Saturday, August 21, 2010

Healthy Food and Green Festival - August 22nd

The Healthy Food & Green Festival is the second festival in JapanTown's three-part series that will take place on August 22nd, 2010. Promoting a healthy lifestyle using Japanese ingredients and cooking methods, the festival aims to enlighten New Yorkers about the many wholesome foods and flavors of Japan and how to incorporate them into American kitchens, ultimately increasing the understanding of Japanese culture through food. Starring in the festival are the flavorful offerings from international Japanese brands and local restaurants.

The Healthy Food & Green festival's main attraction is the Essence of Japanese Cuisine demonstrations sponsored by JRO (Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad), whose mission is to teach the world about Japanese food culture. The demonstrations will feature the many versatile ways to utilize Japanese ingredients in everyday life and will be hosted by Chef Billy Strynkowski of Cooking Light magazine, Chef Fred Sabo of the Met Museum's Trustees Dining Room, Jenna Zimmerman, an Assistant Culinary Producer from the Food Network, and veteran chefs of Japanese cuisine from Tanuki Tavern, Sushiden, Souen, and Hakata Tonton.

Demonstration Schedule

11:00 AM Introduction

Healthy Home Cooking (by Billy Strynkowski)

What is Umami? (by Chef Fred Sabo)

11:15 AM Dashi & Umami

How to Make Miso Soup/How to Use Miso  (by Marukome USA) *Free tastings!

12:00 PM Sushi

How to Make Sushi (by Koji Kimura of Sushiden. Cooking materials by the Japanese Culinary Center)

12:45 PM Okonomiyaki

How to Make Okonomiyaki (by Otafuku) *Free tastings!
1:30 PM Healthy Cooking

by Masaki Nakayama, chef of Tanuki Tavern and Japanese healthy cooking professional

2:15 PM Mentaiko

What is Mentaiko (by Exec. Chef Koji Hagihara of Hakata Tonton) *Free tastings!

3:00 PM Macrobiotic Food

by Hirokazu Yoda, Exec. Chef of Souen

3:45 PM Soybeans

How to Make Hiyayako Tofu (by Chef Fred Sabo)

Tofu Cooking (by Chef Fred Sabo)

When: Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

11 AM - 6 PM

Where: Midtown, Madison Avenue between 43rd and 45th Streets