Sake + Shochu Talk

Update (Thurs. 11/11, 12pm PST): EVENT SOLD OUT!!!


Wow THIRTY Umamiventures, can you believe? Pretty damn awesome, considering the very first one was in 2007, on a trek out to Flushing, Queens for quite possibly the best dim sum in New York City.

I'm living in the Bay Area now, and still organizing these events monthly. We're thirty deep! Umamiventures have become so integral to this blog-- it's such a wonderful way to meet ya'll in REAL LIFE!

And to celebrate the launch of the Umamimart Shop (coming Nov. 16th!), in line with the limited edition UM Artist Mug, our next event will be with San Francisco-based coffee roasting company, Four Barrel, for a private coffee cupping (aka tasting) on Sunday November 21 at 5pm. They have also generously offered to give us a tour of their impressive in-house roasting facilities, as well as talk with us about their farming, processing and sourcing practices.

This is an Umamiventure that I'm particularly excited about since Four Barrel is breaking some serious ground in the coffee world. Jeremy Tooker, founder of Four Barrel, was recognized recently as one of Food & Wine magazine's 40 Big Food Thinkers Under 40, and is known to champion small single-farm beans, in accordance with their seasonality. He's all about letting the beans work their magic, instead of manipulating them through the roasting process.

Four Barrel only opened in 2008, and is already such a big deal nationally! Its beans can be found at Maialino restaurant in NYC now too. HOT.

I hope you will join us. The event will be at Four Barrel, in the Mission district of San Francisco (Valencia at 14th Street). Since this event is private, we're capping it at 15 lucky people. Please RSVP on the Facebook event page, twitter me, comment below, or email me directly at You will receive an email from me to confirm your spot.

Don't miss this! Make sure to RSVP! Can't wait to see all of you.


*Special thanks to Pamela and Emily of Four Barrel for helping me put this event together. It's gonna be AWESOME!

**Umamiventures are organized monthly, traveling far and wide to find good, cheap grub off the beaten path.

***Become a Facebook Fan or follow UM on Twitter to stay updated on all future trips!

Past Umamiventures include:
1.) Ocean Jewel Restaurant – Flushing, NYC; June 2007
2.) Red Hook Ball Fields - NYC; June 2007
3.) Taste of Jackson Heights – NYC; October, 2007
4.) Sripraphai Restaurant – Woodside, NYC; November 2007
5.) WINTERMARKET – South St. Seaport, NYC; December 2007
6.) Jackson Diner- Jackson Heights, NYC; January 2008
7.) Pacificana – Sunset Park, NYC; February 2008
8.) Puerto Alegre – The Mission, SF; March 2008
9.) Dinosaur BBQ – Harlem, NYC; April 2008
10.) Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden – Astoria, NYC; May 2008
11.) Brooklyn Banh Mi Crawl – Sunset Park, NYC; August 2008
12.) Sheapshead Bay Lobster Crawl – NYC; September 2008
13.) Flushing Food Circuit – NYC; October 2008
14.) Strong Beer Month – SF; March 2009
15.) Loisaida Throwback Crawl – NYC; April 2009
16.) Harley Farms Goat Dairy – Pescadero, CA; June 2009
17.) Tomales Bay Oyster Farm – Marshall, CA; August 2009
18.) Din Tai Fung – LA; September 2009
19.) Din Tai Fung – Tokyo; September 2009
20.) Schroeder’s Oktoberfest – SF; October 2009
21.) Fish Taco Crawl – San Diego; November 2009
22.) St. George Spirits & Hangar One Vodka -  Alameda; January 2010
22.5) Everett & Jones – OAK; January 2010
23.) Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse – NYC; February 2010
24.) Guerilla Ramen Night – SF; April 2010
25.) Knife Sharpening Workshop at Hida Tool & Hardware – Berkeley, May 2010
26.) San Pedro Fish Market - LA, June 2010
26.5.) Candytown – LA, June 2010
27.) The Trappist – Oakland, July 2010
28.) San Tung Restaurant – SF, August 2010
29.) Bitters Tasting with A.B. Smeby - Brooklyn, NYC, September 2010