Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine Events Sep 28, 2009 Sake To Me SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest-by Kathryn McAreeI had the pleasure of meeting Artisan Sake Maker Masa Shiroki at the Taste festival this summer and was thoroughly impressed. So when I was invited to attend a sake pairing dinner in Victoria I couldn’t resist.The Mark at the Hotel Grand Pacific regularly hosts first rate winemakers dinners. September’s dinner was no exception with Executive Chef Rick Choy and Restaurant Chef Michael Minshull getting creative in the kitchen. The chef’s pairings with the many sakes were delightful. Starting with hors d’oeuvres during the reception, the meal was presented in six courses, each paired with sake.We began with the most divine sparkling sake: Masa’s own Osake Sparkling Junmai Nama. The first course, Qualicum Beach Roe on Scallop, was the beginning of a great adventure. The next course surprised me. Sturgeon. I wasn’t all that excited about sturgeon, but I was in for a pleasant surprise. It was fabulous. The meaty fish had a refreshing citrus sauce complemented by a salty dollop of caviar and a bitter bite of watercress. It worked beautifully with the sake. Another sake, paired with Braised Bison Short Rib with Buckwheat and Celery Root Ravioli, arrived and quickly became my favourite course. But then the cheese course arrived and it became my favourite…yes, a cheese course! Three cheeses in their natural state served alongside a composed state that was most impressive; Gorgonzola with a Gorgonzola cheesecake, Époisse with a gougère, and Farmhouse Cheddar with a cheesesauce filled crouton that exploded with flavour. The cheese plate paired perfectly with Osake-Junmai Nama Nigor, an unpasteurized slightly effervescent sake. This cloudy looking sake was divine. If you can believe it, there was still dessert. It was a delicious challenge after six courses and, yes, six sakes.Masa Shiroki was an absolute delight throughout the evening. With each sake, he told an enchanting story. Masa is working hard to promote sake with non-Japanese food pairings and it was obvious that the imaginative pairings pleased him. Of his sake making, Masa shared with the diners his mission: to use natural ingredients, to concentrate on small productions, and to do everything by hand. With a two month cycle for each sake, this is no simple task, but if anyone can do it, Masa Shiroki certainly can! At 59 years old, his energy is enviable; his enthusiasm contagious. Beginning to grow his own rice in Ashcroft, British Columbia, Masa wants to be the first land-based sake winery with 100% Canadian ingredients. This new endeavour is a challenge providing fruitful. Hats off to Masa Shiroki and the team at the Hotel Grand Pacific…a delightful evening!LibationsSake SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.