushi To Die For 2170 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

What: A delectable prefix dinner paired with five of Ichishima's top sakes. Chef Kenichi will be preparing many varieties of Japanese traditional & exotic dishes to be paired with Ichishima sakes. Guest speakers will be Kenji Ichishima & Michael Simkin. There will be no shortage of dishes to indulge in!

Hosted By: Kenji Ichishima, Owner of Ichishima Shuzo; Michael Simkin, America's leading sake expert & ambassador for Ichishima; Andy Mirabell, Director of Operations of the Blowfish Sushi chain; and Kenichi Kawashima, Executive Chef of Blowfish Sushi.

Cost: $75.00 per guest Charged on the day of event. A credit card will be taken to hold the reservation slot & the booking manager will review the cancellation policy.

RSVP: Call Blowfish Sushi To Die For at (415) 285-3848

True Sake February 25th - Ichishima Tasting for Serious Sake Tasters

Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Time: 6:45-8:00 (NOTE: the store will close early at 6:30 for this event.)

Where: True Sake, 560 Hayes Street

What: It is a private, "working" tasting, not a sake date. All sake will be covered. You will taste several sakes blind, pick your favorite three, then give a thorough feedback to Mr. Ichishima. This is for serious tasters only.

Spot: 6 spots open (plus several invited guests.) There will not be any food, so please eat snack before hand or plan to eat afterword at nearby restaurants.

RSVP: Call True Sake at (415) 355-9555

Sake Brewery Tours February and March: Sake Brewery Tours

Over the years I have been asked countless times "How can I visit sake breweries?" and for years I said that if you are lucky then there is a remote chance that a brewery will open their doors to "outsiders." But I also said, "don't hold your breath!" Guess what? You can breathe again because you are in luck! My dear friend Etsuko Nakamura heard all of your pleas and she decided to do something about it! Here is a quick email from her:

Hey Beau, I would appreciate if you could announce to your readers the start of the Sake World Sake Brewery Tours program. Now anyone can access the inner workings of the sake world. Visit Japan, start off with a bit of formal sake education by John Gauntner, then visit several breweries to meet the artisans and learn about them in depth. Tours include dinners each evening designed to match local sake-including the freshest shinshu-and cultural exploration of the region. There are two full-service tours:

Tour I: February 23 to 27 in the Kansai (Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe) area

Tour II: March 15 to 19 in the San-in (Shimane and Tottori) area

For more information, pricing, and reservations please go to saketours.com. Participation is extremely limited!

Etsuko also left some elegant handouts at the store for those who would like to see something in hand form! This is truly a wonderful opportunity and I would jump at this offering if you ever wanted to get up close and into it in a brewery while they are brewing! (Unheard of!)

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