Father's Day is June 16

We are thrilled to host Hannah Kirshner, American food stylist and author of Water, Wood & Wild Things: Learning the Craft and Cultivation in a Japanese Mountain Town, for a super special, intimate event at Umami Mart. Kirshner will be discussing her experiences in the mountains of Ishikawa, including working at Matsuura Shuzo over the winter sake brewing season – and we're especially thrilled that she will be demonstrating how to make umeboshi, a recipe that is featured in the Wild Things section of her book.

Kirshner describes traditional activities of the town by introducing memorable characters such as Nakajima-san, an outspoken wood turner who makes delicate sake cups, to a band of fearless saka-ami (duck hunting by net) hunters. Acknowledging her privilege as an outsider to learn from these masters, Kirshner's spirit to go "all-in" and live amongst this small community is both inspiring and entertaining.

Part travelogue, part meditation on the meaning of work, and full of her own drawings and recipes, Kirshner's refreshing book is an ode to a place and its people, as well as a profound examination of what it means to sustain traditions and find purpose in cultivation and craft.

WHAT: Water, Wood & Wild Things Event: Making Umeboshi w. Hannah Kirshner
Get your book signed by Kirshner herself and learn how to make umeboshi, while sipping on sakes from Ishikawa at this immersive event.

WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2022, 5-6:30pm

WHERE: Umami Mart
4027 Broadway
Oakland CA 94611

ADMISSION: Free for talk and demo, sake charged by the glass (21+)
RSVP to shop@umamimart.com