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Small Bites Big Sips - A Taste of Sake
Cooking by the Book
New York, NY
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In this, Small Bites Big Sips class come and learn about the very elusive spirit of Sake. Sake is one spirit that many of us want to enjoy, but just are not sure how to approach.  Come and join us as we will be hosting 6 Sake producers from Japan as we pour a total of 9 sakes, some of which are not available yet in the US.  

Our class will be lead by Sake Ambassador, Monica Samules and she will be covering Sake from its beginnings to understanding how Sake pairs with a variety of unexpected and very delicious foods.

Monica's topics will include:

- Step by step breakdown of the Sake making process
- How to taste Sake
- How sake pairs with food
- Demystifying common misconceptions about Sake
- Tips on ordering Sake from a restaurant or retail shop
- Interactive tasting with the Sake producers

Full list of sakes:

- Hakurakusei Junmai Daiginjo
- Katsuyama Junmai Daiginjo
- Jokigen Kimoto Junmai Ginjo
- Yonetsuru Kappa Tokubetsu Junmai
- Zaku Junmai
- Saika Junmai Ginjo
- Toyo Bijin Junmai Ginjo, Ohkarakuchi
- Shun Junmai
- Hojo Biden Yamahai Junmai

- The evenings Sakes' will be paired with foods from D.Coluccio and Sons of Brooklyn they will include imported cheeses, salami, olives, and chocolates.

About Monica Samuels - Monica Samuels is the Sake Ambassador for Southern Wine & Spirits, the country's largest distributor of wine and spirits.  Through constant education of the trade and sales force, sourcing new products to fit the changing demands of the market, and coming up with unique and innovative ways to introduce sake to novices, she is truly changing the way that we view and drink sake today.  Monica has studied extensively under John Gauntner, the world's leading sake educator.  She was notably part of the first group to pass Gauntner's Advanced Level Sake Professional exam in 2008.

In 2011, she was selected as one of five US judges for the Annual US Sake appraisal, a tasting and scoring of over 300 sakes.  Monica is an educator for the International Tasters' Guild and is on the winter 2013 curriculum as a lecturer for the Culinary Institute of America.  Monica is also the sake columnist for Serious Eats, a James Beard award winning food blog.

Before her current role at Southern Wine & Spirits, Monica was the Corporate Sake Sommelier for SushiSamba, an international restaurant group fusing the flavors of Japan, Brazil, and Peru.

Monica was born in Los Angeles and spent summers in Tokyo at her grandmother's house growing up.  As a bilingual individual with a unique perspective on two very different cultures, she has been particularly successful in demystifying sake to the US audience.   Her years in the hospitality business and ingrained passion for the restaurant industry have given her a unique understanding of pairing sake with food, particularly outside of the traditional Japanese setting.
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Cooking by the Book (View)
13 Worth Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013
United States

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Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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