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Joy of Sake Aftertaste – in Los Angeles for the first time!

July 18th, 2009 1 comment
Joy of Sake

Joy of Sake

Title: Joy of Sake Aftertaste – in Los Angeles for the first time!
Location: Katana 8439 W. Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069
Description: The Joy of Sake is the largest sake tasting outside of Japan, held annually in New York, Honolulu and San Francisco. With almost 300 sake available for tasting, it is an amazing event, and I have been hoping that one day, it would come to Los Angeles. Well, it hasn\’t quite happened yet…but on August 5th, for the first time the producers of the Joy of Sake will be hosting a smaller event at Katana on Sunset. I hope a good showing of sake enthusiasts at this smaller event will turn into an opportunity for Los Angeles to host a Joy of Sake tasting in the near future!

Here is info from the Joy of Sake website:

At last, Joy of Sake\’s famous “Aftertaste” events have arrived in Los Angeles. Each tasting is built around a theme, and features entries from the U.S. National Sake Appraisal. Held for the last two years in New York, Honolulu and San Francisco, each event presents a unique opportunity for sake education and enjoyment.

This month\’s Aftertaste looks at how brewers coax fragrances like apple, banana, litchi and anise from just rice, water and yeast. It took sake-makers nearly a century to unlock the secrets of how to make ginjo sakes with floral and fruity aromas.

We\’ll try 37 different sakes, ranging from highly aromatic labels to those whose subtle fragrance is barely discernible. The tasting takes an hour and is followed by sake appetizers and more reflective sake-sipping until 8:00 p.m (check in for the event is at 5:45pm, and the tasting starts promptly at 6pm).

Reservations may be made online through the following link: Aftertaste Online Ticket Purchase by calling Katana at 323-650-8585. All sales are final and attendance is limited to 60 persons.
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2009-08-05

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Sake Tastings at Kabuki Japanese Restaurants in LA

July 17th, 2009 1 comment

Title: Sake Tastings at Kabuki Japanese Restaurants in LA
Location: Kabuki Hollywood 1545 N. Vine St. Hollywood, CA 90028
Description: These are not official meetups for the group – but I wanted to spread the word about sake tasting events hosted by Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto at Kabuki restaurants in the LA area next week.

Yuji is a true sake expert, and will be doing sake and food pairings, so it could be a good event.

Cost: 1 Person: $25 Couple: $40 3 or more: $20/person
Contact the restaurant directly to make a reservation. There are 2 seatings each night, (1) 6:30 – 7:30pm; and (2) 8:30 – 9:30pm.

Monday, 7/6/09 – Howard Hughes Center (Westchester)
Tuesday, 7/7/09 – Hollywood
Wednesday, 7/8/09 – Pasadena
Date: 2009-07-06

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Extravaganza for the Senses

July 17th, 2009 1 comment

Title: Extravaganza for the Senses
Location: Fox Studios 10201 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064
Description: Join us for an exciting evening of wine, food, music and fun! The Extravaganza for the Senses is a food and wine event to benefit The Saban Free Clinic. Currently in its 12th year, it is one of the largest and most celebrated food and wine events in Los Angeles. It is put on with the help of The Wine House and The New Friends of The Saban Free Clinic.

General Admission Tickets are $100, and include unlimited samples from 7-10pm.
VIP Tickets are $225, and include unlimited samples from 6-10pm, valet parking and access to the VIP Lounge.
$50 of the ticket is tax deductible.

For more information and to purchase a ticket: http://www.thesabanfr…

This year, Scott Silva provides the soundtrack as you mingle beneath the stars. You’ll enjoy sips from MORE THAN 100 WINERIES and samples from 40 of L.A.’s BEST RESTAURANTS. In addition, mystics and henna tattoo artists will be on hand for your entertainment along with other surprises. Be sure to check out the Silent Auction featuring trips, restaurants, spas and other great items and don’t miss complimentary spa treatments provided by El Leon and Raven Spas. You\’ll also be able to watch finalists Debbie Lee, Jamika Pessoa and Jeffrey Saad from Food Network\’s hit show, The Next Food Network Star, as they demonstrate some of their favorite dishes.

Hope to see you there!
Start Time: 07:00 PM
Date: 2009-07-18

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