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Sushi Lessons In D.C. Metro Area

thomasec Jan 22, 2007 02:47 PM

It's my friends birthday this coming weekend, and I was hoping that a group of us (about 6 people) could get a Sushi making lesson. Does anyone know of any places that offer this? Thanks in advance.

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    cards Jan 25, 2007 05:52 AM

    She's been teaching Sushi through Arlington Adult School and in Fairfax for many years. She's originally from Taiwan and had grown up there under the Japanese occupation. She then lived in Hawaii for a number of years-- so lots of exposure to Japanese culture. She's a great instructor-- high energy and very fun.

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      cards Jan 24, 2007 09:20 AM

      I'm currently taking a sushi class with a wonderful teacher Mary Moore. She also does small group lessons or parties (she'll bring everything you need). Her contact info is 703-680-1346 or email at marymoore@verizon.net.

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      1. re: cards
        Chownut Jan 24, 2007 11:35 AM

        What are her credentials?

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        coconutlime Jan 23, 2007 01:12 PM

        All of that info is easy to find in any Japanese cook book.

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          thomasec Jan 23, 2007 10:53 AM

          What about picking out fish, proper cutting techniques, rice preparation, etc... I personally feel that Sushi is one of the hardest things to prepare RIGHT.

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            jpschust Jan 23, 2007 01:59 PM

            I agree with this, and also finding top quality fish to make sushi at home is difficult at best in this city. Sushi grade fish is hard to find, and when you do it's extremely expensive in DC.

            1. re: thomasec
              Chownut Jan 23, 2007 02:03 PM

              You're right. Making rolls is not that bad, but making actual sushi requires experience with the art of slicing fish. If it was so easy, then why would apprentices need 3 years to train under a master sushi chef.

              But, you're not trying to become a sushi chef, and the actual fish can be purchased in a state where it's already precut into a long rectangle, so all you have to do is slice. Another important thing though is prepping the rice just right with enough sugar, wine, etc.

              1. re: Chownut
                coconutlime Jan 23, 2007 03:41 PM

                My thought exactly!

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                  Chownut Jan 23, 2007 05:00 PM

                  I really think the class with Kaz would be hella fun though. He's a master, and what you'll probably realize is that the nuances of his craft were probably learned over the years through blood, sweat, and tears (aka money, time, and persistence), and you get to absorb some of his tricks in a few hours of his class.

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              thomasec Jan 23, 2007 08:05 AM

              To jrsmoltz:

              This is the only weekend that's going to work for me, however I emailed a lady who does in house sushi lessons, which I think would be even more fun. Unfortunately for me (fortunately for you), she is out of town this coming weekend, so I am exploring other options. If you want to get in touch with her, her email address is:


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                thomasec Jan 22, 2007 03:19 PM

                Don't think I can get that many people. Any other places?

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                1. re: thomasec
                  Chownut Jan 22, 2007 03:30 PM

                  Wouldn't hurt to call and ask anyway.

                  1. re: thomasec
                    jrsmoltz Jan 22, 2007 08:19 PM

                    If you do the research on Kaz Sushi Bistro and it's not outrageously expensive, I might be able to add to your numbers. Two (myself and my girlfriend) would be easy, but I can think of three or four friends who may be interested as well (possibly more).

                    Unfortunately, the next several weekends are booked up; I’ll be out of town: Jan 27-29, Feb 2-4, Feb 16-19. If you are open to a weekday, the weekend of Feb 9th or a weekend after President’s Day let me know and we could combine groups.

                    Let me know what date you are looking for so I can try to convince my friends.

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                    Chownut Jan 22, 2007 03:08 PM

                    Yes, Kaz Sushi Bistro does, but you may have to invite more people:

                    "Chef Kaz gives sushi or Japanese cooking class for group of
                    10 to 20 people. If you have an organized group who is
                    interested in taking hands on lessons, please contact us by
                    phone or e-mail."


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