Aki Matsuri: Japanese Autumn Celebration with Tahitian Tuna
Thursday, November 3 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Brewery – 79 N. 11th Street, Brooklyn
Admission: $100 non-members/$90 members
The Gohan Society, a non-profit organization advocating a greater understanding and appreciation of Japan’s culinary history, is teaming up the Island of Tahiti and organizations that support sustainable fisheries in French Polynesia to present Aki Matsuri: Japanese Autumn Celebration with Tahitian Tuna. This tasty matsuri will feature food by world-class restaurants such as Hakata Tonton, Hasaki, Nobu Fifty Seven, Sushi Suzuki, Tao Downtown, The Meatball Shop, and Tori Shin, with desserts provided by Jennifer Lyne.
Participating sushi restaurants will prepare dishes using Tahitian tuna donated by the event’s sponsors: the Island of Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui, Ocean Products Tahiti, and Osakana Meister. Tao Downtown Executive Chef Yoshi Kojima will perform an exciting tuna-cutting demo, and afterward the restaurants will serve the freshly cut tuna to guests on site.
Guests can participate in a silent auction and a raffle for amazing prizes provided by event sponsors and supporting organizations such as Bessou Restaurant NY, Conversation Arts Media, Culinary Agents, De Gustibus Cooking School by Miele, Hungry Root, James Beard Foundation, Kewpie Mayonnaise, Korin Japanese Trading Corp., Hokuto Mushroom, Royce’ Chocolate, Sun Noodle North America, TIC Restaurant Group, Toyo Rice, and Wine of Japan.
There will be an energetic taiko drumming performance by members of the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center Ensemble, and Angéla Vaiata Taiarui will perform a traditional Tahitian dance.
Proceeds from the event will benefit The Gohan Society’s US-Japan Chefs Culinary Exchange Scholarship Program, an important initiative that sends chefs to Japan to learn cooking techniques, ingredients, and knife skills while enhancing their knowledge and understanding of Japan’s rich culinary culture.
Members of The Gohan Society will receive a discount using the promo code “tunamatsuri” at checkout. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit The Gohan Society’s website.
(Disclosure: The author is employed by The Gohan Society as the Executive Director.)