Picture this: you’re strolling through Roji-en, taking in the sights and sounds of bamboo rustling in the wind, wildlife scampering over the path and Morikami Lake gently lapping at the shore of Yamato Island. You’ve just filled your belly with delightful sushi and Pan-Asian cuisine from the Cornell Café that paired perfectly with a crisp and cool sip of sparkling sake. As you round the lake and your stroll comes to a close you make your way to the theater for the rousing beats of Fushu Daiko’s taiko drumming.
Now, make that refreshing dream a reality by visiting us for Sushi & Stroll tomorrow, which is aptly themed Sip & Stroll – An All about Sake Evening. We’ll welcome Sake Specialist, Carrie Becker of Stacole Fine Wines as well as special guest Hisashi Kobayashi, owner of the Musashino Brewery in Japan. Carrie and Hisashi-san will give you the low down on Japan’s signature spirit at their Sake 101 presentation at 7pm, and offer a variety of sake from Musashino Brewery, among others. Here’s what Carrie suggests you pair with your delicious bite – savory or sweet – from the Cornell Café:
- Cold sesame noodles, teriyaki salmon or crispy pork – Ten to Chi Junmai Daiginjo (ultra premium) – $6
- Curry chicken or BBQ chicken – Daku Junmai Nigori (unfiltered) – $6
- Baked mussels, California or vegetable roll, or any dessert item – Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake – $9
- Seaweed salad, egg rolls, tempura shrimp roll, crispy pork or pork dumplings – Hiko’s ‘Ka No Izumi (premium) – $5
If this is your first go-round with sake, our Sip & Stroll themed evening is the perfect introduction. Both Carrie and Hisashi-san are available all evening to answer questions from beginners and connoisseurs alike. Still need a little sake primer? Check out this article from Japan Times about sake pairing and tasting.
Also, please note that Sushi & Stroll is a rain or shine event. The gardens and Yamato-kan will be open unless there is inclement weather. If this is the case we will close the Yamato-kan and open our main galleries. All other activities including taiko, sake sales and Sake 101 will be indoors.
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