No April Fools - Sushi/Sake Fest, anyone going?
We've got our tickets for this Sunday's event. Anyone else going?
Enjoy an afternoon of spectacular culture and cuisine, featuring some of the Bay Area's best Japanese and Asian restaurants, plus all the sushi you can eat and all the premium beer and sake you can drink!
You will bear witness to the 2007 SushiMasters Regional Competitions where chefs from Ozumo, Sushi Ran, Blowfish, and Sanraku will face off to win the opportunity to move on to the SushiMasters Finals in 2008.
Drink fine wine and sake while sampling the handmade rolls of 10 special sushi chefs. In addition to the thousands of pieces of sushi, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the delicacies from some of San Francisco’s finest restaurants: Ana Mandara, Chef Chu’s Restaurant, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Ozumo, Hime, Chaya Brasserie and many more. There will also be an awing demonstration of a 200-pound tuna filleting, as well as live taiko drumming and Okinawan dancing.
If you love Japan, this is your opportunity to gain insight into Japanese cuisine that goes beyond the ubiquitous sushi.
When: Sunday, April 1, 2007, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
3:00 - Registration & Booth Exhibits
3:15 - Large Tuna Fish Carving Demonstrations
3:30-4:30 - Sushi Chef Competition
4:30-5:15 - California Rice & Sake Seminar
5:00-6:00 - Raw Fish Seminar
6:00 - Chef Tasting Open to the Public
6:05 - Taiko Drummers to Welcome Guests
6:20 - Sake Barrel Breaking
6:30 - Okinawan Dancers
8:00 - Event Ends
Where: Miyako Hotel, Imperial Ballroom
1625 Post Street, San Francisco
Sounds fun. But let's be real here: This is a promotional fiction dreamed up by the California rice growing board. The whole SushiMasters "competition" angle is a pretense for the rice growers to generate dozens of meaningless, throw-away press releases and photo-ops. It is in no way a serious "competition" among "top" itamae. If your taste in sushi runs toward fancy rolls with fusion ingredients, you should have fun.
re: Sushi Monster
Well, true, it's obviously a promotional event.
SF has a tons and tons of food events. Many of them are poorly run, overwhelmed with crowds and not worth the money or the effort. Some are full-on ripoffs.
So I now have general criteria for what I'm willing to go to --- the venue has to be reasonably-sized, almost anything held a Fort Mason is too crowded for me. But if there's a well-run charity involved or there's "education" about something I'm really interested in or its a favorite food-stuff, I'm more inclined to go. If its being run by "organized people" or if it was under-marketed, I'm much more inclined to go. I also sometimes consider going to "First" events; they are not as well run, but the masses tend not to have found it yet so they are often not as crowded.
These criteria have eliminated the vast majority of SF food/drink events but I have managed to get in a few great experiences. (Dessert First! Pink Out! Sake Festival! that "secret" champagne tasting in the FB that kicked K&L's tasting's ass!)
The Japan Society is known for putting on well organized events. Sushi is one of my favorite foodstuffs that I don't endulge in nearly enough. The "educational" portions of the day could be interesting.
The competition does seem more like staged entertainment than a serious event but as long as its not a completely silly event where "all you can eat" really means "all you can get", it should be entertaining enough.