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December 29, 2017

Sushi on the River

By: Melinda Woodward

Sushi on the River

Our first Sushi night was a huge success. We plan to do more in the spring. Be sure and make your reservations early, this night sold out weeks in advance.

Paul was excited to finally show off his sushi skills. He had been looking forward to this night for months. Paul enjoys cooking all styles of food but sushi is his passion.

The dinner was paired with artisan meads from Oran Mor. The sweetness of the meads complimented the saltiness of the sushi well.

The menu was Omakase Kaiseki.  The guests put their trust in Paul and were not disappointed.

Omakase (Japanese: お任せ Hepburn: o-makase) is a Japanese phrase that means "I'll leave it up to you" (from Japanese "to entrust" (任せる makaseru)).

Kaiseki (懐石) or kaiseki-ryōri (懐石料理) is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. The term also refers to the collection of skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals, and is analogous to Western haute cuisine.

Days of preparation went into this evening.  Paul and Maddi pickled all the vegetables and ginger in house.  They also made the Sriracha and hand ground the wasabi.  The courses included:

edamame - black lava salt

clams - sake, butter

sunomono - asian greens, ginger miso dressing

pork belly - bok choy, chantrelle, soft egg, dashi

maple glazed squash

ceviche - tako, lime, cilantro

sashimi - kampachi, ocean trout, toro, aged shoyu, wasabi

kampachi - aged shoyu, lemon, kizame

tai snapper - yuzu koshu

oceat trout - aged shoyu, wasabi

hirame - lime zest, siracha

toro - aged shoyu, kizame

oyster - ponzu, lemon, siracha

scallop - lemon, honey, smoked maldon

miso - pork jelly, wild porcini

gen mai chai - green tea

yaki satsuma - sweet potato dumpling,brown sugar bourbon apple jam, smoked honey, shisho

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