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SUMO STEW at Arrogant Swine in Brooklyn


Tuesday, July 17 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Arrogant Swine – 173 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn

Admission: $60

Get ready for our SUMO STEW’s outdoor summer special!

Inspired by a trip to Japan, photographer Michael Harlan Turkell returned to New York City with aspirations of importing the ancient sport of sumo and teamed up with Harry Rosenblum, owner of The Brooklyn Kitchen, a center for culinary education. The two created a series based around plentiful bowls of chankonabe, the “sumo stew” wrestlers prepare and eat before matches. The hearty broth is loaded with fortifying protein and vegetables. This, paired with the live-streamed, bimonthly grand tournaments, makes for a lively event, bringing hungry first-time and long-standing sumo fans ringside.

This round of SUMO STEW will feature a North Carolina BBQ-style Whole Hog chankonabe in collaboration with Tyson Ho of Arrogant Swine.

Every guest will also receive a special bento box, composed of Japanese-inspired dishes from top local chefs including Spicy Beef Shank & Yuba (“tofu skin”) Salad from Junzi, Mushroom & Pickled Plum Onigiri (rice balls) from Momo Sushi Shack, Seaweed Salad with Ikura and Fried Potato from Juku, and Hiyashi Chukka (cold ramen) from O Ya. For dessert, guests can enjoy Shaved Ice from Bonsai Kakigori and Mochi Ice Cream from Mochidoki. (Menu is subject to change.) Beverages include a Nikka Whisky cocktail by Natasha Bermudez of Llama Inn, yuzu soda by Kimino Drinks, Mizu Shochu, a selection of sake from Jamie Graves of Skurnik Wines, and Japanese tea from Ito En.

Other vendors include Wuhao New York, makers of tenugui, traditional hand-dyed Japanese cotton towels. Kaede NYC will provide kimono and yukata rentals and sales. Brooklyn-based NYrture will have New York Natto, a Japanese probiotic superfood made from fermented soybeans. Bokksu will introduce their premium Japanese snack subscription box. Calligraphy artist Taisan Tanaka, who designed the SUMO STEW logo, will do a live Sumi-e painting performance.

The $60 ticket includes a bento box, a bowl of chankonabe, and two drink tickets to be used for sake, shochu, or a whisky cocktail – and round after round of sumo. Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Japan Society.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit SUMO STEW’s website.