March 11, 2018
Since we opened our brick-and-mortar shop last October, we hosted our first big festival on March 4 (Sun). We called it TOIRO Spring Festival. We offered spring theme menu to sample and celebrated the new season with people who attended. At the event, we had special guests from Japan, people behind Stork Rice, from Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture. Their rice is very special and we were so excited to feature Stork Rice at the event.
It was a day after Hina Matsuri (Girls Day in Japan), so we also had a traditional display of Hina Matsuri. It was a special kind Saori has taken over from her mother.
We are a team of 6 girls…Yuko, Hiroko, Fumi, Saori, Miki, and I. We prepared everything from scratch in our tiny kitchen. With 3 units of Kamado-san, we cooked so many batches of rice all day to make so many onigiri (rice balls)!
Hundreds of people showed up to the event to celebrate with us, learn and support the wonderful Japanese food culture. The shop was so packed the whole time and people kept coming in!!
Luckily, we had a handful of volunteers, including Miki’s sweet husband and daughter, Aria!
We were so happy to see everybody’s smile and also so touched by all the support we received by them. What a happy donabe event it was! We made almost 500 onigiri, and all were gone by the end!
I was having so much fun!!
TOIRO Spring Festival
Sunday, March 4
1 pm – 4 pm
Onigiri with Natural Stork Rice & Mochi Mugi Barley
Onigiri with Natural Stork Rice (Brown Rice)
-Tajima Beef & Dried Baby Sardine Condiment (Soy Flavor)
-Tajima Beef Furikake
-Slow-Roasted Tomato & Smoked Soy Sauce
-Plum Salt & Salt-Marinated Cherry Blossom
Smoked Tasmanian Ocean Trout with Sansho & Daidai Citrus Vinaigrette
Steamed Vegetables with Shichimi-Flavored Black Sesame & Mayo Dip
Cream Cheese Canapé with Crystalized Shoyu & Katsuobushi
Matcha & Cherry Blossom Cookies
Organic Mecha (Young Shoot) Grean Tea by Jugetsudo
Matcha Latte with Almond Milk and Matcha by Jugetsudo
Kimino Yuzu Sparkling Yuzu Juice
After the event, we had a small wrap party with wine and donabe dishes at the shop in the evening.
More donabe cooking!
I feel so lucky to be in the same team with such amazing ladies and share the mission of bringing the wonderful Japanese food culture to people in America. The real girl power!
Happy donabe life.