sake appreciation

Sake is a popular beverage but how it pairs with food is still a mystery to most of us. While many people first encounter sake on sushi menus, where sake really shines is with izakaya or tavern style Japanese small plates. Izakaya is getting more and more popular in San Francisco. Great places to try izakaya dishes include Hime, Oyaji and O Izakaya Lounge.

Here’s another great opportunity to try izakaya style cuisine paired and sake. The Japan Society of Northern California, in cooperation with Sozai Restaurant and Sake Lounge and True Sake, presents its next Japanese Language & Cultural Experience Workshop: Sake Appreciation.

Matching food and sake is just like matching food and wine. It’s a fun, imprecise process that largely depends on your own unique taste buds. What’s a perfect match to one may be the ultimate mismatch to another. The important thing is what’s delicious to you!

What: Sake Appreciation
Where: Sozai Restaurant and Sake Lounge, 1500 Irving St., San Francisco
When: 6:00pm-8:00pm, Tuesday, July 15, 2008
How: $30 Japan Society Language Students, $35 Japan Society Members, $45 Non-Members, Space is limited; please RSVP by Friday, July 10th.
Why: This informative tasting workshop will detail different types of sake and answer questions about the intricacies of food pairing. A variety of seasonal delicacies will be served during the tasting, pairing each sake with traditional and contemporary Japanese tapas, all created by Chef Mari.
Note: Although this is a language workshop and some sake-related vocabulary will be introduced, all Japanese language levels are welcome to participate.

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