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February 7, 2018

Taste of Kyoto with Chef Kunio Tokuoka at 53 By The Sea

Popular Kaka‘ako fine dining restaurant 53 By The Sea presents, Taste of Kyoto, an unforgettable week of epicurean experiences featuring Chef Kunio Tokuoka, executive chef of KYOTO KITCHO. The six-Michelin-starred chef will be in Honolulu for three exclusive events on March 13, 15, and 16, all at 53 By The Sea.

The oceanfront venue will be transformed to provide guests an authentic Kyoto dining experience. Each meal in the three-part culinary series is inspired by Chef Tokuoka’s masterful work at KYOTO KITCHO. Often heralded as the epitome of Japanese fine dining, the restaurant is well-known among worldly epicureans for its impressive setting and ceremonious, multi-course menus. Tickets are now available; visit www.53bythesea.com/TOK for details.

“We are humbled to welcome back the incredibly talented Chef Tokuoka to provide this unique ‘Taste of Kyoto’ experience for our guests,” said Tony Castillo, General Manager of 53 By The Sea. “This is truly a very special opportunity for the people of Hawaii to enjoy the cuisine of such a world-class artist, and we are proud to be able to host Chef Tokuoka and his KITCHO team for this exciting week of culinary events.”
                                                                                    
The three-part series includes:

Chef Tokuoka’s Omakase Lunch Course

Tuesday, March 13 (Time: 11:30AM tea / 12:00PM lunch)
Chef Tokuoka combines fresh seasonal ingredients with three generations of KYOTO KITCHO history to create a traditional Japanese lunch experience at the stunning 53 By The Sea. Opening with a Japanese tea ceremony, guests will enjoy the flavors of Kyoto with a specially prepared menu featuring the best of the kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) culinary tradition. Limit 100 guests.
Price: $185 (includes beverage pairing, tax and service).

Evening Extraordinaire
Thursday, March 15 (Time: 6:00PM cocktails / 6:30PM dinner)

Building upon the deep bonds of friendship between Japan and Hawaii, three world-class chefs and one master sommelier will come together for the very first time. Chef Kunio Tokuoka (KYOTO KITCHO), Chef Alan Wong (Alan Wong’s), Chef Chris Kajioka (Senia), and Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo will work together to take diners on a journey, highlighting each culture’s unique flavors over an elegant multi-course dinner. The Evening Extraordinaire will honor the 150th anniversary of Gannenmono – the first organized group of approximately 148 Japanese immigrants who arrived in Hawaii in 1868. Translated, Gannenmono means “people of the first year.” Limit 100 guests.
Price: $615 (inclusive of aperitifs, wine pairing, tax and service).

KYOTO KITCHO Experience
Friday, March 16 (Time: first seating at 5:00PM / second seating at 8:00PM)

Ensconced at the foothills of Kyoto’s Arashiyama district, amongst the beautiful temples and bamboo groves, KYOTO KITCHO is the pinnacle of the kaiseki experience. Once a simple meal served during tea ceremonies, kaiseki has since blossomed into a creative and immersive dining experience that awakens all of the senses. KYOTO KITCHO is at the forefront of this kaiseki evolution, developing new forms of expression that pay homage to kaiseki’s rich 400-year history. Limit 25 guests per seating.
Price: First seating - $800 (inclusive of sake pairing, tax and service); Second seating - $900 (inclusive of Japan-exclusive sake pairing, a special after-dinner experience with Chef Tokuoka, tax and service).

“I am grateful to 53 By The Sea for this opportunity to share kaiseki cuisine and the KITCHO experience with the people of Hawaii,” said Chef Tokuoka. “I hope that this event will continue to build upon the relationship between Hawaii and Japan and help create opportunities to spread both our unique cultures with others through our shared love of food.”

For more information on the Taste of Kyoto or to reserve your seat, please visit www.53bythesea.com/TOK or call 808-536-5353.

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