Sake is an alcohol made from rice that is extremely food friendly, and pairs well with a wide variety of cuisines. While it is popular in many parts of the world, many are unfamiliar with the nuances of the different varieties and drinking traditions. On Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM, China Blossom Restaurant & Lounge, located in North Andover, MA, is dedicating a night to educating guests on the wonders of this unique drink with a three-course prix fixe “Sake to Me” dinner.
Certified Sake Professional, and author of The Passionate Foodie blog, Richard Auffrey, will guide guests through the meal as they sample Junmai, Junmai Gingo and Kimoto/Yamahai sakes along with dishes from China Blossom like Peking ravioli (pan-fried pork dumplings with a homemade ginger sauce), tung ting shrimp (jumbo shrimp lightly sautéed with vegetables), pepper steak (wok-stirred steak with green and red bell peppers) and more. For $40 per person, guests will enjoy three courses, each expertly paired with a sake, followed by an aperitif of sparkling sake to refresh the palate and end the night on a bubbly note.
Sake originated in China, but it was the Japanese who mastered the brewing of this intriguing drink. It shares similarities with both wine and beer although it is neither, and just as it takes a special grape to make a good wine, the production of premium sake requires a special type of rice that is larger and contains more starch than what is typically eaten. By sharing his wealth of knowledge, Auffrey aims to spread his appreciation for sake by giving tips on tasting, selecting and pairing sake for any occasion and palate.
Reservations are required. Please call 978-682-2242 for reservations or visit www.chinablossom.com for more information. Must be 21+ to attend.
COST: $40 per person. Tax and gratuity not included.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM.
WHERE: China Blossom, 946 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA 01845; 978-682-2242