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#41 Jill-O

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:10 PM

Terlato Wines was featuring Shimizu-No-Mai sakes, the Pure Sake line. They had Pure Dawn (Junmai GInjo 55%), Pure Dusk (Junmai Daiginjo 45%), and Pure Night (Junmai Daiginjo 35%). Dawn is floral on the nose with a pear/apple note and bit minerally, Dusk is more of a pear/apple nose with flavors of citrus and melon, and Night is more delicate and tropical, both fruity and floral- melon/pineapple at first and then kind of a hint of honeysuckle. These are pretty nice sakes, but I have to admit that I enjoy the Joto Sake and Vine Collections selections a bit more.

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Tasting East (the restaurant that replaced Dragonfish in the Paramount Hotel) had pork buns and gyoza. They were super nice and the buns were really good. Here's a shot of the gyoza and the pork on the griddle with the prep for the buns, and one of a finished bun (well, half of one, anyway) with the dipping sauce for the gyoza (which is on the other side of the plate from what you see):

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Voicebox Karaoke (where you can rent a private room and get your karaoke on with your friends while enjoying a full service bar with a sake list, and an Asian-inspired menu) presented one of their catering items (they can cater your group or you can order off a standard menu), Pork Shoulder with Kimchi Foam. In addition to that, they also brought some jalapeno-infused sake shots...a lovely combo, I enjoyed them both.

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Wildwood's Dustin Clark was present and brought Lentil Crackers with Pork Rilletes and Kimchi. Nice combo of textures, and I liked the crackers...I'd buy a box of those.

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Bamboo Grove (in John's Landing) brought Korean Chicken, Kalua Pork and pretty Spam and Egg Musubi. The meat was very juicy and tender and it was nice that they put the sauces on the side for folks:

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Park Kitchen was there with Creole Sausage with Rhubarb and Pickled Onions. I don't know why. It was OK, but it's not necessarily something that screams, "I pair well with sake!" I liked their offerings last year more than this year.

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There was also St. Germain Liqueur on hand who was making Sake Blossoms (4 parts sake, 1 part St. Germain Elderflower liqueur) which were delicious. They also had plenty of racy postcards on hand (oh, come on, you've seen the ads plastered all over Eater.com) and recipe books...which was very nice. I like the stuff, have a bottle in my bar cabinet, love to add it to sparkling wines...and if I every buy sake I'd prefer to mix, I would definitely mix some with St. Germain.

And there was beer. Both Rogue Ales (pouring beer and spirits) and Asahi were on hand. Sapporo was supposed to have been there (they were last year) but did not show.

Some other restaurants were there like Kale and Dragonwell Bistro. Whole Foods brought a table of cheese and crackers - I don't usually reach for cheese when I pop a bottle of sake at home, but maybe some folks do.

There was a lot more sake there too. Ty-Ku brought most of their line-up. I didn't try the citrus liqueur, but Sue got some coconut nigori and we dubbed it "Malibu Sake." They were also pouring their Black (Super Premium Junmai GInjo) and White (Ultra Premium Junmai Daiginjo).

I had a pour of Kuramoto US's Shichida (Junmai Ginjo), because the Joto Sake woman said she really liked it. It was a very nice pour, very full-bodied and round with peachy sweetness and long finish.

The pourer for Gravel Road Wine was pouring in the reverse order...and I could not sway her in her mission. Too bad, because I am sure the Junmai Ginjo would have tasted a bit better had it preceded the Junmai Daiginjo. ;o)

And of course, local sakery Sake One was there with their Momokawa line-up as well as their imports (Murai Family and Yoshinogawa). And I have to say, I went to the afterparty at Saucebox and had a wonderful drink on their special Sakefest menu made with Sake One's G Joy sake. It was a not-too-sweet herby sake sour made with ginger vodka and shiso - just incredibly well-balanced and lovely (and because I needed another drink...yeah, right ;o). I was one of the cool kids hanging with Sip With Me's Tamara Belgard and the Danehowers. Tamara's wine blog is good: http://sipwithme.blogspot.com/ and Cole Danehower Co-publishes and Edits a nice magazine: http://northwestpalate.com/

I will leave you with one find of the night. Something unexpected. Gekkeikan has a Junmai GInjo that was shockingly delicious. Their Horin Ultra Premium is worth finding. At around $35/bottle, it tastes like it costs a heckuva lot more.

