On October 1, Departure paid homage to one of our founding inspirations, Japan, by celebrating International Sake Day. Sake Day represents the beginning of the brewing season each year. Brew Masters will go to the Shinto Shrine and ask for a safe and successful brewing season. To celebrate this occasion, local and revered Sake Sommelier Marcus Pakiser offered unique sake tasting to guests including “Mirror of Truth” Seikyo Takehara Junmai, ” The 55″ Watari Bune Junmai Ginjo 55, “Flower Daiginjo” Chokaisan Junmai Daiginjo, and Murai Nigori Genshu. His selections can also be found on Departure’s extensive sake list, which is one of the largest in the city.
Chef Gregory beamed at the collaboration, creating small plates to perfectly pair with his sake selections including ume shiso chicken skewers, sweet potato tempura with spicy miso, big eye tuna tataki with radish and ginger dressing and a stunning shrimp, scallop and crab congee finished with bacon and lime.