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Upcoming Gourmet Weekend in LA!
Dining With The Chef's Rika Yukimasa matchmakes a marriage of Japanese cuisine and Californian wine.

September 1, 2016

Enjoy Japanese Cuisine at The Taste!

This event took place on Sep. 2-4. Thank you to all the people who attended!

West Coast foodies are gearing up for The Taste, an exciting epicurean jamboree held every year in Los Angeles. During the festival, from September 2-4, widely acclaimed chefs and bartenders will be setting up booths that showcase the best food and wine that LA has to offer. Meanwhile, celebrity chefs will be giving demonstrations on stage. It's easy to see why this food festival attracts over 8,000 people who love to wine and dine!

This year’s festival will feature a special guest from Japan. Chef Rika Yukimasa, from NHK World’s popular cooking program Dining with the Chef, will be giving a demonstration of Japanese cooking. Rika once studied at a university in California, so she’s really looking forward to returning to her home from home.

Rika will be demonstrating how to cook kushiage, an assortment of deep-fried breaded skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables–a very popular dish in Japan that's commonly served with beer. Inspired by her love and respect for the delectable wines of California, however, Rika will be building on her understanding of Japanese and Californian cultures to perform a marriage of kushiage and wine. She will prepare a full-course kushiage spread, pairing different ingredients and sauces with the likes of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinots and Cabernets, creating a synergy of Japanese and Californian delights.

That’s a highlight to look forward to this coming weekend at The Taste. In addition to the demonstration, you’ll have a chance to sample some Rika-style California Rolls at the NHK World booth.

If you can’t make it to The Taste, why not try your hand at kushiage yourself, referring to the recipes on our site.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dining with the Chef and Rika Yukimasa, read on!

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