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It was great to see Jennifer there, but I have no idea why more folks from this site don't go to this event. I know a bunch of you are big sake lovers...trust me, this event is worth the effort on a weeknight. One of the best events all year.

Big thanks to David Wagner and Ed Markus of Event Navigators for such a great time. They are super nice guys who throw one kickass sake party!
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:07 PM

Sigh, I wish I could have gone!! I went in 2010 and it was amazing.

Does anyone know if they are going to have a consistent time of year (or year, for that matter) that they do this?

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 03:33 PM

Great pics! Thanks for taking the time out of your fun night out to share.
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:20 AM

You are welcome! Thanks for the appreciation!
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:42 PM

EARLY DISCOUNT!!

OK people, this is really one of my favorite, if not my ultimate favorite, events of the year here in Portland. If you love sake, you really have to get yourself to this one.

http://www.sakefestpdx.com/

It looks like tickets are going to be $50 this year, but if you order yours before 12/31/12, you can save $5. Apply that $5 to your cab fare...you don't want to drive to this event, there's too much awesome sake to drink there.

It's going to be Thurday, June 27th at the Governor Hotel 6:30pm-9pm.

There is usually great entertainment, delicious food, and tons of awesome sakes to try...samples are unlimited until they run out!

More info as it becomes available...
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:15 PM

Wow, that's some serious advance notice. :lol:

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:50 PM

OK, maybe the $5 discount December was a bit too early for you.

 

Well, now this awesome event is only about 3 weeks away!!

 

The best part is, now you can save $10 by using the code FB - that is a lot of sake and other great stuff for $40...seriously, I love this event!

 

http://eventnavigato.../sake-fest-pdx/


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 09:09 AM

Here's another way to save $10 on a Sake Fest PDX ticket... bring along 9 friends... groups of 10 or more tickets are always discounted to $40 each!


http://eventnavigato.../sake-fest-pdx/


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 09:28 AM

Here's an official press release which has up to date lists of drinks and food:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Sake Fest PDX Returns to Portland June 27, 2013 at The Governor Hotel

PORTLAND’S TOP CHEFS DEMONSTRATE HOW TO PAIR ANY CUISINE WITH SAKE AT THE

3rd ANNUAL SAKE FEST PDX

 

BENEFITTING THE JAPAN-AMERICA SOCIETY OF OREGON (JASO)

 

Thursday, June 27, 6:30 to 9 PM at The Governor Hotel

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – June 6, 2013 – Nearly 40 Portland chefs and International sake producers will gather and share the versatile (and often mysterious) world of Sake - including Oregon’s own SakéOne based in Forest Grove. More than a drink served with Japanese food or quaffed in a cocktail, Sake is an unexpected gourmet addition to the table - as versatile as wine or beer. “Participants attending Sake Fest PDX will experience dozens of sake varieties and learn how to pair it with any type of food from some of our best local chefs.” says Marcus V. Pakiser, Sake Fest PDX’s internationally renowned sake sommelier. He continues, “Samples of Japanese and American brands and premium and several rare sake will be available, as will regionally micro brewed ‘jizake,’ which means small, regional sake brewer. Talented, local Chefs from area restaurants and shops will prepare and serve a selection of appetizers, entrée samples, artisan chocolates, cheeses, pizza and foods that complement different types of sake.”

“Sake Fest PDX offers not only a great selection of premium sake poured by informed professionals, but its pairing versatility with any cuisine will far exceed your expectations”, says Raven & Rose’s prominent Chef, David Padberg.

 

· Special Guest: The newly formedJapanese Culinary Arts Network (j-can.net) will be presenting artisan crafted Sakai Ichi kitchen knives from Japan. This introduces the expansion of Sake Fest PDX into a “lifestyle” event.

 

· Learn to pair any food with sake like a pro: Similar in profile to wine, sake is valued for its fragrance, impact, sweet or dry finish, acidity, presence and complexity. Guests will enjoy pairings including Saucebox’s suckling pig; Whole Foods Market/Pearl District’s international cheese sampler; artisan chocolates by Batch PDX and Smitten Truffles, pizza from Sizzle Pie and a variety of foods from many more of Portland’s top chefs and food purveyors. (List below)

 

· Kigami Biraki: The evening will kick off with this traditional barrel breaking ceremony meaning “welcome and good luck” (bring your own towel!) lead by the Honorable Hiroshi Furusawa, Consul General of Japan in Portland.

 

· Networking opportunities: Meet a new friend / business contact or bring a new friend - the perfect event to enjoy a fun / casual social experience or build a new business partnership.

 

 

Food Provided By (list complete as of 6-6-13)

Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille

Batch PDX

Behind the Museum Café

Biwa

JFC International Inc.

Masu

Miho Izakaya

Saucebox

Sok Sab Bai

Sizzle Pie Pizza

Smitten Truffles

Whole Foods Market – Pearl District

Wildwood Restaurant and Bar

Yakuza

 

Saké Provided By

Choya Plum Wines

Glide Beverage

Hakushika

Japan Prestige Sake Association

JFC International Inc

Joto Saké

Kuramoto US

Moonstone

Momokawa Saké

Murai Family of Sake

Ozeki Sake

Pacific International Liquor, Inc.

SakéMoto

SakéOne

Sapporo Imported Premium Beer

Shimizu-No-Mai

Terlato Wines International

The Floating World

TY • KU Sake

Vine Connections

Winebow

Yoshinogawa

 

About Sake Fest
Sake Fest was created in Philadelphia by Ed Markus & David Wagner, owners of Event Navigators, a national event production company specializing in fundraising events for non-profit organizations. Sake Fest PDX’s mission is to educateall consumers about the versatility of pairing sake with virtually any style cuisine – from cheeses to chocolates and everything in between – even pizza and pulled pork! Portlanders have embraced this team as one of their own.

 

When Thursday, June 27, 2013, 6:30 – 9 PM

 

Where The Governor Hotel, Heritage Ballroom,Downtown Portland, Oregon

 

Benefits A portion of the net proceeds benefit theJapan-America Society of Oregon JASO is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.

 

Tickets $50 per person in advance online -SakeFestPDX.com; $60 at the door (Adults 21 and older only). (See above for discount codes to get $10 off per ticket in advance)

 

Producer Event Navigators, LLC – based in Gladwyne, PA – non-profit event planning specialists for 18 years -SakeFestPDX@eventnavigators.com610-649-6330


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 09:51 AM

This is tomorrow!! Git yer tickets!
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Posted 27 June 2013 - 01:33 PM

Limited number of tickets available at the door tonight for $60...for all you non-plannin' fly by the seat of your kimono types!  ;o)


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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:16 AM

So...how was it?



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 03:39 PM

It was awesome - over 100 sakes! I do have pics but have been unable to process and post. Will try to do that this weekend...have had crazy busy week and had to work today. Stay tuned!
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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:05 AM

I thought it was a really great event.  Such a wide variety of sakes, and so many that I hadn't had before.  The crowd was sizable, but not too crowded.  I though the food was also very good (roasted pig by Saucebox tops for me).  Incredible deal, too.  Thank heavens we were walking home!



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 12:18 PM

Hey folks, it's that time of year again!! This is the BEST single night booze and food event in town. You can try over 130 different sakes, beers, etc. It is a great value for the price and there is always great entertainment too!  You need to go!!  See ya there?

 

For more info and to buy tickets: http://www.sakefestpdx.com/

 

 

Sake Fest PDX Returns to Portland June 26, 2014

PORTLAND CHEFS DEMONSTRATE HOW TO PAIR ANY CUISINE WITH SAKE

AT THE

4th ANNUAL SAKE FEST PDX

 

BENEFITTING THE JAPAN-AMERICA SOCIETY OF OREGON (JASO)

 

Thursday, June 26, 6:30 to 9 PM at Sentinel, A Provenance Hotel

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 17, 2014 – Portland chefs, local and International sake producers will gather and share the versatile (and often mysterious) world of Sake -including Oregon’s own SakéOne based in Forest Grove.  More than a drink served with Japanese food or quaffed in cocktails, Sake is an unexpected gourmet addition to the table - as versatile as wine or beer.  “Participants attending Sake Fest PDX will experience dozens of sake varieties and learn how to pair it with any type of food from some of our best local chefs.” says Marcus V. Pakiser, Sake Fest PDX spokesperson and internationally renowned sake sommelier. He continues, “Samples of Japanese and American brands and premium and several rare sake will be available, as will regionally micro brewed ‘jizake,’ which means small, regional sake brewer. Talented, local Chefs from area restaurants and shops will prepare and serve a selection of appetizers, entrée samples, artisan chocolates, pizza and foods that complement different types of sake.”

“Sake Fest PDX offers not only a great selection of premium sake poured by informed professionals, but its pairing versatility with any cuisine will far exceed your expectations”, David Padberg, Chef Instructor & Director of Curriculum at Good Keuken. 

 

·       Learn to pair any food with sake like a pro:  Similar in profile to wine, sake is valued for its fragrance, impact, sweet or dry finish, acidity, presence and complexity. Guests will enjoy pairings including Saucebox’s suckling pig; Whole Foods Market/Pearl District’s international cheese sampler; artisan chocolates by Batch PDX, Smitten Truffles, Coco Tutti (of San Francisco), Treehouse Chocolate Co., Xocolatl de David and a variety of foods from many more of Portland’s top chefs and finest eateries. (See list below)

 

·       Kigami Biraki:  The evening will kick off with this traditional barrel breaking ceremony meaning “welcome and good luck”. (Bring your own towel.)

 

·       Provenance Hotels recent purchase of The Governor Hotel and name change to “Sentinel” brings a fresh look and vitality to downtown Portland.

 

·       Networking opportunities: Meet a new friend / business contact or bring a new friend - the perfect event to enjoy a casual social experience or build a new business partnership.

 

About Japanese Alcoholic Beverages

Sake is a drink made from rice that originated in China approximately 5,000 years ago.  It came to Japan around the 3rd century AD where it has been constantly enhanced and refined.  Sake, as it is known today, originated at the beginning of the 20th century with the advent of modern brewing and bottling techniques. Surprising many Westerners, beer is actually the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. The art of brewing beer was imported in the early Meiji Period from Germany as a development project for the northern island of Hokkaido.

 

Food Provided By (list complete as of 4-17-14)

Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille

Batch PDX

Behind the Museum Café

Biwa

Coco Tutti (of San Francisco)

Hokusei

JFC International Inc.

Little Boba Truck

Miho Izakaya

Saucebox

Sok Sab Bai

Smitten Truffles

Treehouse Chocolate Co.

Uwajimaya

Whole Foods Market – Pearl District

Xocolatl de David

Yakuza

Yama Sushi & Sake Bar

 

Saké Provided By (List complete as of 4-17-14)

Asahi Breweries, Ltd.

Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.

Glide Beverage (Oregon)

Hakushika

Hakutsuru

JFC International Inc

Joto Saké

Kasumi Tsuru

Kuramoto US

Moonstone (Oregon)

Momokawa Saké

Murai Family of Sake

Ozeki Sake

Rogue Ales (Oregon)

SakéMoto

SakéOne (Oregon)

Sapporo Imported Premium Beer

Shimizu-No-Mai

Terlato Wines International

The Floating World

Vine Connections

Winebow

Yoshinogawa


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 02:20 PM

This is totally on my calendar. I'm kind of holding out to see if a discount code pops up first, though. ;)



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Posted 24 April 2014 - 02:36 PM

You know I'll post it here if/when it does loof!  :thumbsup:


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 06:27 AM

This is totally on my calendar. I'm kind of holding out to see if a discount code pops up first, though. ;)

 

code is  SAKEONE


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:34 AM

This is totally on my calendar. I'm kind of holding out to see if a discount code pops up first, though. ;)

 

code is  SAKEONE

 

Yep that code gets you a $10 discount...and it is worth it at $50, IMO, so $40 is a GREAT deal. 


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:44 PM

Thanks, everyone, I used the code. See you there! This is a great event.